Challenges & Prizes Webinar Series: Government Hackathons from Start to Finish

Hello everybody. You can contact me at Twitter
at JF. Today I am going to talk about the history of hack tons and what a hack ton is.
And that way when (Inaudible) why people attend them and what they’re expecting at a hackathon.
So the agenda is what you can see here on the screen. What is a hacker? Talk about what
a hackathon is and the history that lead up to the hackathon and then the culture and
then the motivations for the people that attend and then the basics for running the hackathon
and should you run it and then the tips on what you would want to think about running
a hackathon. This is really sort of a lead into the ones for Ethan and Ali that will
be able to give more advice on how to run a hackathon as part of a Government agency.
So what is a hacker? This is something that I believe is a great starting place. The main
reason that I want to cover this is because the nature of this word has been changing
over time. I am sure that you remember a hacker was somebody that you wanted to avoid and
somebody that took information and, you know, did what was not a person that you wanted
to associate with and that’s changed recently. I think in large part because of a website
called hackers news. It’s ran by Paul Graham, and this word has always been a little bit
am biggous and it’s — there’s a will the of different definitions of it. The — of
all the definitions of what a hacker is my favorite is the one that I put up here on
the scene. Somebody that enjoys playful cleaverness or the combination of the two. I think that’s
why it’s had some part and the reason that I bring this up is because I see people that
run a hackathon and don’t want to call it that. Really I think that it’s best to embrace
that word and keep it there. You’re not going to have people that are going to compromise
and show up at the events. Maybe one or two will come every ten to five events but everyone
then because of the culture and the nature of the event the people that come are going
to be focuses on the programming. Now to talk about what is a hackathon. This picture that
you see up here on the screen if you don’t see it it’s just a bunch of people all faces
blowing and the light from the laptops and all sitting around a table.This is as I am
designing them what I want to create. Hackathons do come in all sorts and shapes and sizes.
As they get larger they can not have a living room table with people around it, but I think
that’s the right environment to work towards. And so as you see on the screen it’s a bunch
of people getting together and sharing their love of program and learning and their ideas
with each other and people can do this at home but it’s much better to be in a room
with people that are excited about their ideas and changing the world as these people are
around me. I am going to sort of be talking about what the motivations are. Before we
get into more O of why people run these, I think that a great history to understand is
sort of how we ended up at hackathons. It might seem like a great idea but if you go
back a couple of decades you will see that the it’s not something that’s not new but
(Inaudible) the general scene of people that would go to the parties is called demo scenes
and in the 80s before we had these nice portable laptops that we had, we had the big monitors
that was 50 pounds and then to a giant tower that was big and bulky and people that wanted
to get together would have to strap the monitor into the car seat and they would all go to
get together at these events and in the early days the people would make the demos, so the
challenge that people would try to over come was you how to get a really neat looking working
on the computers that were not anywhere as powerful as the ones that we have today and
then even then a lot of people would give themselves a bigger challenge of trying to
make these really neat demos with a little code as possible and so what you found was
that you had a bunch of people getting together that you really would be gathering ashed like
this shared goal of making this neat demo and showing it off to all of their friends
and then from there I think that they sort of shifting as the computers were powerful
and able do a lot more you would see people gathering together and not just showing off
their programming skills but to play games with each and so this is where I got my start
in the 90s by playing video games. So it looks like very much like this was a bunch of youth
waisting their time but it was a lot of ways that the communities started to get built
because people lugged them together and learned how to network them so that they could play
the games and then when somebody’s computer would have a difficulty then people would
gather together and over come that and that people could play those together and as this
community started to get older the game started to be less fun and turned out that this was
the history that I did and all of my friends got together and played the video games. He
still liked it with computer but into programming now so let’s make a party and instead of playing
the games we’re writing the software. That was how I get involved in the hackathons.
So knowing of this history really helped me understand that what I am doing is not new
but it was nice and I could look back and see how people did it in the past and did
I together and that helped to form a lot of the hackathons that I helped to build. Another
thing that really informs on how I designed them and what I think of them organizing them
and even attending is this cultural context that a lot of programmers most programmers
are part of whether they know it or not and it’s really best described in this book called
hackers by Steven and this is several decades old and it was surprising how relevant it
was especially in this, you know, in the terms of the hackathons what really was true was
this I post that a lot of hackers have. I have this up on the scene and these are sharing
openness, free access to computers and world movement. What instructed me was how hackathons
are the physical manifestation of these things and especially in the contest of this webinar
the ones that I think that really stand out are sharing, openness and world improvement.
