Join a COVID-19 Hackathon: 10 Reasons why you Should get Involved

28 Apr, 2020

Taking a look at the benefits of joining a hackathon and listing 11 active hackathons working to fight the effects of COVID-19.

We’re all sitting at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and many of us are feeling pretty helpless. You might have offered to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbour or helped a friend set up Zoom and other remote tools to enable them to work from home. But what if you have skills that can help map COVID-19, create support structures or solve problems that have emerged as cities shut down and many services are closed to reduce the pandemic?  Consider joining a hackathon.

A Whitepaper on Developers and the COVID-19 crisis: Challenges and Opportunities

In the early stages of COVID-19 we reached out to our community of developers to gain an insight to their experiences – how it was impacting their workplace and their existing orders, the job market in general and tech as a sector. What follows is a deep dive into the results of our survey.

Why join?

There are many  great, tangible reasons for joining a virtual hackathon:

  • Increase your experience working in small groups
  • Share your skills
  • Help build better products
  • Make friends
  • Meet potential employers/colleagues
  • Gain confidence in explaining your ideas to new people
  • Gain mastery of virtual tools and working online
  • Learn new skills and hacks 
  • Try out new tools for free
  • Give something back for the greater good

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