How to Start a Hackathon

Steph Orpilla & Jacq Vaca's recipe


2 big ideas3 days4 laptopsEnergy drinks4 creative builders2 developers1 designer1 storyteller


Form a team by assigning roles but removing hierarchy. Talk through problems you’ve experienced and possible solutions to build. Finalize 1 idea. Write out if-this-then-that user flows. Agree on regular check-in times to ask questions, share work, and communicate blockers. Decide on which parts of the projects to own and then break out. Devs integrate complementary tech and code the product. The designer creates the aesthetic direction and develops assets. The storyteller writes a pitch deck and copy for the application. Bring all the pieces together and ship your prototype. Present it, get feedback, and iterate to build the next thing.