Hackathon Quick Start Guide
Here are six points to consider when hosting your own hackathon:
1. Set goals.
The best events are purpose driven, so it's important to set goals for your hackathon. Is it for fun? To strengthen the community? To solve a global problem? Think about your goals and let them drive your event.
2. Select the format.
Your hackathon can be in person or virtual. Meeting in person can build hype and community, whereas virtual engagements can draw more participants. Consider your goals and think about the best format for your hackathon.
3. Set rules.
Set some ground rules to help your hackathon run as smoothly as possible. Rules include, but aren't limited to, team size, judging criteria, prize conditions, intellectual property stipulations, and code of conduct.
4. Promote the event.
Marketing and promoting your hackathon increases awareness and attracts more participants. First, you’ll need an online space where people can learn about the event, sign up, and more. Eventbrite is a popular hackathon hosting platform.
5. Proactively communicate.
As participants look for information before, during, and after the hackathon, it's important you send both relevant and timely updates. After participants sign up, use a closed messaging system to deliver the right messages to the right people.
6. Select prize(s).
People come to hackathons for fun, networking, prizes, and other reasons. For the prize-motivated, you can entice them and elevate the competition through branded goods, cash prizes, and more.