With busy work days and hectic schedules, sometimes it can be hard to make innovation a priority. A great way to overcome this and get the ball rolling on problem solving is to plan a hackathon, where everyone can have uninterrupted time dedicated purely to innovation. Using HunchBuzz to set specific challenges and organize all your new ideas will take your hackathon to the next level.
The definition of “hacking” is creative problem solving, so a “hackathon” is an event that facilitates creative problem solving. It can involve as many people as you want, and last as long as you want. You can all choose to work together on one problem or separate into specialized teams of interest/skill. Some may focus on the tech side of things, some may focus on marketing and PR, etc. No matter how you choose to do it, everyone is working toward the same goal.
Instead of having to combine multiple forms of communication like slack, groupme, dropbox, google docs, etc., HunchBuzz allows you to see everyone’s ideas in one place. Using HunchBuzz for your hackathon means that brainstorming doesn’t just have to begin and end on the day of the hackathon. Participants can start creating ideas weeks before the hackathon takes place, giving innovation a healthy head start – and continuing after the hackathon is over.
Ideas have a much better chance of being implemented when challenges, ideas, and feedback are structured and quantified. Not only can participants see each other’s ideas and comments, hackathon leaders can see data collected in real time during the hackathon and beyond.
People that have never participated in a hackathon, may be a little uncomfortable and not know what to do. It may help to run a workshop prior to hackathon for newbies - help them set up their HunchBuzz profile and explain how the hackathon will run so they are prepared to dive in on the day of. Sometimes hackathons are run with a competitive structure and/or unrealistic expectations. It is important to set clear, realistic goals and foster a welcoming and positive atmosphere.
Here are some basic steps for running a successful hackathon – and how to use HunchBuzz to make it even more productive:
Instead of ending up with a bunch of post-it notes and photos of whiteboards after the event, using HunchBuzz means you have a permanent record of the ideas generated AND the ability to continue discussion and evaluation long into the future – making innovation a regular part of work life rather than something that happens only at a point in time.
Keep on innovating!