Keeping Records

Documenting your process

If you’re planning to host your hackathon again next year, taking detailed records during and after the planning process can help your team avoid common mistakes, and improve the experience for next year’s organizers and hackers.

For example, if you went over budget because snacks for hackers cost more than you expected then you should note that for next year’s team to help them avoid making the same mistake.


We recommend keeping all your documents in a central Google Drive folder, so future organizers can easily reference old resources as needed. If you have a central email for your hackathon like use it to create the Google Drive folder, so you don’t have to worry about transferring folder ownership year after year.

Email Records

It’s incredibly valuable to keep email records with mentors, sponsors, and any stakeholders supporting your event. For example, you can use past sponsorship email correspondences to strengthen your sponsorship outreach strategy.

Hey Company! Based on our correspondence last year, your team was interested in sponsoring at our event but the timing didn’t work out. Would you be interested in chatting again for this year’s event?

To keep all of your email records in one place, I recommend CC’ing a central email for your hackathon like on all of your emails. All of the emails will end up in one inbox for future teams to easily reference!

Below are some tips to help you get started with recording keeping!

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