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Zen and the Art of the Hackathon
27 Sep 2013 / Geeks on a Beach / Jim Ayson
Organizing Hackathons in the Philippines
Some Stuff About Me
Where to find me:
Twitter & Instagram @jimayson
Facebook.com/jimayson
Facebook.com/groups/smartdevnet
...
Standard Disclaimer
Many images for this presentation were copied from the
web. Copyright belongs to the creators. No copy...
Download this!
Download or view this
presentation online at:
http://slideshare.net/jimayson
Contents
• What is a hackathon?
• Why do Hackathons?
• How to organize a hackathon
• Basic recipe for a hackathon
• Hackat...
What is a Hackathon?
• Traditional:
A developer competition where a challenge is presented,
teams build a software or hard...
What is a Hackathon?
Non-Traditional:
An exercise in developing ideas or solutions to problems within a
very compressed ti...
What a Hackathon Isn’t
• It is not a competition for Breaking and Entering into
systems. Not about “hacking into” websites.
Other terms for Hackathons:
• CodeCamp
• Codefest
• HackDay
• HackFest
• Or just plain
“Hack”
HACKING = all about building
• Credo in organizations like Facebook - “Hack” is everywhere
• Their campus address is 1 Hac...
Hacker Square
Origins!
• Started in 1999 –
Java One
Conference
• Challenge: write a
Java program for
the Palm V to
communicate with
othe...
They just got bigger and bigger
Why do Hackathons?
Developer Outreach
• Hackathons are a key element in developer outreach
– “try before you buy”
• Promote technologies, and...
Facebook Hack
TechCrunch Disrupt HackathonTechCrunch Disrupt
AT&T Developer Summit
AngelHack Manila
Hacks = IDEAS
New uses for Hackathons
• Development Program Promotion
• Policy Promotion
• Urban Planning
• Marketing Ideas
• Startup Id...
Basic Elements of Hackathons
… Or what we’ve learned from organizing hack events in the
Philippines
Start with the Concept:
What is the purpose of the
Hackathon?
Sample Themes:
• Use of an API
• Startup Ideas
• Music App Hackathon
• Agricultural
Applications
• Apps for Development
• ...
Get Sponsors
to help out
Announce the Date Early
Do a Pre-Event
• Typicaly held one week before the major hack,
explains the rules, the challenge, the prizes.
Use tools like EventBrite.com for registration and ticket
sales
TIP: Most Events are FREE, but if
you want to control access to a
hack, charge a nominal
registration fee.
Promote thru
Social Media
(mainly Facebook
and Twitter)
Don’t forget the event hashtag!
But don’t forget the power of the press release
Other Tools: Hackathon.IO
Basic Elements of a Hackathon
Preliminary Talks
State the Rules for the Hack
Present The Hack Challenge(s)
Break up into Teams
Register the teams in Hackathon.io
Hackmasters and Mentors
The Hack
6, 9, 12, 24 hours of hacking!!
Food and
Entertainment
• Pizza
• Redbull
• Beer
• Full buffet meals
• Games
• The all-night music
playlist – is very
impor...
Pizza = king of
hacker food
We had
Lechon once!
(AngelHack
Manila)
Massages!
The Hackathon Judges
The Pitch = 3 to 1 minutes to pitch!
The Awards and Prizes
The Follow Through
• Advance to the global hack/competition
• Mentoring of the winning team
• Refine product so it becomes...
SMART DevNet and how we use
Hackathons
• Promotion for
our developer
program
• Promotion for
our APIs and
Partner APIs
• G...
Join us!
• Like us:
Facebook.com/SmartDevN
et
• Talk to us:
Facebook.com/groups/sma
rtdevnet
• Follow us:
twitter.com/smar...
The End
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Zen and the Art of the Hackathon: Organizing Hackathons in the Philippines. My presentation at Geeks on a Beach, Sept 27, 2013, Boracay Island, Philippines.

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  1. 1. Zen and the Art of the Hackathon 27 Sep 2013 / Geeks on a Beach / Jim Ayson Organizing Hackathons in the Philippines
  2. 2. Some Stuff About Me Where to find me: Twitter & Instagram @jimayson Facebook.com/jimayson Facebook.com/groups/smartdevnet Senior Manager, Partner Management, SMART Covers Technology Partnerships, Content Provider (CP) Management, Developer Relations, and Music Partnerships (Indie Artist Program) Founder, head honcho, community manager guy
  3. 3. Standard Disclaimer Many images for this presentation were copied from the web. Copyright belongs to the creators. No copyright infringement was intended.
