• Reapra Tech – Hackathon

What can you Learn outside comfort zones in 3 Days? A Looot!

Reapra Tech Hackathon Vietnam

Worth of Learning By Doing Technology + UX process + Business Model (Full of surprises).

We start the event with panel discussion and Q&A to discuss about what problem worth solving. Some also have team up to do user research and get to know each other prior to the event. Meeting team members early on help to ease their anxiety and give confidence boost.

With a little planning, we can be more productive and having fun in the process!

WHY?

Technology and User Experience (UX) keep on evolving. A lot of user behaviour have changed rapidly. We need to Learn FAST to contribute and communicate in rapid-changing world in promising Market.

FULL OF SURPRISES!

Expect the unexpected. A lot of team need to pivot their ideas after they figured it out that it doesn’t meet user needs. A lot of hypothesis are not true (imagine spending 6 months to build something nobody wants!), and require extra research.

Innovation: Is it an amazing new opportunity?

Business Value: Does it create value, solve problems, and fill the gap?

User Experience: Does it easy to use and delightful?

WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED

– In Only 60 Hours +

1. Learning By Doing : Engineers, HR, Product Managers, QA, and plenty of rockstars – even though they are “Shy” force themselves to get out of their comfort zones and meet at least a few people along the ways.

2. Mastery in Entrepreneurship : Started with an idea that discussed well and passionate in the field they are interested in. Having a mentor in the team is super helpful, we always try to learn from different perspectives so we can build cohesive work. It’s good to treat every project as a potential business opportunity.

3. Expanding the Universe : Surprisingly common that some members think their skills are normal and they won’t be able to make meaningful contribution to the team. However, that’s why we are doing these together, to fill each other strength and weaknesses, to expand our universe beyond our job scope.

4. Managing Emotions : You learn to manage the tasks, share the workload, and get along in a stressful environment with limited resources. Sometimes the business model sucks, things don’t work out, your teammate is tired or frustrated. Going through this experience together let you manage emotions for long-term.

5. Communication : “What do you think about this idea?” “How can I start the code development?” – The situations forces you to be open and share what you are thinking and doing. Communicate often and improve skills in lively discussion!

6. Time Management : Various skill levels will likely be jumping in and build something together. If we spend a lot of time on product development – as long as we are considering the time that it takes to do – we can learn about time management.

7. Leadership Mindset : Everyone is open to learning, engage in lively discussion and take leadership of their idea. Having someone who understood the end goal, and the means to reach it, overseeing the project contributed to our success.

FINAL THOUGHTS (RETROSPECTIVE)

Beyond the knowledge and experience, we practice the emphasised of a good Learning By Doing.

We love challenges that can make us better. The great works and learning are the highest rewards, the prizes are the extra bonuses, and the event itself is an excitement! 💡

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Date: February 15, 2019

Category: Business Innovation