The Hackathon Handbook
A complete guide for every hackathon enthusiast
What?
What is a Hackathon?
Why?
Why you should participate in a Hackathon?
How?
How to prepare?
Where
Where to find Hackathons?
Some more information
What is a Hackathon ?
Why should you go for a Hackathon?
Attending a Hackathon Without Programming Skills!
  • There are all these different ways to live life and by surrounding yourself with people who are creating and viewing the world as something they can change and create you get this amazing energy and motivation to do the same.
  • What hackathons did teach me, however, was how to talk about code, work with software engineers, and speak their language. Even though I didn’t do the actual coding, I can explain steps of what each programmer did because I watched how they did it and asked them questions along the way.
Preparing for a Hackathon
Hackathon Experiences
  • 120 of the most acclaimed High School hackers gathered at Stack Exchange’s NYC office. No, they weren’t plotting to take over the world (although they probably could). They were gathering together to demo some of the amazing projects they work on in their spare time.
  • It gets weird at a hackathon around 5 am. People are walking around like zombies.language.
  • That feeling when you commit something you think is adequate but not great, and then your teammate comes back with a spectacular design or code improvement? Pretty awesome — since in my experience, that’s when my best learning takes place.
  • Jennie says, “I’ve attended five hackathons, but have only done one solo project. My first two hackathons, I didn’t do any work beyond the UI. Then, I worked with a friend with a similar knowledge on two hackathons, where I did about half the work. Finally, this weekend I ventured out on my own, and worked on my own. I’ve been interested in coding for about three years now, and though I still have much to learn, I feel as though I have been able to do a lot. By teaming up with friends, I was able to slowly learn how to make my own hacks.”
  • Kasey first met Mark at a Hackathon. She said, “I saw him first pitch the idea and I knew he was going to win it, which he did. And I thought he was really cute. After the Hackathon, we worked on the project for about three months.”
  • I have broken this post into two parts. The first focuses on high level philosophy about how to approach a hackathon as a winnable event. The second, coming later this week, is a more tactical play-by-play of what we did on the ground during our 48 hours.
  • We quickly brainstormed with the team all the different ideas we had and proceeded to a vote, without allowing ourselves to vote on our own ideas. The ideas were constrained by some custom-made rules: we privileged ideas with a “wow” effect
  • Our team’s skills were complementary, but not too much so. A good hackathon team probably needs both design and dev skills, and different people should specialize in one or the other to make things most efficient.
  • The former participants said their experiences prepared them to make an impact in the world with innovative products, many of which incubated in those intensive 48 hours.
  • The University of Michigan EECS building had no AT&T coverage inside, meaning each time we wanted to test the mobile app frontend, I would have to run outside into the blistering sub-zero weather with my phone and test it there. But that was more of an inconvenience more than anything else, and it was definitely not going to stop us from building our hack.
  • StartupBus has (rightly) been coined the ‘Navy SEALs Boot Camp of entrepreneurship’…Every March, 175+ top entrepreneurs board 7+ buses representing different regions – embarking on an epic 72-hour road trip
  • In reality, a hackathon is a sporting and social event. It’s like a regatta for nerds.
  • Who says hackers don’t exercise? Since the event is in the big house, there will be a variety of events occurring on the field - flag football, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee to name a few.
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