Inside the Hackathon Organiser’s Backpack


I’ve done my fair share of hackathon organising over the years. From small 30 person “specialist” hacks, to larger, 200+ affairs like Music Hack Day London. Over that time I’ve built up a checklist of items that I try to ensure I have with me on the day to make sure everything runs smoothly. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and only covers the scrappier DIY end of the hackathon spectrum. There’s certainly going to be more insight from people who read this too, so I’d love to see contributions in the comments below.   The Hackathon Backpack Sharpies & A4 Paper The height of technology. Sometimes, you’ll use a venue that is supposed to provide signage that