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Where are all the design "hackathons"?

over 5 years ago from , Designer @ Smoocer

Or rather designathons.

Events like these would be great for the design community but I don't think there are many events like this!

23 comments

  • Eric HuEric Hu, over 5 years ago

    My friends and I have slackathons where we just drink beer at a bar

    53 points
  • Scott Magee, over 5 years ago

    Most hackathons could use good designers to help the results come to life. Depending on your area, you could try Startup Weekend. It doesn't hurt to reach out to hackathon coordinators and mention your interest.

    6 points
  • Brooks HassigBrooks Hassig, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    • Elefint Designs puts on some cool designathons – hit them up!

    • The Noun Project has done the occasional "iconothons".

    • Future Partners and Project M will do sprints from time to time.

    • The Designer Fund might do some – maybe you could reach out to them to put something together!

    I would suggest you attend a "regular" hackathon as a designer. In my experience, not many designers go, which means whatever team you join will have a tremendous advantage.

    4 points
  • Murat MutluMurat Mutlu, over 5 years ago

    Check out http://www.designjams.org/

    4 points
  • Jen Y, over 5 years ago

    There's also Pecha Kucha. http://www.pechakucha.org/

    2 points
  • Geoff KimballGeoff Kimball, over 5 years ago

    There's nothing stopping you from incorporating a design process into a hackathon! Just find some friends who are programmers.

    My friends and I went to a more engineering-heavy hackathon in San Francisco and started off by sketching and whiteboarding and so on. A few people passed by the little office we were camping in and saw our layouts and user flows and had sort of an "oh that's cute" attitude, like we were getting ahead of ourselves by putting the design requirements before the tech requirements.

    In the end we actually did implement the thing we set out to build . One guy specifically who came back around later in the night said "Oh wow, you guys actually made what you sketched on the white boards!" And we were all yeah, that was the idea.

    2 points
  • Athyuttam Reddy, over 5 years ago

    Hack@Brown is organized by students at both Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. We're very design focused, and have tons of resources for designers to make the most out of a hackathon!

    This includes design mentors, efficient team forming, as well as potential sponsorship from Apple, Adobe, Autodesk and so on. If you're a student, we probably will also have design recruiters at the event!

    Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more info closer to the hackathon. :)

    1 point
  • Eric PanEric Pan, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    There is Cut&Paste that runs the Digital Design Tournament, a live, competitive showcase held throughout the world each year. In addition, they also have smaller live and online challenges.

    1 point
  • Adey SalyardsAdey Salyards, over 5 years ago

    I've organized a couple Design Battles here in DC - have you ever tried putting on one of those? Although they're not the same as a hackathon, I think they're a great way to have some fun and bring attention to worthy designers who are competing under pressure to create the best design within the time limit. When I organized the first one in 2012, one of my main goals was bringing attention to some pretty incredible students that I went to school with. The next two have seen some surprising upsets, with emerging young designers making a name for themselves by winning these competitions.

    You can check out what we did here: https://vimeo.com/40870475

    1 point
  • Erik LarssonErik Larsson, over 5 years ago

    How about layertennis.com? That's like an early iteration of a what a design-a-thon could be.

    0 points
  • Matt BaxterMatt Baxter, over 5 years ago

    Seems like the assumption is that design isn't normally a part of hackathons? The winners from any hackathon always have some design thought going into it. Hackathons always have need for designers.

    0 points
  • James StiffJames Stiff, over 5 years ago

    I'll be attending Hack Manchester again this year, along with the ClockworkSMS skeleton crew:

    If you're there, come say "hello" and grab one of these T-shirts.

    0 points
  • Aaron TenbuurenAaron Tenbuuren, over 5 years ago

    While regular hackathons do have a focus on the technical and programming aspect of the event, there is a need for design in them. I am a designer, but i have attended several hackathons with developer buddies, and have had a blast under the tight time constraints to produce a great looking and intuitively functioning app or program. Just because there isnt a huge focus on the design doesn't mean that there isn't one.

    0 points
  • Marvin KennisMarvin Kennis, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Most hackathons are very welcoming to designers. I've been to three now (TNW Kings of Code, PennApps and HackTheNorth) and noticed a growing attendance of designers. It's also no problem finding a team that is looking for a designer since it gives a great edge over the projects. Design and UX seem to be part of the judging criteria almost anywhere.

    0 points
  • Charlie ChauvinCharlie Chauvin, over 5 years ago

    There is a Create Athon coming up near the end of October in Austin http://createathonaustin.org Looks like there may be others http://createathon.org

    These help support non-profits who need marketing and collateral design help. It's then followed by http://austingivecamp.org which will do the same for charities but offer code help.

    I'm on the fence but haven't committed yet.

    0 points
  • Chris CChris C, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    I've heard of a few but they are definitely not commonplace. I would love to do one - even if it were a remote experience.

    On a side note, if a company is hosting a hackathon for employees, is it pretty common that they do it for the purpose of generating new product ideas or is it more common that they hold them for the purpose of providing a fun experience to build things off of their technology, platform, or service?

    If the former is the case, is that fair?

    0 points
  • Neil GuptaNeil Gupta, over 5 years ago

    If you're in Chicago, check out hackathons thrown by MonkeyBars (www.monkeybars.io). They cater to both hackers and designers. They're throwing a hackathon tomorrow for Cisco's IoT World Forum that you should definitely check out if you're in the area!

    http://hackathon.iotwf.com

    0 points
  • Ruban KhalidRuban Khalid, 5 years ago

    Let's make our own Design Hackathons. My experience:

    https://medium.com/monitise-create/dropbox-hackathon-bdc2c679b0c0

    0 points