Welcome to the Virtual #CommHacks

Welcome to the Virtual #CommHacks

1% of Doers

Congratulations! You’re part of the first-ever virtual hackathon specifically geared for communications professionals— from PR pro to blogger to journalist. You DO NOT need to have a web developer skill set to participate.

This hackathon runs from Thursday, May 2, 2013 through Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 10pm PDT (deadline extended from the 12th!) and will take place via open social collaboration platform Tracky (@Tracky).

We are looking for the best #workhacks you, or your team, created that either simplify or improve frequently used tasks by communications professionals.

For example, here is a sample appropriate entry: Streamline the ability to monitor and respond to comments of news articles you (or a client) are mentioned in via your smartphone.

There are two ways you can join in the #CommHacks:

  1. Use Tracky to create an improved #workhack or work flow that improves a current communications task;
  2. Use a combination of other communications resources or APIs to improve a current communications task. (NOTE: If you use another product’s API, please ensure they have an Open Source License.)

To Submit

Either way, the point of this hackathon is to improve the communications industry and make work a bit more efficient.

You can submit #workhacks for one, or more, of these “Areas of Need:”

  1. News
  2. Community relations
  3. Government relations
  4. Media relations
  5. Content marketing
  6. Editorial calendars
  7. Monitoring
  8. SEO
  9. Social networks
  10. Overall communications (e.g. internal, email)
  11. Wild card

On Sunday, May 12th at 10pm Pacific Daylight Time, entries will be closed. Then, the Tracky team will select our top 20 to 30 favorite #workhacks. These 20 will then be shared for a public voting process from Thurday, May 23, 2013 through Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Tuesday, May 14th to Monday, May 20th. Once voting ends, the winners will be announced via a blog post on the Tracky blog on Thursday, May 30, 2013 Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

The #workhacks submitted will be judged by:

  • Originality: How original is this solution compared to other products and platforms already available? The submission should provide a unique approach to solving the problem.
  • Usefulness: Does the application allow individuals to access useful and relevant information?
  • Impact: What is the potential for the submission to drive immediate real world impact?
  • Functionality: Working functionality of the application.
  • Design / User Experience: How intuitive is use of the Solution? Accessibility: How accessible is your #workhack?

Ready to submit? Let's do this!

Q&A

Q: Who can join in the #CommHacks?

A: Anyone who understands the tasks and workflow related to being a communications professional. Yes, you can lean on your IT or web team to assist with your submission(s).

Q: How do I participate in the #CommHacks?

A: The good news is that you can submit as many entries as you’d like.

Q: What doesn’t count?

A: We’re running this contest with the honor system in play. That said, copying and pasting IFTTT recipes (unless of course, it’s something you created) should be avoided. We’re looking for unique and useful #workhacks that come from you and/or your team.

Become (More) Internet Famous

An e-book of all top #workhacks from the #CommHacks will be made available shortly following the announcement of the winners and will be shared industry-wide.

We’ve Got Prizes!


GRAND PRIZE, 1st PLACE:
  • Black or White 16 GB, Wi-Fi iPad Mini (Tracky)
  • 250 @Postagram credits
  • Featured in #CommHacks results e-book
  • Blog post promoting your #workhack on the @Tracky blog
  • Mention from @PRsarahevans and @journchat Twitter accounts
2nd PLACE:
  • $25 iTunes gift card (Sarah’s Faves)
  • 50 @Postagram credits
  • Featured in #CommHacks results e-book
  • Blog post promoting your #workhack on the @Tracky blog
  • Mention from @PRsarahevans and @journchat Twitter accounts
3rd PLACE:
  • 50 @Postagram credits
  • Featured in #CommHacks results e-book
  • Blog post promoting your #workhack on the @Tracky blog
  • Mention from @PRsarahevans and @journchat Twitter accounts
4th PLACE:
  • 50 @Postagram credits
  • Featured in #CommHacks results e-book
  • Blog post promoting your #workhack on the @Tracky blog
  • Mention from @PRsarahevans and @journchat Twitter accounts
5th PLACE:
  • 50 @Postagram credits
  • Featured in #CommHacks results e-book
  • Blog post promoting your #workhack on the @Tracky blog
  • Mention from @PRsarahevans and @journchat Twitter accounts

Thank you to our sponsors!

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