6 basic ingredients for a successful hackathon

Your organisation is urgently looking for creative and innovative concepts. You have plenty of ideas, but would like to involve your clients in the process as well. Being able to make young talent excited about your organisation would be a plus, and it would be even better if the event were able to effect an internal process of change. How can you achieve all of these aims at once? The answer is very simple: organise a hackathon!

Which 6 things should you keep in mind when organising a hackathon?

1. Objective

Make sure you formulate a clear objective, so that you can invite the right people and so that everyone knows exactly what they are working towards.

2. Venue

Find a venue that has enough space to address large groups and have various teams work together. A comfortable atmosphere is also very important. On top of that, take into account the overnight stay; is there enough space to set up camp beds or tents?

3. Date

Choose a weekend day and announce the date at least two months in advance so that most of the people you invite will be able to attend.

4. Wi-Fi

The available Wi-Fi network is hugely important. A 4MB ADSL connection won’t cut it. A hackathon requires a rock-solid Wi-Fi network.

5. Food & drinks

Your participants will be working on the job at hand with dedication and will not have time to settle down for a bite to eat. Junk food like pizza would seem obvious, but everyone will perform better on healthy food instead.

6. Security

When you invite technology whizzes, you will find that they prefer for their equipment to be properly protected, even when they leave their workstations for a bit. Thus, make sure there is plenty of security and take out ironclad insurance.

Are you looking for an atmospheric venue that fits your event’s innovative character? A hackathon is the ultimate chaos event, and due to their format, they are perfectly suited to events venues such as DeFabrique in Utrecht. The industrial decor of our centrally located former mixed feed factory will provoke your guests’ imaginations and stimulate the participants optimally as they come up with new ideas. We would be happy to collaborate with you on the perfect interpretation for your event!

Want to experience a hackathon yourself?

Several of our clients are already in the habit of organising hackathons at DeFabrique. If you are interested in coming by during one of these events to see what they are like, rest assured; we would love to have you.

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