Hello all! I wanted to try out this community resource with some questions we’ve been having with our event scheduling.
In all past VandyHacks events, we’ve waited to start workshops until after hacking begins – we like this because it means we actually have 39 hours of hacking . We’re currently investigating moving hacking back to make it a truly 36 hour event and holding some intro workshops, team finding, mentor project discussion, and sponsor meet and greet.
Before, the response to these events was always positive but they would be strictly after hacking began, meaning we might be intimidating people who don’t have a team by the time hacking begins. I’m wondering if holding off hacking for a couple hours would help hackers feel more open to taking the time to visit workshops, taking more time to plan out projects (making higher-quality projects), meeting sponsors, and forming teams.
On the other side of the issue, if more experienced hackers are idle, they might be tempted to gain an unfair advantage by starting hacking right after the opening ceremony anyway.