Zen and the Art of the Hackathon

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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.

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