5 Keys to organize a hackathon

5 Keys to organize a hackathon

It is a trend that is making many events that we see lately, sessions include creativity and collaborative thinking to enrich the work at conventions and team meetings. Brainstorming formats more traditional, It has evolved sessions and design thinking, so fashionable, hack Megatones. fresh formats, funny, with a game point and competition, at the time collaborative, ravaging events as brainy as medical congresses. Los post-its, fashion tool in the era of the 5G ... Here are some keys to successfully mount your event hackathon.

We have seen in our market research industry and we confirm some companies: "We no longer training sessions do not have the time to quizz, your answer session or troubleshooting team ", He told us a laboratory. Following two trends (the constant pursuit of creativity and innovation in business, and the need to involve the participants in events and make them contribute ideas), formulas for generating ideas has emerged from the offices of innovation, and formats such as brainstorming, design thinking and hackathons are becoming more frequent events.

But what exactly is a hackathon? It is a session in which participants gather in small groups to solve a problem or particular topic. A format initially been linked to the world of programming and technological environment in which participants struggle to come up with the winning solution to the problem, fighting for his proposal was better than that of the other participants and had a choice to be selected as the winner by the jury of the hackathon.   

¿Hackathon competitivo o colaborativo? For the field of meetings and training sessions, the recommendation is not much competition enhances, but weighing more collaborative work, to contribute ideas and think in detail about a particular topic. yes, previously defined rules how it should be formulating solutions, whether to submit a final work, make a presentation to the rest of their solutions, etc.

first tip: think carefully about what you want to achieve with the Hackathon. Especially that want to develop topics, do you want to address problems. Also think about the profile of your assistants, if they are managers, sales teams, etc. Also note the number of participants who summon to distribute them in small groups (highs 5-8 persons) to interact and discuss easily, In addition to assigning each group a specific task or challenge that must develop.

Mix different profiles in the working groups. Different departments, more creative profiles with more analytical, administrative, shopping or just juniors or seniors profiles more experts invited some particular field who can share their knowledge and enrich the work and reflections. At the end it is encourage conversation, know different views to come up with a more creative solution, why not? Harnessing the format for networking different profiles that are known within the company and create community.

Combo el format hackathon con Workshops. When we talk about hackathon we think of a marathon creativity and wrack their brains in marathon sessions hours, even until we take the night. It is well set a time several hours for the hackathon (You may not make much sense to leave late in the morning and go to trial to present any solution, simply because we check up time). Nevertheless, a more dynamic and can inspire participants option can be combined time hackathon are workshops or workshops related to the skills or topics to be developed in the hackathon itself. Thus they combine training on a specific topic and they can implement in your solution.

Looks after the environment and promotes creativity of the participants. Looking for large rooms, natural light, You strip for assembly in cabaret with round tables where they facilitate diálago, placed on informal scene with low tables, puf, attendees can be relaxed, seeking closeness. Do not miss stationery kit with notebooks, flip chart, fluorescent, post-its, stickers, Flyer, etc. nor water and food to replenish forces brain and inject energy to those thinking minds seething of ideas. If during the session need to change room, unwind or movement out of a mental block that can be given, think they can give a stroll through some green area nearby (If the venue has a garden or the outdoor space, It would be perfect) or enable any seating or games to clear.


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