I think that any of us that are involved in the Government can get behind those especially
with a lot of these open initiatives that we’re having but world improvement is something
that I think rings true for all of us and it was really neat seeing how this was something
that was this author saw that still exists today. So we wanted to briefly touch on what
these are and how they are involved in the hackathons. I think a common thing they think
about when I think of why hackers do what they do is really all of us — everybody that
identifies as a hacker — we’re not really competing against each other but the computers
that are really these sort of honorary devices that are getting in the way of these things
that we want to do. We have to collectively struggle against them and getting our way
and not doing what we want to do and anybody that using a computer understand that and
who has not had a frustrating day with their computer, so a big part of that is to help
over come these issues that these computers give us and an important part is sharing.
Since we’re competing with the computer, it’s important to share our knowledge, code, share
our best practices and hand in hand with sharing is this next depot and that’s openness, so
sharing is a lot easier when you’re open to everything that you do. I think a real big
success story of these software movement because we have software like Lynn Nix, fire fox and
all of these different programs there are the result of this culture of sharing and
openness and it’s really helped to improve the roles in general. Then the next thing
here is decentralization. This comes from a view of any type of knowledge puts that
information at risk and this effect that people had helped to inform the design of the Internet
and that’s not a centralized system. A lot of people that are hackers were into the phone
system and saw what would happen when you had a centralized system so when the design
came out, a lot of people understood this and they decentralized and had things designed
in a way that’s not focused on a single source where all the information or control reside.
As far as hack athons go you will see that and there’s no single organization that will
run ahackathon. Everybody will run their on and there’s no central coordination and that’s
the thing reflected and the things that people run. Now the free access to computers sounds
maybe a little bit hippy of a thing but I think what you will see here a lot is that
a lot O f people that use the computers have their lives improved by the use of computers
and the frustration for me is when I was younging it was hard to get the access and when I did
it changed my life for the better so getting people the access is something that I believe
in. The most resent in this is the computers called a raspberry pie. The pie is if you
have not heard of it it’s a 25-dollar computer and there’s a 25-dollar and then the $30 computer.
It’s a full blown computer and it was designed in England with helping school kids get access
to computers. So rather than giving somebody a used computer if it works or not, you have
a full blown computer about the size of a pack of cards and you plug in a TV or mouse
and you can play games and write software. It’s a great device. I bout three of them
and they’re so much fun for projects and my daughter is using them too. If people show
up and it’s nice to have them jump on and have the computer and check it out. And then
see a lot that were done around this theme and I think that my favorite is the space
app challenge and that’s the random act of kindness and it’s using your (Inaudible) to
make the world a better place. So again a lot of what is so exciting is that to me these
ethics have been for decades ins this culture and as you’re Billing it and thinking about
them, these are great things to keep in mind because this is why people get together and
this is what bridges them rather — so why do people run and attend hackathon? Well if
I was to name three things it will be number one to meet others and be part of a community
that talks openness and the sharing that I was talking about earlier. Before program
it’s where we’re not against each other but a computer. One of the favorite things on
what is programming and I tell people that sitting in front of the computer and being
wrong all day. A lot of times I can lean over and ask somebody and instead of me taking
four hours to solve it’d the person next to me can say go to this website and it’s this,
and I am done. The next two kind of go hand and hand but it’s — you will find that a
lot of people that are involved with computers use them for their day in and day out job.
