MLH Hackcon Digital Schedule


October 5th and 6th, 2019 | Worldwide

Session I - October 5th, 2019

  • 8:00am ET
    MLH Hackcon Digital Welcome
  • 8:15am - 9:00am ET
    Keynote
    • The State of the League

      Swift (MLH)

      This is going to be a HUGE year for hackers. Join Major League Hacking's CEO as he leads us through everything the community has achieved in the last year and lays the path forward for all we can achieve together in the coming one.

  • 9:00am - 9:45am ET
    Discussions
    • Leadership

      Jamie Liao

      Great communities need great leaders. Share with and learn from other community experts about how to be a great leader for your community and your team.

      [View Discussion Guide]

    • Marketing

      Mary Siebert

      Getting people to your event can be incredibly challenging. Getting the people you want, even more so. Share your successes and struggles with other community leaders in this discussion.

      [View Discussion Guide]

  • 9:45am - 10:00am ET
    Break
  • 10:00am - 10:45am ET
    Discussions
    • Sponsorship

      Jamie Liao

      Money can make or break your events and your community. In this session, you'll be able to hear from experts on how they've handled selling sponsorships for their events and communities.

      [View Discussion Guide]

    • Community Building

      Mary Siebert

      How can you strengthen your community? Build strong bonds and friendships. You and other community experts can talk about all the techniques you've use.

      [View Discussion Guide]

  • 10:45am - 11:30am ET
    Lightning Talks
    • Secret ingredients of a successful tech community

      Augustine Correa

      One of the issues that plague most meetups and is especially hurtful to OSS meetups are no-shows; more so when a meetup has got registrations in multiples of the capacity.

      Since we are an OSS community: all of our meetups are free and we don’t do sponsorship. The venues are given free, speakers and organizers volunteer their time and resources. And our tickets are free; unfortunately this is treated with disdain and a cavalier attitude by quite a few registrants.

      In the first year we had an abysmally low RSVP percentage, for some meetups it even plunged to single digits. Now it's above 90% on average. This talk is all about showing how we turned this around... and how you can too.

    • Beyond the 24hrs

      Yashovardhan Agrawal

      What people generally term a hackathon is a weekend-long or a 24hrs event where people make something new from scratch trying to make their idea work and enjoying themselves in the whole process (free food & schwag!). But the real essence of a hackathon is "collaboration" between the people present at the event. Its the atmosphere you as an organiser create for the hackers to interact rather than just focusing on their projects.

      This talk focuses on making an environment for hackers to be more willing to interact. Making them aware of how these small conversations among people can make them a connection that can last forever helping them in god knows what ways ahead. Telling them ways on how to reach out to new people, first at the event, and maybe later on LinkedIn or Twitter or elsewhere.

      Hackathon is not just about your community, it is about the extended community you're building over which itself is an asset to cherish.

    • Building friendships beyond hackathons

      Juraj Mičko

      Organizing a hackathon is a non-trivial task. We have had an amazing experience organizing Hack Kosice with friends made through other hackathons and similar events. We study in 5 different countries, yet we remotely and passionately organise Hack Kosice. Personally, I was extremely happy to see the transformation of our organising team. I listened to their expectations at the beginning and saw their excitement after the hackathon. Many were most thankful just for getting to know the team and for the relationships that were built over the year. I was delighted to see how all of us fit together. Having spoken to other hackathon organisers, I would love to present a collection of ideas that can be implemented in teams to cultivate relationships and friendships that will last longer than any hackathon organising team.

    • Social media and your brand for event marketing

      Sa'ad Ahmad Sa'ad

      By motivation speech and education and technology lightening talk, teaching them how to be strong organizers and alot more

  • 11:30am ET
    Conference Close

Session II - October 5th, 2019

  • 8:00pm ET
    MLH Hackcon Digital Welcome
  • 8:15pm - 9:30pm ET
    Keynote
    • The State of the League

      Swift (MLH)

      This is going to be a HUGE year for hackers. Join Major League Hacking's CEO as he leads us through everything the community has achieved in the last year and lays the path forward for all we can achieve together in the coming one.

  • 9:30pm - 10:15pm ET
    Discussions
    • Leadership

      Jamie Liao

      Great communities need great leaders. Share with and learn from other community experts about how to be a great leader for your community and your team.

      [View Discussion Guide]

    • Marketing

      Mary Siebert

      Getting people to your event can be incredibly challenging. Getting the people you want, even more so. Share your successes and struggles with other community leaders in this discussion.

      [View Discussion Guide]

  • 10:15pm - 10:30pm ET
    Break
  • 10:30pm - 11:15pm ET
    Discussions
    • Sales

      Jamie Liao

      Money can make or break your events and your community. In this session, you'll be able to hear from experts on how they've handled selling sponsorships for their events and communities.

    • Community Building

      Mary Siebert

      How can you strengthen your community? Build strong bonds and friendships. You and other community experts can talk about all the techniques you've use.

  • 11:15pm - 11:45pm ET
    Lightning Talks
    • Bringing the hackathon culture to Iceland

      Kristjana Björk Barðdal

      Iceland is brand new to the hackathon culture but in the last couple of years there has been some amazing progress that I want to elaborate on! The first student-driven hackathon was held this year and we are planning on scaling it up this spring. I want to expand on our obstacles, goals for Reboot Hack 2020 and what we have learned.

    • Documentation Doesn't Stop at Development

      Anita Tse

      If organizing nwHacks 2019 taught me one thing: it was to DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! In my talk, I'll discuss how documentation proved time and time again to be our saving grace when it came to organizing Western Canada's Biggest Hackathon while introducing 2 brand new hackathons to the roster.

      Check out my article on documenting nwHacks last year: https://medium.com/nwplusubc/documenting-nwhacks-2019-473162ac351b

    • Setting the Stage: The Power of Opening Ceremonies

      Jamie Liao

      Opening ceremonies mean something to the world, but why not to us? Come learn about ways you can make your opening ceremony even more engaging for everyone at your event and set the stage for the entire weekend!

    • Valuing Side Events

      Fabian Dong Chan Kim

      As hackathon organizers, we set goals to maximize participation by hosting multiple workshops and offering lucrative incentives to create projects. However, creating projects can lead hackers to have tunnel vision, thus making them oblivious to other entertaining experiences provided at the hackathon. Therefore, by implementing unique side events, we can passively create a relaxing atmosphere for hackers to temporarily branch away from their project to enjoy other exciting activities.

  • 11:45pm ET
    Conference Close

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