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Today we have a short update and few insights that you may find interesting when it comes to baking your own hackathon!
In the coming months we have innovation workshops, private hackathons and co-creation sessions, all of which require a lot of effort in preparing, whatever the title they share a few common requirements, and all have a similar recipe for success.
First things first. We break down every event into 3 parts, pre-event, event-time and post-event, think of this as your entrée, main and dessert.
Have a clear title and description of what your event is about
Make it clear who it's for, what is going to be 'hacked', and what resources will be available for the hacking. Have a good title and make it easy for people to tell their friends and colleagues about.
Make it meaningful to the participants
Hackathons focus on one of three domains, creating solutions for a cause, making use of a vibrant community or evangelising new products. Ideally getting a balance of all 3 will lead to awesome results.
Attract a range of different people
Variety is the spice of life, at hackathons this is what can make or break teams and deliver impressive or depressing projects. Your goal is to recruit a good mixture of developers, designers, business geeks, and keep the gender ratio balanced.
Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration
Idea generation is from start to finish, make the event conducive so people can discuss, collaborate and get inspired by their surroundings. On top of that find great talent coaches to mentor, present and challenge participants.
Creativity requires out of the box thinking, which ultimately requires getting away from screens and focusing the mind on something else. Breakout sessions for new technologies, products, time for games or even a yoga class (We've seen this before!) can deliver great results.
Hackers are human
As much as the media portrays startups and hackers as magical entities which can deliver unreal results and survive only on beer and pizza, this generally is not the case. Participants should have good healthy fuel, a nice working environment and should be able to get adequate sleep.
Make it measurable
Metrics are important for anything that you plan repeating and wish to improve. Typically you can measure projects completed, total attendees, social buzz and even ask participants for qualitative feedback.
Keep people engaged
Beyond the hackathon, help the people your brought together to continue their endeavours. There are many online platforms for collaboration, find an online space for each event and allow projects and ideas to continue to flourish.
Organise more events
Of course online communities are great, but you don't get the same buzz and creative flow as at hackathon-like events. Plan meetups to keep the communities vibrant and try to recruit participants to help plan and organise future events.
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