A lot of times we will want to try something new but we really cannot convince the boss
at work that using some technology is going to be appropriate for the time at work but
a hackathon is appropriate for that and then they can help you not only learn but help
you get through all of these road bumps and so now you can go back to work with a much
more affective strategy and tell your boss that you used this over the weekend and would
it not be great if I did this at work and that’s more convincing and I think that this
is something cool being able to say I know that this is better and more convincing and
just a great place to learn new things and share ideas with others. So wrapping up here
we’re talking about coming from if any of this stuff sounded or if you’re not in your
head and you’re like yes this sounds like not guilty that I want to do. If you want
to build a community of people around a culture of openness and sharing and improving the
world, then by all means you should run a hackathon. I feel like there’s a lot of places
within the Government that these values are important to what people do and for building
a community with that involves hackers and thinkers and people that are really excited
about technology, hackathons are a way to start building that kind of community. So
as I said before Ethan and Ali will give a much better concrete tips, so I just wanted
to give the very like a very high level goals or kind of ideas on how do a hackathon. Of
all the different resources that you will see if I was to only pick one and there are
so many good ones but if one that I really like is this one called the hack day manifest
toe. It’s just chalked full of all the act Times that you would need and the how to of
all the details of running the hackathon. If I had known about this, I would have been
running this and this is from all the lessons of running all hackathons and I have ran close
to 100 and there was nothing that I could add to this event. I was nodding my head saying
that this is great. So a great place to start but as I said Ethan and Ali will have much
more specific and better advice, and then lastly for any hackathon I think that there’s
three must haves and the top prity and most important thing that you can have at a hackathon
is amazing Internet access. You’re going to have people in the room and they need to have
great Internet access. It’s easy to forget this as you’re thinking of all the different
things but without great Internet access, a hackathon is nowhere great as it could be
and finally the other things to remember is places for people to sit and work and then,
you know, when you’re thinking of meals and drinks you want to make sure that you’re getting
good food that will help keep people active and awake and then making sure that you have
plenty of water and caffeine as well. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer or
anything about hacking culture or running a hackathon or advise or tips, feel free to
e-mail me. You can find me on Twitter and all of my contact information is here, so
with that thanks everybody for listening and I look forward to hearing what Ali and Ethan
have.>>All right. So I guess this is where I step
in. This is Ethan McMahon. Can you all see the slides and respond back to me for a second?
>>I can see them.>>Great. Great. So I am going the talk about
a single instance of a hackathon that EPA ran with American university with the environment
challenge. We wanted to raise awareness of all this great Data that EPA has and we wanted
to engage internallally the oners so that therm partners in the process of getting the
Data out from this agency into the hands of the people that can use the Data whether they
be researchers or developers or whatever. And we asked people to make apps that use
EPA’s public Data and without any prize money and without a steeler cast of judges we still
got 38 submissions and six of those were from students and we had a great form at the end
to celebrate their successes and to ask where to go from here and this was just a wonderful
experience. A couple of things to note was a challenge and we also reached out to the
public and we had — we asked the public what kind of ideas would you like to have people
make into app? We kind of have the — we asked for people that talked about the demand side
and market side for the environmental apps and just to go with one of the themes the
reel ethic was the world improvement ethic. They wanted to work on apps because could
help to make the world a better place. So if we go to the next slide we were lucky and
grateful to have American university as a partner and Dave Johnson has done a lot of
hacking on his on and familiar with the word and written word code line and the university
efforts to clean the campus and then had a nice space for us to be in a nice green building.
We held it on labor day weekend in 2011 and had only nine developers that participate
and I will get back to that later. It’s a little smaller turn out than expected. We
used social medias before and as a result we got five apps still kick start from that
number of developers and we really had the staff available and one last thing is not
all on the floor these people were developers and some them are designers or user experts
and I guess with our subject matter it kind of rounded out what you see with this. You
don’t want one kind but diversity so that you have people approaching problems and a little bit before and during the event
and then the next slide — slide five you can see how you see this stream video on the
right and you can see someone drinking coffee and that’s appropriate at these hackathons
and on the left we had IRC and real time chat where people were saying I am looking for
this kind of Data and then the great thing is having all the subject matter is that someone
is saying I am looking for this and within minutes there’s someone that says here is
the Data and then if there’s something that I don’t understand on to what the Data means,
there’s someone on hand to say this is what it means. That really speed up the process
for developing. A lot of timings if you a developer but you’re working in a subject
where you’re not an E pert and no one is an expert in everything it’s great to have it
on hand where you can ask these questions and get feedback. Then if we move to slide
six, we have the Data and developer form at EPA and after the event we posted some pictures
and talked about what we did and what was done there. So next slide. Slide seven the
success factors is a lot of planning as Joel eluded to and beforehand it’s good to show
that you have the social media channels all ready because you’re going to have to deploy
them during the event and so on. And finally you have to provide the Data and ideas before
the event as well. The ideas are important because we hay section that said these ideas
are already implemented so if you want to work on it, you can see what others have done
and not reinvent the wheel. During the event it’s important to have the experts there.
The food and drink is important and you have to keep on engaging to keep the process moving
and make sure that people don’t stuck and keep making process. Some lessons learned
on the next slide slide E is don’t hold an aevent when people are not available. It turned
out the calendar was free on labor day weekend for that building for a reason and that’s
because a lot of students were back where their first weekend of the year, and it was
the first weekend of college football, so we had a lot of competition and next time
we will pick a different kind of a date where we can get more participants. You have to
clarify who provides the space, food, experts and make sure that the IT issues are all ironed
out so that it goes smoothly during the event and then you have to do all of these tools
even if you set them up to reach a border audience like the people that are not in attendance.
