@bananeBrainstorming What to Make
▪ In general:
− there are no “bad” ideas
− riff off of each other
− wild and crazy can lead to cool and innovative
▪ Ideate to win – what makes a winning idea:
− Clever / surprising / delightful prototype
− Challenging solution (not just anyone can
implement) – don’t just “play it safe”
▪ Briefly describe what you are going to show
▪ Show it
▪ If time, mention:
− What was challenging
− What you learned
▪ Are fun / interesting / useful
Post pics / video clips!
Stacie and Anna
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@bananeWhat is a hackathon?
− short and intense developer competition
− fun, energetic, inspirational event
− build something real for a given challenge
− quickly take an idea from brainstorming to
working prototype (e.g., in a day or weekend)
− developers, UX designers, project managers, etc.
@bananeWhy organize a hackathon?
▪ Internal hackathons:
− great for team-building and new ideas
− engage both designers and engineers
▪ External hackathons:
− increase your developer base / intro new API
− build community around your product
− get new ideas / examples
▪ Coding for Good:
− accelerate solutions for big needs
− engage new volunteers into your community
Brugh, Willow (Feb 2013). “Organizing Hackathons.” Prezi presentation.
“Hackathon” Wikipedia defintion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon
The Hack Day Manifesto. http://hackdaymanifesto.com
Hackathon 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h_uiGpg35Q
Hackathon FAQ: The rhetoric and rebuttal of hackathons. http://hackathonfaq.com
Hackathon IO – Organize & Discover Hackathons. http://hackathon.io
Leckart, Steven (February 2012). “The Hackathon Is On: Pitching and Programming the Next
Killer App,” Wired, February 2012.
Matias, J. Nathan (June 2014). “Media-Making Strategies to Support Community and Learning
at Hackathons.” MIT Center for Civic Media. June 30, 2014.
Chibitronics – Crafting with Electronics.
littleBits DIY electronics for prototyping & learning.
Bare Conductive -- conductive ink
Make: Paper Inventions: Machines that Move, Drawings that
Light Up, and Wearables and Structures You Can Cut, Fold,
and Roll: http://www.amazon.com/Make-Inventions-
Introductory Kits / Reading
▪ Sponsors can help reduce costs
− Reach out directly or use Twitter to seek help
− Can also help with prizes
− Must haves: good WiFi, power for laptops, tables to work on, large space for
full group gathering
− Nice-to-haves: white boards, break-out rooms
▪ Food is an important aspect of the hackathon!
− Junk food may be expected
− But consider offering healthy options too
− And our advice: no hot dogs!
▪Publicizing the event:
− Use social networks and
− Prizes, speakers / judges, topics can all help encourage attendance