Types of organizations that are a good fit
- Localized effort of a wider:
- Well-connected with city-wide and nation-wide counter parts:
What makes up a good project
- The project itself should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely
- Present well to garner support
- Technically challenging and somewhat unique
- Technology doesn’t exist
- A concept that can be shared with counterparts in other locations
- A project that can continue to grow and evolve
What projects don’t work well
- Website design or redesign
- Social media properties
- Fundraising or marketing projects
How nonprofits can prepare for the weekend
- Have great presentation and briefing documentation
- Have participants that will be there and be engaged the whole time.
- Having a tech lead or champion going into the weekend.
- Have some visitors (peers, colleagues, board members, constituents) throughout the weekend
- Compile data and background material. Have real specific data if required in the project – be sure to redact or destroy personal information. Have supporting literature, brochures, pictures and logos.
- Give a token of appreciation to developers
- Spread the word on their involvement
What can be done to ensure sustainability
- Preparation in advance to secure funding for ongoing development to pay or hire developers to finish the project.
- Look for grants before and after.
- Aim to have a prototype that can be used in conjunction with funding.
- Investigate partnerships that can enable funding for a project.
- Coach organization to acquire contact information of team members who are willing to stay involved.
- Coach organization on how to engage with developers and follow up. Have initial meeting on the books during the weekend. Have follow up meetings in-person or in the Slack channel.
- Encourage teams to stay connected on Slack.
- Have infrastructure available to host apps
- Connect with local Civic Tech group
- Find company who may want to adopt project after hackathon weekend.