You have to have the pieces fitting together. It would have been nice to say that these
are the five projects that someone is working on and set up a stub in our discussion form
and say post ideas about that and we will — we will get people working in real time
all tot on any of these open active projects and so one thing before I close here is that
I want to mention that EPA is merging the larger effort by engaging with the app user
community and we have actually got a website called my green apps apps. It has over 230
existing environmental apps and a place for people to like them, so basically we’re crowd
sourcing people’s preferences and you will know these are the ones that convert into
apps, so that’s what we’re doing as a follow. And then finally on my last slide is for furtherer
information and you can contact me here and I will forward to speaking with you during
the question and answer period. Thank you.>>All right. Can everybody see my screen?
Are we good?>>That looks good Ali. Thank you.
>>Okay. Great. Thanks. Hi everybody. (Inaudible) he has done in EPA and our resent hackathon
everybody was asking for the Data and he was a champion of helping to get the Data to the
people and we really appreciate working with people like that. Like I said my name is Ali
and I am the project manager for the space apps challenge and I am going talk about what
we accomplish and some specifics about community. Community is really the thing that makes me
excited about mass collaborations, and so I want to share our perspectives about this.
This was from the space apps events that happened in Oklahoma just last month and I loved that
they put up these small signs about what motivated people. We found that this is why people come
to mass collaborations because they want to be the change and not the person that says
I wish that the Government did this or that but be the person that contributes toward
making that possible. So it embraces (Inaudible) I will make a note heresy loved what Joel
was talking about what is a hacker. We told the story differently and maybe many of you
are familiar with pa poll low 13 and that event in 1970 you will remember the scene
in the movie where mission controllers come into the room and bump a big box of items
on the table and say that we need to make this fit into this using what we have here
on the table. Time is short. We have limited resources and we have a specific problem to
solve. So we cast the stories of hackathons in that way. We do focus on software development
but include hardware projects, individualsization and things that we feel in that same NASA
tradition and the problem solving to make things for effective. We want to address big
questions. We’re pig ledged to have big questions to answer. We want to tap people outside of
the payroll, so my company here and many others can testify that we have some amazing servants
that are making a difference and we want to tap those people outside of the Government
that have skills, ideas and perspectives that we lack. So hackathons give us a form to engage
with those people and tap their resources as NASA we have found that so many people
grew up wanting to explore space and we have that about to tap into the inner part of people.
We’re compelled as a approach because it gives us a way to work together with other agency,
cultures and partners that are nontraditional to create the come peeling solutions. Last
year we had 25 cities and 2,000 people and we hope to do you believe that to 50 cities
and 5,000 people. The record largest hackathon was 6,000, and this year totally the event
just seemed to take off. People were coming from all parts of the world to say that we
really want to be a part of this. We want to show off the countries skill or communities
skills. We think that these challenging matter, so we’re going to hold an event too. We ended
up with 83 locations in 44 countries and on line. You can see the map there. We’re also
proud to be on all seven continents and in space. We went for 83 consecutive hours. We
started in Friday and it went all the way to around Hawaii. Most events were 36 to 40
hours on a local event level. We had had 58 challenges and you will kind of see several
of them listed there. We began so as a note of background last year we took public submissions
challenges. This year we decided to focus on challenges that extended the breath of
NASA’s mission. So we included every mission and mayor office and. Every major mission
and group contributed a group and challenge and then obviously we worked with the partner
agency like EPA and I event happened to be on earth day and then the Legos challenge
was by a university to put together and so we collected with the other organizations
that would bring thing toss the table that we would not and enable them to work in that
safe way. We had 474 partners. One of the most important partners was the U.S. department
of states. Technology is a big value of diploma city, so many of the embassies came forward
and wanting to host hackathons. I think that most of you would find that their interest
would support a lot of the kind of work that you would do. In the end we had 9,147 new
explorers that submitted 770 solutions. We were excited because we scaled
the number of solutions Biosyn and that told
us that the process of training local leads was becoming more affective and we were getting
better work out of the events. So I am going to the pause here and make a few notes on
the topic that I was asked to focus on and that was the focus of community. Community
is the flat form for invasion and collaboration. Communication grows first and foremost by
working together to accomplish a goal. And so hackathons are a great form for doing that
to come together and share their ideas and resources and encourage the locally invested
people to bring their communities along as the con transcribe ewe yachter.The agency
provides strong local support and we invision these leaders that create the event for the
local community. That’s been an affective model for us because it empowers them to connect
with each other around the challenges and gives an experience across the natures and
discipline. The most members of the community then have an opportunity to later become a
local lead in the subsequent year and then we focus on developing those local leads where
it becomes a regional management approach and enabling the event to scale on the resources
while retaining it’s vision. I will say that this year we had a group of local leads and
we had 182 individuals serving in that capacity and space app for example was ran by a set
of senior university students and it was ran by the local national weather office afill
lit and then the team (Inaudible) led their event and then there was one in Paris France
that was ran by an unconnected group of volunteers and an event in Rome that was a collaboration
between the European space agency and the local U.S. embassy. We did this year have
the first enhouse event that we ran at the Kennedy space center that was ran by a set
of civil service to invite people and that was a great stepping out. We did not do that.
