The skeleton of a good #PublicSector #hackday / #hackathon

I’ve been to (and organised) enough hackdays and hackthons, that I can spot a good one.

The best ones have all:

  • done research on the problem they’re trying to solve
  • formed this into a challenge for hackers
  • openly blogged about the above
  • engaged with critics
  • made changes if necessary
  • got any required data into a useable format
  • booked an accessible venue
  • arranged solid wi-fi
  • ordered catering based on hackers dietary requirements
  • facilitated the day very well
  • documented the day and outputs
  • made sure outputs are openly licensed
  • awarded prizes to runners up
  • awarded ongoing development resources to the winner

What have a missed? Can you think of anything else?

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