I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’
All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.
I think establishing a culture of inclusion is more important than some of us getting to enjoy playing with new technology $X, while on a moon bounce, listening to a speaker who sold their company for $Y million dollars. Please do not lose sight of the root of what makes hackathons great, powerful, and positive: they can (and should) be a place where anyone can learn, collaborate and build the solutions to problems.
This whole post by Jennifer is wonderful. Read through it and reach out to her if you’d like to help contribute.