4 steps to hackathon success
Hackathons are our favorite ways to teach since they provide the best way for your employees to relate to a topic by solving some of their problems live. To successfully execute a hackathon, we follow the following steps.
Meet to discuss your learning goals and success criteria.
Pick learning path
Find a small to medium-sized business problem or process that could be accommodated in a Hackathon.
Level Setting Class
In this one-day foundational class, we ensure that each participant is at the same level kicking off our hackathon. You can have up to 30 students in this class day.
Apply knowledge for success
You can pick a prototype to build in this 1-3 day building session. Learning sessions can include Power Platform, Azure or traditional BI. Your instructor can handle up to 10 students for this intimate session.
Frequently asked questions
Absolutely! The entire premise of a hackathon is to learn with your own data and business problems. We ask that you do not connect to a production system for hackathons though. Please connect to development or clone a subset of your data.
Any example solutions developed during the Hackathon should be considered a proof of concept and not “production-ready” at the end of the engagement.
Our mentors can support hackathons for learning Power Apps, Power BI, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, SQL Server, most of the Azure stack or traditional BI.
All of our trainers are full time staffed mentors at Pragmatic Works. Most are well know in the community, with dozens of books, speaking engagements and Microsoft MVPs awards. You will know who your mentor is during the booking process of your engagement.
Hackathons are completely customizable training engagements. Hackathons are completely custom training engagements. Our purpose is to create a group of experts within your team, so the scope should be kept fairly narrow to allow us to fully develop your team.
No, unfortunately connecting to various third-party APIs is outside the scope of what can be covered in a Hackathon session. Each API has their own challenges and documentation that our team is likely not going to be proficient in understanding.
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