The hackathon product dream team explained

Regardless of the challenges in the world, the people you work with are crucial for success. Whether if you are planning on world domination or tech for good - teamed up with other companies and platforms in the tech ecosystem and multiple partners - including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub - to invite #developers to create breakthrough software solutions that could help solve COVID-19 challenges across a variety of themes #buildforCOVID19, a miss-match of skills can make a huge difference in product success.

To run an efficient team, you only need three people: a Hipster, a Hacker, and a Hustler. When I look at the better teams I've been a part of, this has absolutely proven to be true.

The Hipster: Usually present ourselves as the designer or creative genius, we will make sure the final product is cooler than anything else out there. Not only doing so, but we will also ensure the shades of blue used to accent the font really brings out the subtle reference to a design movement from the 1900's you probably never thought about.

The Hacker: We most likely to sit quietly through a meeting until uttering the three sentences that answers the all-important question of "how?" the new idea or initiative can be brought into reality. We enable the dreamers and put the visions into reality - usually wielded into various lines of code or programming languages.

The Hustler: We have the tendency to be the most misunderstood member of this trio. The Hipster is likely to accuse the Hustler of having sold out to the man because of their constant question of "It's cool, but is it something our partners and clients want?" The Hacker is likely to do their best to avoid one on one conversations with the Hustler as a result of jock vs. geek episode back in high school.

When the Hipster brings the creative design and cool factor, the Hacker brings their utility belt of technology solutions, and the Hustler finds the right way to package it all up and take it to the masses in the form of sales and partnerships, it is a combination that is tough to beat.

The only question is, does your team have all three?

Want to help and want to learn more about how to host a successful hackathon that enables all three?

Angela Bee (CEO of Hackathons Australia) is holding a session showing you how to use digital tools to host a successful hackathon on Tuesday 31 March at 11:30am-12:30pm SYD time on XpertFinder.

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