Nash Hack Weekathon brings together developers, marketers, product people, and others in the Middle Tennessee tech community, for a week of events that culminates in an open, community hackathon.
While the core event is the hackathon, the preceding events allow participants to tap expert resources to improve their project plans while learning more about product strategy, UX design, tech stack planning, and build planning. The weekathon rolls out in three phases: the Pitch Competition, the Consulting Sessions, and the Hackathon.
Nash Hack Weekathon opens with the Pitch Competition on Saturday, October 6, where teams will present their project ideas to a panel of judges for the opportunity to receive a week of expert consulting.
“You don’t need a full-fledged project to enter the Pitch Competition, says Jeremy Raley, one of the organizers. All you need is a great idea.”
“You see pitches and a lot of times what you see is that it has to be well polished, and ‘Shark Tank’ ready,” says Raley, who by day is membership lead for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. “But the beauty about this is that it can be purely an idea that’s not fleshed out, but you’re excited about it.”
Hear Raley describe the event in more detail on the Nash Hack Weekathon podcast, produced by Relationary Marketing.
The week leading up to the Hackathon consists of four consecutive evenings of Consulting Sessions, Monday-Thursday, October 15-18. Up to four teams selected during the Pitch Competition will have an opportunity to consult with experts in product strategy, user experience design, tech stack planning, and build planning. Organized by local tech meetups, the consulting sessions will allow the featured teams to consult with industry experts to improve their project ideas. The public is welcome to attend any of these evening events to learn more about the designated topic.
“What I love about this iteration is that it’s more casual and more intensive,” says Tomiko Peirano, organizer of weekday sessions. “It’s more casual because it’s kind of spread out over the course of a handful of events. It’s more casual because there’s greater opportunity for an audience to observe and learn, and learn a lot of different disciplines and see a lot of different phases of product development, all the way up to building something.”
“And we’re going to be taking their concept, their idea all the way from product strategy point of view all the way to, hopefully, building an MVP working version of their ideas,” adds Peirano, who is also digital products manager at Dollar General.
Hear Peirano describe the event in more detail on the Nash Hack Weekathon podcast.
Nash Hack Weekathon finishes with the 48-hour open Hackathon on Friday-Sunday, October 19-21. Join a team, form a team, or work on a solo project. At the end of the hackathon, featured teams will present their projects on the main stage while other participants in the open hackathon else will be able to demo their project science fair style.
Project Demos are open to the public. Come see the projects and vote for your favorites!