Hackathonist

BetterMIT
Project Type
Product Design, UI/UX Design​

Role

User Research, Conceptual Design, UI/UX Design, Storytelling

Year
2019

Awards
2019 BetterMIT Challenge First Prize

Collaborator
Minzi Long

Hackathonist is a clear Hackathon feed for hackers to create a better connecting, learning and playing experience, in order to create a better MIT.


1. MIT has a history of hacking. By randomly typing hackathon + MIT, you can find that you can hack almost everything
1. MIT has a history of hacking. By randomly typing hackathon + MIT, you can find that you can hack almost everything

2. I received over 50 emails about hackathon events last year. The biggest one that I have attended involves more than 1000 people, with the highest prize more than 10k. The average work time is around 30 hours
2. I received over 50 emails about hackathon events last year. The biggest one that I have attended involves more than 1000 people, with the highest prize more than 10k. The average work time is around 30 hours

The oldest hacking activity can be dated back to nineteen-sixties. Gradually, Hackathon becomes the perfect media for delivering the value of making and innovation, and gains its grandiose popularity among “hackers” from various backgrounds.


3. However, we do find some problems from our own perspective about these events
3. However, we do find some problems from our own perspective about these events

However, there are several problems from our perspective.

For example, before hackathon, the information is very segmented (the MIT internal hackathons and the ones sponsored by external agencies are not usually shared on the same platform). Secondly, it is not always easy to manage hackathons using a third-party platform, due to some restrictions. Thirdly, during our interview with hackers, more than 60% of them indicated that they do not have a satisfied hacking experience due to the “wrong” teammate(s). Being difficult to match the right participants who have the similar goal (either to have fun or to build something brilliant) together is an actual pain point of these activities, since currently this process is usually simplified as random assign.

Moreover, some people have registered for the events but have no show, which makes it hard for organizers to estimate the scale of the events, leading to the waste of resources. Meanwhile, different people have different workspace preference. We also find that a lot of good ideas are not documented just because they are not the final winners.  


4. We propose a platform "all you can hack", which is a clear hackathon feed for MIT hackers
4. We propose a platform “all you can hack”, which is a clear hackathon feed for MIT hackers

5. All you can hack provides a life-cycle solution for hackathon activities
5. All you can hack provides a life-cycle solution for hackathon activities

We divide the time of hackathon into three parts.

Before hackathon, you can get as much information as possible from the dashboard; you can also customize your resume according to the organizers requirements and find you teammate by adopting systematically matching.

During hackathon, your teammate and you can have an integrated work space for file transfer and team chatting.

When finishing each hackathon, you are able to provide an objective review for your teammate, in terms of helping the system find a better matching process afterwards. The platform also provides a gallery for idea documentation – you are able to build a portfolio sharing your shining moments.


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6. Wireframe for Hackathonist

7. Prototype