After you’ve planned the logistics and set up your chat platform, start planning how you’re going to make your digital experience fun for hackers. Activities can range from simple chat activities for a better introduction to facilitate a conversation around to using voice channel as a medium of chatting to having dedicated games on live stream or a conference call where people can join in, have fun and enjoy in the process!
You can make the brainstorming events a fun activity by involving your organising team have different gaming round for each and selecting the best of them to be hosted at your event. This can be a great team-building activity as well!
To support you better, we’ve brainstormed some fun activities you can do. Have a look!
Start discussions in threads on your #random, or create specific channels for chatting. See below for some potential questions you can use as conversation starters.
Two Truths and a Lie
Hackers post two truths and a lie about themselves. Folks vote via emoji and react if they think 1, 2, or 3 is the lie. After a bit, they reveal what the lie was.
Question of the Hour
Stimulate the conversation by asking a “question of the hour” on Discord/Slack. Potential Ice breaker questions include:
What’s your coffee/tea order?
What’s your #1 Bucket List item?
What city would you love to move to?
What’s your favorite meal?
What useless fact do you know?
What is your favorite book?
What’s your school mascot?
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Host a trivia tournament and let hackers know it’s honors system to not google answers. You could do this via stream where the first hackers to chime in for the correct answer win, or you could do a multi-choice quiz that you distribute via Slack/Discord.
Online game tournaments are one of the most common ways to engage folks online. You can get creative with the games you’re hosting. Due to the processing power needed to stream, keep in mind the capabilities of your computer. We recommend streaming in no higher quality than 720p @ 30fps and hard-wiring your computer to the network via an ethernet cable when possible. Also, try not to do processing-heavy work on the computer that’s streaming.
There are numerous online gaming tournaments, and here are a few ideas:
****Jackbox games: We highly recommend Jackbox and Jackbox- style games because they are an extremely accessible event to run. You only need 1 person to own the game for everyone to participate! (Run it in family mode to avoid inappropriate prompts!)
Stream multiplayer games – League of Legends, Dota, Rocket League, and Smash can all be fun games to play over the web. Just be mindful that bad internet connection can make any of these games a bad time.
Online Chess tournament
Create a Minecraft server for hackers to build in
Keep in mind that not all your hackers will be video game players. Host some non-gaming activities as well. Some of our ideas are:
!Light **– Code-in-the-dark activity where participants have 5 minutes to recreate a website without previewing the code they’re writing. Stream the host’s screen so that hackers can see what everyone else built and vote on their favorite.
Slideshow Karaoke – Presenter picks a random slidedeck based on suggestions from the audience. Have a volunteer present it (via voice stream) without knowing what it is while the presenter controls the slides.
Typing contest – Host an online typing contest to see who can type the most words per minute using websites like 10 Fast Fingers.
Music – If hackers have Spotify Premium, you can stream background music on Discord. Think about hosting an organizer DJ of the hour and have hackers vote on their favorite playlists.
Show and Tell – Allow hackers to share with groups things they’ve been working on, interesting podcasts they’re listening to, a fun recipe they tried, or anything else they want to share.
User Experience Design Competition – Give hackers a limited amount of time to create a design based on a theme you announce. Have them post it in a thread on slack/discord and participants can vote on their favorite.
Bob Ross painting competition using MS Paint – Hackers can watch Bob Ross painting tutorials for free on YouTube. Have a competition to see who can recreate a Bob Ross landscape using MS Paint or other online drawing tool.
Skribbl.io – Draw and guess words with your friends and people all around the world! Score the most points and be the winner!