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97 Free Resources, Tips and Tricks to Know Everything About Hackathons

97 Free Resources, Tips and Tricks to Know Everything About Hackathons
A hackathon, also known as a codefest, is a social coding event that brings computer programmers and other interested people together to improve upon or build a new software program. The word hackathon is a portmanteau of the words hacker, which means clever programmer, and marathon, an event marked by endurance. The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware by the end of the event. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers.

99% of the hackathons are free of cost. The only expense you might have are the travel expenses to go to the hackathon venue. Hackathons offer the chance for people in the same industry to come together and learn from each other’s successes and failures. Professionals get to meet and collaborate, solve problems, share skills and help build better products. Not only are there plenty of hackathons for beginners, a growing number welcome participants who have never coded before. The more interactive a learning experience, the better, and many hackathons bring this element and more to learning to code.

In this collection of resources, you’ll find 97 high quality articles, stories, tips, tricks, guides and videos on Hackathons catering to beginners, regulars, hackathongoers and hackathon organizers. The majority of the content here are online articles and videos, so very little downloading is required. Happy programming!

Preparing for a Hackathon

  1. 4 Things You Should Do To Prepare for A Hackathon
  2. Hack the Travel
  3. How You Can Prepare for a Hackathon

The Hacker Experience

  1. Dear Corporations, Please Stop Throwing Your Own Hackathons
  2. Hackathon-ing as a Non-Developer
  3. It’s Not “Too Late” for Female Hackers
  4. Redesigning the Hackathon Experience for Beginners (Extended)
  5. The 8 Kinds of Projects You Meet at a Hackathon
  6. The Birth of the Cortex
  7. The Hack Code of Conduct
  8. The Top 10 Ways to Ruin Your Hack
  9. VTHackers – Building a Community in the Middle of Nowhere
  10. Why hackathons should conclude with an Expo
  11. Your First Hackathon


  1. Hackathon Transportation 101
  2. Hackathon Sponsorship Workshop
  3. Hackcon I – HackBrown: Getting Newbies Attending and Productive
  4. Hackcon I – Bitcamp: Getting the University to Help Fundraise
  5. Hackcon I – Securing Awesome Judges for your Hackathon
  6. Hackcon I – How HackMIT & PennApps Fundraise
  7. Hackcon I – Building a Travelling Hacker Team at Maryland
  8. Hackcon I – Hacker Club Organization: TechX at MIT
  9. Hackcon I – When “awesome” is isolating: Making Hackathons Accessible
  10. Hackcon I – Hackathon Values
  11. Hackcon I – Hackathon Judging Discussion
  12. Hackcon I – Bitcamp: Hackathons as Branding
  13. Hackcon I – MHacks III women outreach campaign & results
  14. Hackcon I – MHacks: Organizer Outreach and Busconomics
  15. Hackcon I – HackDuke: Getting Newbies Attending and Productive
  16. Hackcon I – Running an Inclusive Hackathon
  17. Hackcon I – Aligned Interests for Successful Hackathons
  18. Hackcon I – Hackathon Stories
  19. Hackcon I – PennApps Logistics & Crisis Management
  20. Hackcon I – Hackonomics 101
  21. Hackcon I – PennApps: Getting Newbies Attentive and Productive
  22. Hackcon II – The State of the League 2015
  23. Hackcon II – Hackathons are for Hacking
  24. Hackcon II – Hacking for Good
  25. Hackcon II – Hackathon Boondoggle
  26. Hackcon II – Volunteering at Hackathons
  27. Hackcon II – Health Emergencies at Hackathons
  28. Hackcon II – Beyond Logistics: The Moonshot Team
  29. Hackcon II – Hackathon Hackers
  30. Hackcon II – Understanding the Community
  31. Hackcon II – Shariq Gives a Talk
  32. Hackcon II – Marketing to Humans, not Robots
  33. Hackcon II – Frighteningly Ambitious Hackathon Ideas
  34. Hackcon II – How to Inspire Absolute Beginners
  35. Hackcon II – University Funding for Hackathons
  36. Hackcon II – Local Hack Day and Distributed Hackathons
  37. Hackcon II – Rethinking Scale
  38. Hackcon II – Hackathon IT
  39. Hackcon II – Inbox Management
  40. Hackcon II – Open Hackathon Data
  41. Hackcon II – Closing Address