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Why a Hackathon?

Hackathons serve many purposes.

  • It’s a great way for your team to work together and build team chemistry.
  • The time contstraints of a hackday encourage teams to work together quickly and stay as focussed as possible.
  • A well-facilitated Hackathon could bring out the best in people, producing some great results.
  • It gives you a chance to approach problems you might not normally encounter on your current project.
  • When your staff works with D4D team members it might give a fresh perspective on blockages and other obstacles.

Hackathon contents

You might be wondering what a Hackathon is. A Hackathon is an event where your team members will be divided into groups. These groups will then individually look for the best solution to a proposed key question. The length of a Hackathon can be varied and depends on available workers and complexity of the question. D4D will be there with your during organizing and during the event members of the D4D team will join your team members to try and tackle the question.

Doing a Hackathon consists of 3 steps:

  • First step would be to survey relevant stakeholders and staff to identify the current key processes, the resources and timeline. 
  • The next step would be to do desk research and to make an analysis or mapping of the information above and to design the Hackathon (determine the objective/output, the teams and timeline). 
  • The final step would be the actual Hackathon, where all teams will be provided with the baseline analysis/mapping and will come out with recommendations to make the process more effective. The D4D team will provide you with a summary of the recommendations shared during the Hackathon.

Want to organize a Hackathon?

You can contact us here or at info@data4development.nl. Then we can see what we can do to help you set up the perfect Hackathon!

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