Set Up A Placeholder Website

Until an event has a website, it doesn’t exist to most people. Publishing a basic website the second you’ve committed to hosting a hackathon will help you drive interest to it, capture potential attendee email addresses, and answer questions from interested students:

The first iteration of your site should include:

  • Dates and venue (if you have them)

  • A pre-registration form. (A few good options for this include SendGrid and LaunchRock.)

  • A designated email address to answer potential attendees’ questions

  • Links to your event’s Facebook page and Twitter account

  • A date when visitors should check back for more info

  • A basic FAQ about your event to explain things to someone who has never seen or been to a hackathon before. A good FAQ example: MLH Prime

  • A page just for sponsors, including:

    • An email address for sponsorship inquiries

    • Some information about your event and your team

MLH Tips

  • You should update this site on a rolling basis as you land speakers and sponsors, create your schedule, confirm transportation offerings, etc.

  • As early as possible, celebrate what differentiates your event.

  • It's never to early to open registration. Check out MyMLH for an awesome single sign on solution to make signing up for your hackathon really simple!

Resources:

  • MLH-Hackathon-Boilerplate - Boilerplate code for any new MLH Member Hackathon looking to build a website integrated with MyMLH. Written entirely in Jekyll, which GitHub pages automatically compiles to make hosting seamless.

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