— 11h ago via Last.fm
Kal Joffres and I were invited to talk on BFM Radio about Hackweekend.
BFM Radio Description (Source):
Hacking, if you don’t already know, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And just to prove that hacking also has a positive upbringing by getting people developing ideas and so forth. Kal Joffres, Director at Tandemic and Aizat Faiz, Software Engineer at Facebook talks about Hackweekend.
In order to make hackathons effective, participants need to be inspired. The easiest way to inspire participants is to give the something to focus on. A theme for the hackathon.
Without going into the specifics of the words. I will tell you how these words make me feel.
To me, a “theme” is defined as having a broad categorization. When people say “theme”, people think it can cover a broad area.
Meanwhile “focus” conveys to me a precision, and a smaller area to dedicate our time to cover.
Somehow hearing “theme”, I feel people haven’t really decided on what to work on. But when “focus” is used, a decision has been come upon, and all energy should be directed towards it. I feel more excited hearing “focus”.
How does “theme” and “focus” convey to you?
Hackathons should have focuses, not themes.
Hackweekend is focusing on Gamification. Do you think you have what it takes?