Making a Successful Social-Good Hackathon: Crafting Projects for Success

Posted on May 9, 2018 by

This article is intended to help  organizers and participating organizations be successful in a social-good hackathon. Its a mix of experience and vision, and, by no means intended to be a hard-and-fast rule. Using these guidelines will help you be more successful.

Types of organizations that are a good fit

What makes up a good project

What projects don’t work well

How nonprofits can prepare for the weekend

Some examples of projects that worked well

What can be done to ensure sustainability

While the sustainability of a project lies mainly with the participating organization, hackathon organizers are in a key position to coach the organizations.

A few key concepts would be:

Organizers can also put effort into building the infrastructure (technical and otherwise) that will support the projects as they go from hackathon weekend to further development: