Designers have been turned off from hackathons and Startup Weekends. They feel used. The best hackathons have a healthy 30% showing of designers. As good design (both functional and visual) becomes increasingly important, the developers and marketing folks that go to hackathons and Startup Weekends don’t stand a chance without some design skills on their team. Long term, your event will fail too without designers.
Here’s how to get more designers to come to your hackathon.