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HACKATHONS:
DRIVING INNOVATION
THROUGH ORGANIC
CREATION
RACHEL PARSONS
@PINKEERACH
HACKA-WAT?!
What it isn’t
Hacking into secured
systems
Just for college kids
Writing high quality
software
WHAT IT IS
BUILD. COLLABORATE. BRAG.
What it is
Build something cool
Collaborate with other people
Friendly competition
HACKA-WHY?
ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT
SXSW, FACEBOOK, YAHOO, ATLASSIAN, DUOLINGO, CARDINAL SOLUTIONS,
PACKARD PLACE
BENEFITS
Benefits: New Stuff
Products
Features
Bug fixes
“It was a chance to create some of the ideas for
products that we always wanted, but never had
time to execute in our day-...
Benefits: Communication
Improved collaboration
New relationships
Knowledge sharing
Benefits: Morale
Engagement
Mastery
Autonomy
“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to
engagement”
–Daniel Pink, “Drive”
HACKA-HOW?
Cardinal’s Approach
Idea Meeting
Team Prep Meeting
Hack Day
Idea Meeting
Pitch your idea in 2
minutes
Answer questions for 3
minutes
Pick projects & teams
Team Prep Meeting
Define requirements
Plan of attack
Set goals
Hack Day
Coding: 12 hours on a Saturday
Judging: 1.5 hours same day
Relax on Sunday
LOGITISTICS
Things to Consider
Know your participants
Location, food, & supplies
Consider intellectual property
HOW TO START
It’s Easy
Determine your format
Find a location
Schedule it
Hackathons: Driving Innovation Through Organic Creation
Hackathons: Driving Innovation Through Organic Creation
Hackathons: Driving Innovation Through Organic Creation
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Is your company a little light on the innovation side of the house? Heard about a hackathon but don’t know what it is or how it could drive innovation? Or maybe you’ve heard about them, and want to host one at your own company. At Cardinal Solutions, we’ve developed a system to enable us to run bi-annual hackathons that have resulted in some innovations for clients. In this session, we’ll talk about what a hackathon is exactly (to us), and why it is beneficial for companies with technologists to hold these types of events. We'll give some specific examples of how hackathon projects have resulted in real world innovations. Additionally, we’ll discuss different techniques of pitching your hackathon idea to your boss as well as garnering support from a diverse set of participants. We’ll also touch on tough issues like intellectual property and logistics. We’ve already done half the work for you, and we look forward to sharing our tactics! Hack the planet!

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  1. 1. HACKATHONS: DRIVING INNOVATION THROUGH ORGANIC CREATION RACHEL PARSONS @PINKEERACH
  2. 2. HACKA-WAT?!
  3. 3. What it isn’t Hacking into secured systems Just for college kids Writing high quality software
  4. 4. WHAT IT IS BUILD. COLLABORATE. BRAG.
  5. 5. What it is Build something cool Collaborate with other people Friendly competition
  6. 6. HACKA-WHY?
  7. 7. ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT SXSW, FACEBOOK, YAHOO, ATLASSIAN, DUOLINGO, CARDINAL SOLUTIONS, PACKARD PLACE
  8. 8. BENEFITS
  9. 9. Benefits: New Stuff Products Features Bug fixes
  10. 10. “It was a chance to create some of the ideas for products that we always wanted, but never had time to execute in our day-to-day jobs.” – Duolingo’s blog on their inaugural hackathon
  11. 11. Benefits: Communication Improved collaboration New relationships Knowledge sharing
  12. 12. Benefits: Morale Engagement Mastery Autonomy
  13. 13. “Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement” –Daniel Pink, “Drive”
  14. 14. HACKA-HOW?
  15. 15. Cardinal’s Approach Idea Meeting Team Prep Meeting Hack Day
  16. 16. Idea Meeting Pitch your idea in 2 minutes Answer questions for 3 minutes Pick projects & teams
  17. 17. Team Prep Meeting Define requirements Plan of attack Set goals
  18. 18. Hack Day Coding: 12 hours on a Saturday Judging: 1.5 hours same day Relax on Sunday
  19. 19. LOGITISTICS
  20. 20. Things to Consider Know your participants Location, food, & supplies Consider intellectual property
  21. 21. HOW TO START
  22. 22. It’s Easy Determine your format Find a location Schedule it
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