Hackathons: What Are They and How Can They Help My Cause?
With Kat Kavanaugh, E.D., Water Rangers.
March 24, 1:30-3:30 PM
Sustainable Capacity Centre
969 Wellington St W, 2nd Floor
When people hear the word ‘hacking’, they think of developers breaking into secure networks for malicious purposes. This sometimes happens, but most hacking is actually for good! Hacking is really just about trying out an idea quickly. Think about when you ‘just hack something together’ so that you can get it done. You want to see how it works, and whether the idea itself is worth spending days, months, years building out. We also call this prototyping.
This interactive talk (with a few games!) will explore how powerful hackathons can be. It will also talk about the end results: how to manage expectations, ongoing support and development after the event is over.
Kat Kavanagh, who is a web designer and front-end developer, was part of a winning team for 2015’s Aquahacking for the Ottawa River. She’s participated in hackathons before and presented at CanUX on prototyping, her favourite way to try out new ideas quickly. For the past 6 years, she’s run her own web company, Capra Design Limited <https://thisiscapra.com/>. After Aquahacking, she co-founded Water Rangers <https://waterrangers.ca/en/>, a non-profit that aims to make data and citizen science for water easy and fun.