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Help! I’m going to a Hackathon! | Beginner’s Guide to Hacking

Help! I’m going to a Hackathon! | Beginner’s Guide to Hacking

You’ve just signed up for a hackathon or a friend has given you a ticket. Now what?

First of all, don’t panic. I know that it can be nerve-racking, but let’s define some terms for you and talk about why most folks go and what’s going to happen at a general level.

What is a hackathon?

Everyone has their own specific definition of what a hackathon actually is, but this is my version: A hackathon is essentially a design sprint that can last a few hours to a few weeks. The goal is basically to innovate and create fun solutions to problems.

Details You Shouldn’t Overlook When Planning a Hackathon

Details You Shouldn’t Overlook When Planning a Hackathon

Planning a hackathon can be resource-intensive beyond regular event planning where you just have to order some catering and put up some décor. A hackathon is more of a niche event in terms of the setup and running of the event, so don’t miss the details! They are important.

The 3 Fastest Ways to Improve your Hackathon

The 3 Fastest Ways to Improve your Hackathon

Improving events can be a tricky task since there are so many variables that are outside of your control. For any event organizer out there, I hear your struggles and feel your pain. So for folks that are organizing hackathons, here are a few things from me to you that I have found can vastly improve your event.

Are civic hackathons impactful?

Are civic hackathons impactful?

I’ve had this discussion many times with different folks that are getting used to the concept of civic hacking. The first question is usually, “how are civic hackathons any different from rallies or public hearings?” Followed by, “is there any actual community impact from these sprint-like events?” So let’s break this down in this post.