Online hackathons are now very popular. And how are they arranged?
First of all, at an online hackathon, neither the participant, nor the organizer, nor the speaker cares where in the world you are.
Initially, a platform is created on which the hackathon will be conducted. This can be an existing site or a separately created site. Then, after the hackathon's announcement, a registration form is created. It is better to make a form for both participants and those who want to act as an expert, mentor, speaker. That way, your collected database will be more comprehensive, and it will be easier for you to contact everyone. Find members.
Let's say your client expects 65 teams from all over the world. And you would like them to produce 10 great ideas. At this stage, you need to set up an information campaign and set a budget for organizing your online hackathon. Where to find participants? The most effective way is to use your pool of followers, whom you can send a newsletter or link to a campaign on Facebook and LinkedIn.
After you have decided on the event itinerary, recruited your participants, and planned a couple of explanatory webinars in the Hackathon program, it's time to attend to its implementation
. You need to choose a venue where teams and speakers will gather.
You need to choose the right time for each country, a platform that can provide an equally stable broadcast for everyone, and a simple login system
, without a long registration process on the platform.
You also need to provide the problem you want to be solved and set a deadline
within which the participants of the hackathon will have to submit their project, defend it online, or provide a video presentation. Be sure to attach a feedback form.
Then, sponsors and companies that set the task are left to make a decision and come back with an answer.
Now you can reward the winners, connect team members with the companies interested in their solutions, facilitate hiring, get feedback, summarize and promote your hackathon's results in the media.