How To Run A Jam


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What this guide is

This is a guide intended for anyone who's ever said "I want to run a Jam - what do I do to make it happen?" This guide will take you through the "I think a Jam sounds like a great idea" phase all the way through planning, getting resources for, running, and following-up on a Jam. The entire process takes between 3 weeks and 3 months to plan, depending on your timescale and the scope of your Jam. We've written this specifically OLPC-focused Jams, but it is probably an applicable resource to other kinds of open hackathons.

In the spirit of openness and collaboration, please hack this manual. Borrow it, modify it, steal it, edit it, and make it better in any way you can.

--Brian Jordan and Mel Chua, June 2008

Who this guide is for

Table of contents

You can choose to go through the materials in this guide in any of 3 different ways, though we suggest reading the Step by step guide first, then plotting out a Suggested timeline and following it while referring to Resources as needed.

Suggested timeline

For a time-based breakdown of tasks, see the resources in this section; this is where to go to find out what to do 1 month in advance, 2 weeks in advance, 2 days in advance, 1 day after, and so on.

Step by step

This section covers everything in detail, but without a timeline. These are the various topics and subtopics you'll have to deal with when running a Jam.


This is a quick reference to templates and resources used throughout this guide.

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