A Hackathon How-To Guide for Government Agencies

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Hackathons for Civic Innovators

What is a Hackathon?

Hackathons have evolved over the years to include participants with a variety of skillsets responding to a variety of challenges with assistance from mentors who coach participants towards the development of a final product or idea before it is presented to a panel of judges. At its core, a hackathon is a discovery tool that can help to engage new talent, uncover new ideas, and accelerate new solutions for your agency or organization.

Benefits of a Hackathon

Hackathons offer innovative ways to strengthen teamwork, raise productivity, and engage the community. They have been embraced by universities, venture capitalists, government agencies and corporate businesses because they present a unique opportunity to develop prototypes and foster the creation of new ideas.

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Hackathon Guide

Hackathon Guide is currently available as a comprehensive digital guide.
A pdf version will be available for download soon. Happy Hacking!

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Our team at the Mayor's Office of Tech & Innovation is always looking for ways to improve the Hackathon Guide. If you are an industry expert or hackathon participant with feedback or suggestions we would love to hear them. If you are looking to plan your first Hackathon and would like our team to advise you on the process, please contact us with any questions. We are here to help.