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1. Questions Before Code
2. Know What You Need
3. Think Ahead
4. Be Ready to Train
5. Prepare for the Presentation
Questions
Before Code
Some useful questions...
What is the key
objective?
What are our
team’s skills?
What is just
“nice-to-have”?
How can our team
work in parallel?
Know What
You Need
Two Lists
Need to know NOW!
➔ What are our constraints?
➔ What data are we using?
Can we use it as-is?
Need to know soon...
➔ Is there an existing
solution we can use?
➔ What are the
implications of [x,y,z]?
Think Ahead
Hackathon is just the start...
Will they remember
how to use it?
How do they train
new employees /
volunteers?
If it breaks, how do
they ask for help?
Be Ready
to Train
Technical
Various coding languages
www.codecademy.com/learn
Using Git / Github
youtu.be/0fKg7e37bQE
References for web languages
(CSS, HTML, etc.)
www.w3schools.com
Useful Links
Non-Technical
Screencasts with Jing
www.techsmith.com/jing
Sharing with Google Drive
support.google.com/drive/answer/2494822
How to Give a Killer Presentation
cris.lc/hbr-killerpresentation
Prepare for the
Presentation
Why Bother?
I could totally build [x,y,z] feature instead!
George Santayana
Those who do not study the
past are doomed to repeat it.
(including you, next year)
Your experience will help
other Hackers after you.
Challenge
Move from paper
data / forms to a
digital format.
Impediments
Couldn’t test with
real data due to
confidentiality
concerns.
Produced large
quantities of test
data using baby
name generator &
lipsum text.
One way to organize...
Solutions
Background
Rick’s Place helps support grieving children and their
families.
Outcome
Built Google Forms
& Spreadsheets,
and taught
Community Partner
how to use them.
One last thing...
HAVE FUN!
The best thing about civic hackathons?
Organizations continue to benefit
long after the volunteers go home!
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