Hackathon Mentors enhance the experience for hackers by supporting them through the creative process; responding to questions, and posting thought-provoking discussion prompts.
Mentors set the tone for the hackathon. The role of the Mentor is to be a resource for the teams during the duration of the hackathon. Help teams define workflow, generate relevant ideas, problem-solve, understand open datasets and develop final pitches. Most importantly, be helpful and encouraging!
At a hackathon, students learn how to turn their dreams into reality. Students learn by doing, but sometimes Google is not enough to teach someone how to build their first hack. This is where you come in. A good mentor can vastly improve a hacker's experience and learning, and inspire hackers to pursue their dreams. Hackathons are a great way to give back to the community.
Ideally mentors have minimum 1-3 years experience on a software development team, have mentored other developers, are familiar with accessibility and have participated in at least one hackathon. We are looking for mentors that are software developers (mobile, front-end, back-end), visual designers, UX/UI/AI designers, Quality Assurance testers, IoT innovators, and product/service/marketing experts. Mentors should be able to participate in both days of the Hackathon.
Mentors can also provide valuable feedback to Accessible Tech Network team and become part of our enthusiastic, friendly Mentor community. We provide basic training in hackathon team management best practices.
We provide you:
- Cost of travel up to 20GBP; drinks and food
*However as this event is not-for-profit, your contribution to travel is enormously appreciated.
- Networking and promotion opportunity for your cause, to companies in London, who are joining our network and its events
- A unique learning and mentoring experience
- Back-of-room sales/testing opportunity for any products, services, apps or books you have published, related to accessibility. Please bring them along!
*Please note that as the hackathon is a local event, accommodation for this event will not be provided.
If you'd like to get involved, we'd love to hear from you! Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a mentor/expert at our two-day hackathon event. You can also make a recommendation.
Please fill out this brief application form so we can get a sense of who you are and why you'd make a fantastic Mentor!