Kind of getting different types of leaders gives you a diverse response back into the
community. I think this is my most important part that I would make. Technology enables
the community to grow virtual around ideas and shared opportunities rather than just
physical proximity. It enables them to connect and their Data and work together effectively
and to communicate ideas effectively enough that they can build from it. It’s really the
Internet that enables the collaboration to happen and the tools that prevent that sharing
idea. We were excited this year that more than 1/3 of the projects that at least one
team member at a different location. So we encouraged because part of the missional value
was really that interconnected commune can I. It was exciting to see that happen. Right
now we have managed that mostly on social media and watching out for it and being responsive
to stories about people’s projects and encouraging them to apply for internships and other opportunities
and creating other space theme and all based on that original communities commitment to
collaboration. We have had a number of project teams and teams that did not win who have
continued to work on their projects and package them up and sent them over to us and say give
us feedback. For us it’s not about the competition but we really want to see this work help make
exploration more effective, safer and more to help meet to goals that we have for it.
It’s exciting for us to see that community motivation. And the last note that I will
make is mass notes will allow you and your agency new access into pockets of invasion
all over the world. Truly effective collaborations don’t produce just events but products and
they do makers and explorers. That’s part of our standard of success in going forward.
I will just close by showing a few of the projects that concern excited about. This
is the first weather app and the way of thinking of this team is why did we not care about
mar shop weather. If we can give them a weather app that they would need and put mars information
there, then we’re bringing space to where you are. That’s the kind of thinking that
we want to encourage. Not just to create something but to find ways to inject technology in the
ways that you are already and use. This is not something that NASA has done a lot of
so we have utilized hackathons for API development and a
number of hardware projects thawer excited
about and there’s an article and so we had teams that took that Data and translated it
and built these lite displays and they’re really beautiful. This is the back side of
it and they built the light displays to help people with that Data and make it meaningful
to them. We had more traditional outreach that told a beautiful story about the plan
Tory exploration. This is one that’s highly prioritized right now and how can we visualize
that in a way that will help to shape our approach. So we’re excited about and both
about the technology we shall tail to develop but this on going community of technologist,
educators, artists and finding ways to tap their expertise and help us better. So that’s
what I have to share. I am looking forward to questions when we’re done.
>>All right. I will kick off with the questions. I just got done reading a short hackathon
so I will start with you Joel. What do you think about Kevins assertion that it takes
three to four months to plan a good hackathon? And would you also talk about how to advertise
and promote your hackathon? And sure. So I have not read the article but the three go
four months to plan it I really think in my experience the most time that you give for
the planning, I guess the quality of event tends to correspond to the amount of time.
I have not planned something two or three months out. I can only imagine how neat they
would be if I had that time. I usually try to give myself a month to get everything together
and the execution of them is simple but the time that you need or what I have found is
that the elite time tends to correlate with the amount of people that show up, so if we
give ourself a month to — if we announce it a month out we tend to get a lot of people
so for the house we will have about 500 people show up and this is because we have the list
of about 1600 people that we notify and if we announce a week out, we will get 50 to
100 people and so yeah, if based on somebody elses experience three to four months is what
you you need, I would agree with that and then how to announce. Basically I will try
and announce on as many channels as I can the way that it started was that it started
small and we basically made a mailing list that people could call in and that just grew
over time but as Ethan said you want to partner with a local group. From what I have seen
as I have traveled around the United States is that there are different people in each
location that understand their community better than anybody else and tend to know that this
is the mailing list that you want to advertise on and this is the Facebook group that you
need to let know about this. That’s what I will do and I am announcing these events and
trying to get the local community leaders that can invest in the events because in some
places you just put something on Twitter and other places you might need to have a local
mailing list and then a blog and it’s different for each place. I know how to do the bay area
and I know that stuff well but I cannot speak for anything beyond that.
