You’d think that wrangling the Nash Hack Weekathon Consulting Sessions would rattle anyone. It’s a challenge that veteran product manager Tomiko Peirano takes on gladly.
Peirano, no stranger to juggling multiple projects, helps run the Nashville Product and Nashville UX Meetup groups. On the job at Dollar General, she is digital products manager. Most importantly, she’s mom to baby Frank, born in February. “He’s not very digitally enabled yet,” she says, “meaning he can’t even really use his fingers.”
Now she’s organizing the four consecutive nights of product strategy, design, planning, and execution (Oct. 15-18), leading up to a brand new 48-hour hackathon (Oct. 19-21).
Nash Hack Weekathon is a free, weeklong event where developers, product managers, designers, and marketers come together to build projects in an open, community hackathon. It takes the place of BarCamp Nashville, which is on hiatus.
Up to four teams will be selected during a Pitch Competition on Oct. 6 to have an opportunity to consult with experts in product development, user experience design, tech stack planning and build planning.
“With the Nash Hack Weekathon, what I love about this iteration is that it’s more casual and more intensive,” Peirano says. “What I mean by that is, 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.
“But it is definitely more intensive in that we’re focusing on four teams that are going to submit and then be selected from a pitch competition,” she added. “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.”
Here are the topics for the consultations:
Monday, Oct. 15: Product Strategy. “It’s really going to be fairly high-level but still valuable insights, asking that eternal question, who are you building this for, and why?” Peirano said. “What problem/solution are we trying to get to? What outcomes are you trying to realize with your product? What does the competitive landscape look like?”
Tuesday, Oct. 16: UX Design. “That one’s really going to be looking at the user workflow as planned at that point,” Peirano said. “What does the team imagine the user is going to do? What actions are key for every phase? And out of that, really establish that UX strategy, and even also possibly determine things like some design thematics, action thematics. When you think about making sure each screen has a clearly defined prioritized action, and/or purpose. Really thinking through a lot of that stuff.”
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Tech Stack Planning. “That’s basically advising, based on everything you know about what your product is going to do, how it’s going to be distributed, do you need to do a native mobile build, is there a responsive web app, etc. Those are a lot of the questions that can be answered in this evening’s conversation, as well as making some recommendations on how you can build the MVP.”
Thursday, Oct. 18: Build Planning. “They’re really going to be looking at, how do we break the work apart,” Peirano said. “Essentially creating a road map for the build. And this is going to be absolutely key going into the hackathon.”
Peirano said she’s impressed anyone toying with an idea can learn from local experts all of the steps to making it a reality. Not everybody knows how to speak dev, and not every developer is given the big picture in terms of why you’re building what you’re building.
“We encourage everybody to come to every evening, because this is an evolving conversation and it is complementary,” she said. “Every evening builds on what happened the night before. That’s not to say if you don’t come Tuesday night, you can’t come Wednesday night to the tech stack planning. But if you come Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, you’re going to get that much more out of the overall experience.”
Registration for all events is free. Check out the upcoming Nash Hack Weekathon events and sign up today!