•   5 months ago

Lessons learnt from previous Hackathons

Do we have any lessons learnt from the Hackathons that took place in the begin of April?
How to make it better this time?

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  •   •   5 months ago

    Hi Mat, Even though, similar to the #WirvsVirus hackathon some weeks ago, I was not really able to follow the hackathon, mainly due to technical issues (old Mac ;-)), I'd like to share some learnings.

    1. Good - a timely and relevant topic; European outreach (even beyond), slim structure through Devpost and Slack; communication across various social channels; engaged core team
    2. Tricky - for a non-techie the tools, and processes that they are used in, are not common daily practice; process of finding a team or setting up a team is something one has to learn through practice - definitely not in a 2-day hackathon; overloading Devpost servers in the beginning; necessary hardware requirements (Devpost ran on Firefox but not on Safari)
    3. Learned - you always get something out of a hackathon (even though not being part of an active team); preparing for the final days needs personal time investment; adjustment to family life can be more of a challenge than at first assumed
    4. Action - following #EUvsVirus beyond the official closing; testing some of the mentioned tools; looking for another opportunity to bring my expertise to the ground

    Thanks for making it happen, and looking forward to hearing about the progress

    Ralf

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