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Saturday, March 14 • 9:30am - 6:00pm
Hackathon for Social Good

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What to Bring:
Bring your laptop to participate.
Join web and mobile experts in an all day Hackathon for Social Good, where programmers and designers work collaboratively to build programs and applications for awesome non-profit organizations. Hackathons begins with short presentations by non-profit representatives, then participants break up into teams to plan, design and build a website or application in less than eight hours. Unnerving, challenging and fast-paced? You bet. A mad adrenaline rush? Of course. And it’s always for a great cause.
The workshop will begin with an overview on how to run a successful Hackathon for Social Good, then go through each of the phases, including ideation, planning, design and build process, presentations and project pitches, and judging of the projects. This year's Hackathon for Social Good at SXSW will benefit the Austin Public Library.
Part 1:
Introduction / How to run a successful Hackathon for Social Good
Establishing Teams and Roles
Balance of designers, programmers, strategists and at least one project manager
Assess team member experience and tools on hand
Note: Don’t try to learn a new tool or application
Assign documentation leads for each team (photos, illustrations and project artifacts)
Exercise: Collaboration contracts
Part 2:
Intro / Ideation techniques
Presentation from non-profit on their goals, needs, problems
Determine minimal viable product(s)
Commit to a concept (in conjunction with the client/non-profit)
Document concept and assignments
Exercise: Ideation sprint
Part 3:
Introduction / How to plan a project; rapid or agile dev practices
Goals and outcomes
Identify audiences
User experience
Technical / dev plan
Design plan
Establish deliverables and reviews
Exercise: Planning sprint
Part 4:
Intro / Keys of successful design and build sprints
Design and Build
Sketch interfaces and flow
Visual design
Data design
HTML templates
Exercise: Design / Build sprint
Part 5:
Intro / Giving a great presentation (show Gettysburg Address ppt and do an express version of Presentation Camp)
Develop presentation and project pitch
Collect project artifacts
Write presentation (10 slides / 5 minutes max., including demo)
Design and build presentation
Exercise: Break into teams and give a presentation / pitch (use presentations from past Hackathons?; Jason, Carolyn, myself and other attendees can offer feedback to the bold presenters)
Part 6:
Intro / the role of QA and how to archive project files
QA and Final Review
Make sure demo / prototype works
Go over presentation with team
Exercise: TBD
Presentation and Wrap Project
Give presentation (one or multiple team members)
Upload assets to Github and hand off project files to organizers
Clean up hack space
Exercise: TBD
Judging and Awards
Representatives from the non-profit, local experts and organizers
Each team gets recognition
Prizes or perks for top team(s)
Exercise: Review past projects; get feedback from audience

Team members may want to continue to help non-profit and/or keep in contact with each other
Send thank you emails to participants
Exercise: None

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Carolyn Chandler

Co-Founder/Chief Instructor, School For Digital Craftsmanship
Carolyn Chandler has been working in the field of User Experience Design for over 16 years, as a consultant and practice leader for companies such as Open Text and Manifest Digital. Now an independent consultant, her areas of specialty include design strategy, team workshops, interaction... Read More →
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Jason Ulaszek

Founder, UX For Good
Jason Ulaszek leads the experience design innovation practice at Manifest Digital. He has worked with some of the biggest and most influential brands in the country, including Allstate, Cardinal Health, Kohl’s and Mattel, helping them identify new business opportunities to improve... Read More →

Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 306 110 E 2nd St

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