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

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: