The weekend of June 3, I was able to participate in something I've always had interest in but in the past had worried I didn't have the right skill set, a Hackathon.
The ATX Hack for Change is Austin’s response to the National Day of Civic Hacking, a White House initiative started in 2013 to inspire citizens to come together and improve their communities. This hackathon focuses on social good projects, from creating mobile apps that streamline volunteer work feeding the homeless to aggregating data for where our sidewalks should be built.
The team I joined was focused on mentoring at risk teens who are interested in tech as a career option. Once we kicked off the project, my fears of being deadweight on the team were put to rest. My team was made up of so many different skill sets, engineers, front end devs, marketing strategists and UX/Visual folks such as myself, all which were needed. I was especially excited to bring some of my design thinking skills to the table for the kick off, as the team navigated research about who our end user was and what goals they would want to achieve. I was so impressed with my teams ability to come together given our different backgrounds and to focus and create an end deliverable that really focused on our end users, teens in tech.