Choosing a good date for your Hackathon can have a significant influence on how well it is attended and how much impact it has. Hackathons take concentrated effort over at least one day, so community Hackathons are typically held on weekends when most people are not working. Make sure you choose a date far enough in advance to allow yourself time to promote it to attendees.
In addition, we recommend that if possible, you avoid the following when choosing your date:
politically significant dates, such as elections, especially if you are organizing a government open data Hackathon
summer months if possible (it can be challenging to gather together attendees, especially in smaller cities.)
weekends with events already scheduled that will compete with your event for attendees (other Hackathons, ChangeCamps, conferences)
oday is a whole new world in the relationship between MTA and developer such as myself,” says Chris Shoenfeld, developer of StationStops, a popular application that uses agency data. “We have defined an active channel of communication moderated by very capable and communicative representatives at MTA, as well as very significant progress in the exporting of data sets. MTA shows developers consistently that it is dedicated to supporting them.”
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