Virtual hackweeks

The 2020 global coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the cancelation of in-person hackweeks. Many hackweek organizers are wondering whether the core mission of these events can still be achieved in some capacity within a virtual setting. This section describes our ongoing explorations of virtual hackweeks as we experiment with what is possible.

General logistics

In general, be sure to clearly articulate what tools and technologies are required, and be ready to work with individuals in advance of the hackweek who might need assistance. It helps to provide links in advance to the audio/video testing sites that most virtual platforms offer.

Virtual etiquette

Establishing protocols and habbits around virtual etiquette is important early in the hackweek. Whenever a group is meeting for the first time it is helpful to provide reminders on the following points (these could be posted on a slide that is shared on everyone's screen):