So, I was this weekend to a media hackathon by invitation of a new friend Emil. It isn’t my first participation in such kind of events, but I gave it a try. I can start with the fact that the focus of the hackathon was on media and how to stop propaganda and fake/false news.
Thinking to local media results and the general situation in this informational niche I feel that we need more than that, but let’s be thankful for the small things that happen to us.
I was surprised that at this kind of events we had less good tech professionals than generalist or non-experienced at least in the business sphere. If we will take a look at the definition of the word;
”Hackathon – an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. or “a series of 48-hour hackathons to build new web and mobile services.”
My question is, why we did minimal programming? I think at least we need to discuss how to build our ideas and projects from the programming part, to have a plan and to know in which direction to work. Why do not bring more tech people and let them give us a tech solution to our ideas? Maybe this could work for the next events.
The overall impression is good because at this events we can meet people and share knowledge. I did practice my design skills and business thinking. We don’t know why, but our idea didn’t win, and we didn’t receive any appropriate feedback why. For the next events, I think its good to give the participants a feedback form where they can read constructive feedback on their projects. In this way, we can understand what to avoid next time and the solutions of the mentors.
My lesson is that its way much productive to generate ideas and to make them work before participating in this kind of events. Its easier to present a product that was tested and has a working business model. Make a plan, start research, do some testing and act until you create a product that helps someone and can be sustainable.
Thank you for been here, I hope you will come back to read the next post.
Hint: Never stop learning and being curious, search for answers and enjoy yourself.