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How to Rock Your First Hackathon

Have you ever thought about going to a hackathon but weren't sure where to start? Hackathons are awesome. But...they can also be intimidating. Like any event, the more prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed.

In this workshop, we'll guide you through the hackathon experience and help you become familiar with the tools and techniques that will help you be prepared for your first hackathon. After the workshop, we'll answer any questions you'll have, and will help you install the tools that help you save time and sanity while hacking.

  • How do you come up with an idea?

  • What should you say in your pitch?

  • How can you build a working demo app in a weekend?

No prior technical or programming experience necessary. All experience levels welcome.


6:30pm - 7pm Arrive, check in, Network

7pm - 8pm Workshop

8pm - 8:30pm QnA, install tools and app


  • Networking - How to connect before, during and after the hackathon.

  • Pitching - How to present your app idea and build a killer team.

  • Tools - Text editors, sharing files, github, wireframes, customer development, Heroku, mobile development

  • Demos - How to present your demo

If you're thinking of going to Everyone Hacks (January 18th - 20th, 2013), then definitely join us for this workshop! If you're looking to get into programming, design or website development, this workshop will help you be prepared for a future hackathon as well as help you become familiar with tools and apps used by developers (and there are a ton in SF), so come either way!

If you've rocked a hackathon before and want to share your experience, we'd love to hear about it, so please send us a message.

About Your Instructor

Adria Richards is a Developer Evangelist for SendGrid and has attended over 25 hackathons. She is a frequent speaker at major conferences including SXSW, O'Reilly Web 2.0, The Lean Startup Conference and BlogHer.

Adria is known for her advocacy of cloud apps, workplace productivity and digital equality.

Previous to joining SendGrid, Adria was a technology consultant delivering training and technology services to Fortune 500 companies and startups including Apple, John Deere, Equinox and Zendesk. Her passion for technology shows with her YouTube video views nearing two million views. Adria has worked with major brands to create tech videos including Dell, CDW, Motorola, Samsung and T-Mobile. Before this, Adria worked for Geeksquad and American Express as a network support engineer in Minnesota.


Thank you to SendGrid for the space, snacks, and Adria Richards, Developer Evangelist, who will be the instructor for this workshop.

Scholarships Available

If you'd like to attend but cannot afford the cost, please request a GDI scholarship.

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  • Mary Ann J.

    Great information. Adria made the meetup very welcoming. I wasn't afraid about asking any "stupid" questions, and she was very knowledgable. :) By the end of the meetup, I was wishing that I didn't already have weekend plans so that I could go to Everyone Hacks!

    I walked away with a clearer understanding of hackathons and a 2013 resolution to participate in my first hackathon. Thank you, Adria and Girl Develop It.

    January 17, 2013

  • Renata

    Presentation was Awesome! Great material and helpful tips. Adria is a great speaker and definitely knows how to get the group to interact and pumped up for the upcoming hackathons. Look forward to the next workshop!

    January 16, 2013

  • Adria R.

    Ok, I'm a bit partial since I was the instrutor but the feedback was awesome! Food arrived on time, introductions and then workshop content delivered. Lots of QnA interaction during and after the workshop with a large number of attendees saying they would be going to the hackathon this weekend.

    January 16, 2013

  • Alicia

    This was a fantastic experience. As someone who is not a developer and is just starting to thinks about entering the spaces, everyone was extremely welcoming. The material was very helpful and Adria did a great job presenting. I will definitely attend future events.

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great information, and reduced my fear of attending my first hackathon. Adria knows her stuff, and had a great presentation.

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One vegetarian here (eats dairy/eggs); anybody else?

    January 15, 2013

  • Adria R.

    Hey @Kristi, it's the IGN building on the 2nd floor at the co-working space called, The Hatchery. It's at 625 2nd Street. The Hatchery now has 2 locations with the new spot being on Harrision but this workshop is on 2nd street!

    January 15, 2013

  • KG

    Is the address correct? When I click on maps it points to IGN building, but when I search for Hatchery it shows the address as 645 Harrison instead of 625. Please let me know, don't want to get lost.

    January 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it that night but I'll be at Everyone Hacks so I hope to tag along with those who'll have attended to rock it up !
    we're on the road to fame ladies !!

    January 13, 2013

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