11 Things to Bring to Every Hackathon

Tracy Sestili
Sep. 14, 2016 by Tracy Sestili

We’ve been to a few hackathons and even host our own, internally, twice a year. In fact, last year everyone got a pony! (Sort of). That’s why it was easy to crowdsource from our community some of the best things to bring to a hackathon (i.e. hackathon necessities). Here are some of our favorites:

hackathon-necessities

Obvious choices

(duh!)

  • computer
  • mouse
  • power cord

Although, when I asked folks what the craziest thing they ever saw was, NY Hackathons weighed in with this:

Common, yet not exclusive choices

  1. Red Bull/energy drink of choice. From what we hear, it’s a necessity. And our own Aydrian Howard, who recently wrote about how to get the most out of your first hackathon experience, can’t seem to live without caffeine.
    hackathon necessities
  2. Spare clothes. Apparently, nothing feels better than putting on clean clothes, even if you’re not 100% clean.
  3. Blanket. Let’s face it, it gets chilly sometimes. Plus, you can fold it up and use it as a pillow.
  4. Toothbrush and paste – unless you want to be relegated to Slack, your teammates will appreciate a little minty freshness.
  5. A good night’s rest – rest up the night before because you’re going to need it! Trying to pull an all-nighter on limited sleep makes you a sloppy coder.
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  6. Chargers and/or spare batteries. You can never have enough juice and there are never enough plugs to go around. If you want to make friends fast, bring a power strip.
  7. Earphones/headphones. Everyone gets their own vibe on with their own tunes. Here’s a hackathon playlist we put together on Spotify for you. Let @tracysestili know what you think.
  8. Backpack/empty bag for swag. There is always swag at these things, all edible swag usually gets consumed on site. But if it’s not edible, then you’ll need an empty sack to bring home your goods.
  9. Favorite snacks. Nuts anyone? But seriously, if you’re a picky eater or if you eat a lot, then packing your own snack(s) is the way to go.
    via GIPHY
  10. Notebook/scratch paper + pen/pencil. Sometimes whiteboards aren’t readily available and so you need something to map out your schema.
  11. Jacket/hoodie/beanie. When you’re just sitting there for hours, you get cold because your body isn’t moving. And a hoodie or a beanie are great for those rooms where the vent is blowing right on your head.via GIPHY

Do you have any favorites? Anything crazy you’ve seen? Let me know in the comments below.

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