>>Do you have any commenting on the aspect like Kevin recommended if you’re having it
on a college campus, make sure that you put up some fliers and things like that.
>>Right. I think that’s helpful to put it fliers but you have to use any and all methods.
You can not do enough. So for our —
you would reach out to the computer science students or spaces that they work on or electron
thetics and topically you’re going want to reach out to the people that address the topic
that you’re interested in, so we would reach out the the environmental science folks as
well and also because they’re college students and that’s where they live. You have to find
the department shares and have them be the Dodd casters for you. I am sure that Ali can
talk about this on a larger scale on how important it is to have local heros.
>>I totally agree with what Ethan is saying and if you scale your vent like we had to,
we made this one of the number one questions that we use to take applications from local
leads so from the very beginning when they come to us and say that they’re interested,
we said what communities are you connected? How old you invite people? Where are you going
to find the kind of people that need to come to your vent and we really used that as kind
of a test to find who would be our most affective leads.
>>Okay. That’s very helpful. Before we close out we have a question from Lisa and another
question that I will ask if they’re not any others but Lisa is more for the government
folks and she is asking about tying it to the agency objectives and the mission objectives
and NASA and having a theme. So what advise would you have for people on that as far as
getting a focus for the hackathon.>>Sure. Well, from the EPA perspective and
from the single environmental hackathon. That cover issues water issues, land issues and
human health issues and all the things that are centric and that provided some guidance.
I guess restraints ask this is the topical area at a high level that we’re concerned
about. Ask then we had the ideas that they would like to have made into apps. Ideally
you would have support from another party to the water office at EPA would say we think
this idea is a great one and it would support the activity and mission and help the state
and so on and we’re really — we want some focus and energy to go in this direction and
we will be there to help you as well. We did not do that as much as well. I think some
guidance is good and it’s blue skies with some limitations because you can not support
development of everything. You can only support development in areas that you have the expertise
in. So one last thing is if you can get that mission oriented poses of the kind of the
direction of the hackathon, that’s good because that builds your base within your on organization,
so that is good too.>>Totally agree with what Ethan just said.
We’re lucky that we have a great mission that’s broad, so just like what he said and tied
it back. We did the same and tied I back to the space act and then it direct NASA from
congress to use the Data and expertise to affectively to make a better world and so
while we’re very limited in how we can do that in the normal work of our agency with
buckets and priorities and missions and operations, hackathons are the one place that we can really
hand that Data and get them to do that. This year we really did try to tie the projects
to the office and admission because we wanted to stay on focus but we wanted to do that
to get their buy in. We wanted to demonstrate why this model was going to help them and
that we’re not over here on the side doing the education and I love education outreach
but it’s not what a hackathon is that we’re really providing you technology and project
development that’s a direct contribution. So keeping it on track is important for that.
I think that’s what I would add.>>Okay. Ethan you have inspired me and the
head of GSA has 6 priorities so I am thinking how we can have an event or hackathon around
those. For the last question I was going to go back to Joel because this was your panel
but talk to us about after the hackathon and you don’t just go that’s over. That took a
lot of work. What do you have to do to do after the hackathon to get it going and keep
in touch with everybody?>>Well — I guess the thing that you have
to do is wow there’s a lot of stuff that you have to do and it’s around building a community
and so I think that it’s keeping in touch with people. What I do when I am down with
an event is see the pictures and tweets and blog posts that might have come out of the
event and then I think really for me the most important part for me running an event oar
get the mention a lot is doing a most more Tom afterwards.Using that is what has enables
us to keep us from doing what we have. And then there’s a will the of stuff that I do
to kind of keep them in touch with the local community so maybe not directly about the
hackathon but trying to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s interesting to the community
and keep that in mind as the future events because the whole reason why I run these is
to sort of give back to the community so trying to build events around or keep in mind what
people are finding so that manifests itself for me and then the talks that we will have
I will try to invite people to come and talk about something that people have found interesting.
I guess that’s the advice that I would give there.
>>Okay. Soy think that I encourage everybody who was listening to go back and look at the
slides from all the presenters and check out the links to all the great resources and it’s
1:59, so I will turn it over to the manager for closing announcements.
>>Thanks everyone for attending and thanks to all of you for presenting ask just a reminder
we’re going to send a quick evaluation out with some resources, so please take the time
to give us your feedback. We will take that into consideration when we’re developing future
courses. Thanks again and have a great afternoon.

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