Idea: D_D Hackathon Funnel

TL;DR

  • On average, hackathons are one of the best opportunities to learn real skills, produce resume projects, and network with peers and employers.
  • Anecdotally, we know that many/most people join Developer DAO for the same reasons.
  • We should invest in processes and tools that help members enter hackathons and have successful experiences within them.

Idea

I’d love to see a DAO team take ownership of hackathon team prep. I asked this question on the bird app and got some great feedback.

My takeaways:

  • Templates/starter kits optimized for hackathons would be a great public good produced and maintained by DAO members. Similar things exist, but I believe it would be great for an internal team to own those decisions and dogfood tools that we create.
  • Hackathons are typically tight timelines. Providing great documentation/content/workshops using those templates would help people get moving quickly.
  • Design plays a large role in hackathon evaluations; all you get is a first impression. Templates should include attractive component libraries, etc.
  • Re: first impression importance, template slide decks could be offered by the DAO to aid in professional presentations of projects.
  • Match-making for projects is a big problem space with a lot of opportunity for experimentation.
    • Teams need to have some bases covered: front-end, back-end/smart contracts, design, etc.
    • Ideally, teams are aligned on project interests, e.g., defi, NFTs, network, causes like environmentalism, etc.
    • Opportunity to grow network in specific direction, e.g., for web3con, @camiinthisthang offered specific opportunities for women to meet and form teams.
    • A little randomness can be fun.

If you’re interested in joining or leading a team to bring some of these ideas to life, please speak up!

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Like this idea! I’m a full-stack web dev and I would be up to collaborate in anything you need.

Good luck!

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I’ve organized several hackathons including student, professional, and corporate events. I’ve also won several hackathons including most recently Miami Hack Week Spring 22. I would absolutely love to help educate others on how to win hackathons, how to network at them, and how to get the most out of it.

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Will be doing part of this as part of the mentorship program

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awesome! let me know when more details are available and what support would be helpful!

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