Hackathons are great for engaging your local community, but it’s only a per semester or even per year basis. I’ve spoke to a lot of organizers who mentioned that they don’t do much outside of their yearly hackathon in terms of hacker events.
For Rutgers University, we have a club called USACS that’s the largest CS club on campus. They host a workshop every Friday evening that’s student/alumni led on topics not taught in school (e.g. Databases, APIs, Python, etc.). They also do social activities focused on bonding with other folks in CS over ice cream and games!
To everyone: How do you all actively engage your hacker community when your hackathon isn’t happening?