  4. 4. Download this! Download or view this presentation online at: http://slideshare.net/jimayson
  5. 5. Contents • What is a hackathon? • Why do Hackathons? • How to organize a hackathon • Basic recipe for a hackathon • Hackathon promotion
  6. 6. What is a Hackathon? • Traditional: A developer competition where a challenge is presented, teams build a software or hardware project (plan and develop it), present it to judges, and a winner is adjudged, in 24-48 hours.
  7. 7. What is a Hackathon? Non-Traditional: An exercise in developing ideas or solutions to problems within a very compressed time frame.
  8. 8. What a Hackathon Isn’t • It is not a competition for Breaking and Entering into systems. Not about “hacking into” websites.
  9. 9. Other terms for Hackathons: • CodeCamp • Codefest • HackDay • HackFest • Or just plain “Hack”
  10. 10. HACKING = all about building • Credo in organizations like Facebook - “Hack” is everywhere • Their campus address is 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park
  11. 11. Hacker Square
  12. 12. Origins! • Started in 1999 – Java One Conference • Challenge: write a Java program for the Palm V to communicate with other Palm users.
  13. 13. They just got bigger and bigger
  14. 14. Why do Hackathons?
  15. 15. Developer Outreach • Hackathons are a key element in developer outreach – “try before you buy” • Promote technologies, and causes • Skill-building for developers and startup teams
  16. 16. Facebook Hack
  17. 17. TechCrunch Disrupt HackathonTechCrunch Disrupt
  18. 18. AT&T Developer Summit
  19. 19. AngelHack Manila
  20. 20. Hacks = IDEAS
  21. 21. New uses for Hackathons • Development Program Promotion • Policy Promotion • Urban Planning • Marketing Ideas • Startup Ideas
  22. 22. Basic Elements of Hackathons … Or what we’ve learned from organizing hack events in the Philippines
  23. 23. Start with the Concept: What is the purpose of the Hackathon?
  24. 24. Sample Themes: • Use of an API • Startup Ideas • Music App Hackathon • Agricultural Applications • Apps for Development • Promotion of a cause (social good)
  25. 25. Get Sponsors to help out
  26. 26. Announce the Date Early
  27. 27. Do a Pre-Event • Typicaly held one week before the major hack, explains the rules, the challenge, the prizes.
  28. 28. Use tools like EventBrite.com for registration and ticket sales
  29. 29. TIP: Most Events are FREE, but if you want to control access to a hack, charge a nominal registration fee.
  30. 30. Promote thru Social Media (mainly Facebook and Twitter)
  31. 31. Don’t forget the event hashtag!
  32. 32. But don’t forget the power of the press release
  33. 33. Other Tools: Hackathon.IO
  34. 34. Basic Elements of a Hackathon
  35. 35. Preliminary Talks
  36. 36. State the Rules for the Hack
  37. 37. Present The Hack Challenge(s)
  38. 38. Break up into Teams
  39. 39. Register the teams in Hackathon.io
  40. 40. Hackmasters and Mentors
  41. 41. The Hack 6, 9, 12, 24 hours of hacking!!
  42. 42. Food and Entertainment • Pizza • Redbull • Beer • Full buffet meals • Games • The all-night music playlist – is very important!!
  43. 43. Pizza = king of hacker food
  44. 44. We had Lechon once! (AngelHack Manila)
  45. 45. Massages!
  46. 46. The Hackathon Judges
  47. 47. The Pitch = 3 to 1 minutes to pitch!
  48. 48. The Awards and Prizes
  49. 49. The Follow Through • Advance to the global hack/competition • Mentoring of the winning team • Refine product so it becomes a commercial product or service
  50. 50. SMART DevNet and how we use Hackathons • Promotion for our developer program • Promotion for our APIs and Partner APIs • Generate new product ideas • Build community
  51. 51. Join us! • Like us: Facebook.com/SmartDevN et • Talk to us: Facebook.com/groups/sma rtdevnet • Follow us: twitter.com/smartdevnet
  52. 52. The End Download this presentation from http://slideshare.net/jimayson
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