So, you want to run a hackathon?

So, you want to run a hackathon?

Presented at DevRelCon Tokyo 2019

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Terence Huynh

March 09, 2019
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  1. So, you want to 
 run a hackathon? Terence Huynh


    Founder, UNIHACK Inc terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh
  2. terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh

  3. terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON? 2014

    first hackathon
 year 300+ students attending 
 our events in 2018 940+ members on our 
 UNIHACKers group 12 UNIHACK
 events
  4. Before you begin… terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh

  5. terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON?

  6. What will be your hackathon? terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh

  7. terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON? Theme

    & Focus The Imagination Hackathon Helping charities 
 solve social problems Using open government data Creating 
 new startups
  8. Your mentors should “fit” with your theme terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO

    YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON? !
  9. • Audience
 Internal vs External vs Community • Participation
 Remote,

    on-site, or both • Length
 How long will people have to build? terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON? Format
  10. terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh Organising a successful hackathon

  11. 1. Venue 2. Budget 3. Teamwork 4. Prep Time terencehuynh.com


    @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON?
  12. 1. Venue 2. Budget 3. Teamwork 4. Prep Time terencehuynh.com


    @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON?
  13. terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON? Venue

    Checklist • Enough room to fit everyone • Decent power and reliable wi-fi • Air conditioning or heating • Presentation area and setup • Overnight? Check if you can use their showers
  14. 1. Venue 2. Budget 3. Teamwork 4. Prep Time terencehuynh.com


    @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON?
  15. LET’S TALK ABOUT REACT NATIVE terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh Melbourne 2018 Budget

    3% 2% 15% 32% 26% 22% Food Prizes Venue* Swag Mixer Night Misc Food $8500 Prizes $9800 Venue (in-kind) $12000 Swag $5800 Mixer Night $700 Misc $1000
  16. LET’S TALK ABOUT REACT NATIVE terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh Melbourne 2015 Budget

    7% 25% 12% 40% 16% Food Prizes Venue Swag MIxer Night Misc Food $2000 Prizes $5000 Venue $1500 Swag $3200 Mixer Night $0 Misc $850
  17. Always save for an emergency! terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT

    TO RUN A HACKATHON? !
  18. 1. Venue 2. Budget 3. Teamwork 4. Prep Time terencehuynh.com


    @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON?
  19. 1. Venue 2. Budget 3. Teamwork 4. Prep Time terencehuynh.com


    @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON?
  20. terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON? Hackathon

    Internal Hackathons
 1-2 months External Hackathons
 4-6 months
  21. Dos and Don’ts terencehuynh.com
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  22. Don’t claim to own IP produced in the hack terencehuynh.com


    @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON? … unless it’s an internal company hackathon
  23. Don’t expect finished products terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU WANT TO

    RUN A HACKATHON?
  24. Don’t just have pizza and Red Bull terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO

    YOU WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON?
  25. Do have a code of conduct terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU

    WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON? Need one? https:/ /hackcodeofconduct.org/
  26. Do make it accessible for newcomers terencehuynh.com
 @terencehuynh SO YOU

    WANT TO RUN A HACKATHON?
  27. WHERE TO FIND ME terencehuynh.com @terencehuynh MORE ABOUT UNIHACK unihack.net

    @UNIHACKMelb