Miami Hack Week Portal

Project Overview


Miami Hack Week is one of the largest federated hackathons in the country. Attracting up to 3,000 attendees during each iteration, it is a substantial gathering of the tech community. The event operates under the financial support of The Hack Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization. Miami Hack Week encountered significant challenges in managing its registration and communication processes, primarily stemming from the reliance on multiple, segmented tools. This fragmentation led to a range of issues, including inefficiencies in managing the event, data inconsistencies, and communication breakdowns. Consequently, the overall attendee experience was negatively affected, creating hurdles for both organizers and participants. These problems arose due to the lack of a centralized system for handling the event's organizational aspects.


A tailor-made web application was developed to address the challenges faced by Miami Hack Week, offering a comprehensive suite of features such as application management, registration management, sponsor onboarding, registration communication, reporting, and custom intake. This innovative solution led to several notable enhancements, including:

The Client

Miami Hack Week is an impressive event, renowned for being one of the largest federated hackathons in the country. Attracting up to 3,000 attendees during each iteration, it is a substantial gathering of the tech community. The event operates under the financial support of The Hack Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) registered charitable organization. This sponsorship allows Miami Hack Week to maintain its focus on promoting innovation and collaboration in the tech industry.

Spanning an entire week, Miami Hack Week brings together a diverse group of individuals, including developers, designers, and tech enthusiasts, from all corners of the globe. The event serves as a platform for these participants to work together on inventive projects, harnessing their collective creativity and expertise. Through collaboration, they strive to create innovative solutions to real-world problems or explore new ideas in technology.

In addition to fostering this collaborative environment, Miami Hack Week also aims to engage with the local Miami tech community. By providing opportunities for networking, sharing knowledge, and forming partnerships, the event helps to strengthen and grow the regional tech ecosystem. This dynamic interaction contributes to the ongoing development and vibrancy of Miami as a hub for technology and innovation.

The Challenge

Miami Hack Week grappled with obstacles in managing its registration, application, sponsor onboarding, and communication processes, primarily due to relying on several disconnected tools. This fragmentation resulted in numerous issues that impacted the event’s organization, including inefficiencies, data inconsistencies, and communication breakdowns. As a consequence, the overall experience for attendees suffered, posing challenges for both the organizers and the participants involved in the event.

These difficulties stemmed from the absence of a centralized system to handle various organizational aspects of the event. The lack of integration and coordination among the different tools being used complicated the workflow for the Miami Hack Week team, leading to time-consuming manual processes, potential for human errors, and difficulties in tracking critical event-related information.

The disjointed processes also affected communication with attendees, making it hard to deliver timely updates, important information, and support to participants. This fragmentation ultimately hampered the smooth execution that Miami Hack Week aimed to achieve in order to maintain its reputation as a premier hackathon and foster a collaborative and innovative environment.

The Approach

To solve the challenges several key steps were taken to ensure an optimal outcome was achieved. These steps included design and discovery, planning, development and deployment.

1. Design and Discovery:

The first phase of the project is design and discovery. During this phase, we worked closely with the client to gather requirements, understand their objectives and goals, and identify the key features and functionalities that will be required for the web platform. We conducted stakeholder interviews, and user research to understand user needs and workflows. From that, we created wireframes and mock-ups of the platform to help the client visualize the final product.

2. Planning:

Once the design and discovery phase was complete, we consulted and worked with the client to plan and prioritize the development of the web platform. This phase includes creating detailed project plans, identifying the resources needed for the project, and determining the timelines for delivery.

3. Development:

During this phase, our team of developers designed, built, and tested the web platform. We worked in 2 week sprints with regular demos to ensure the client got to consistently provide feedback and review the progress of the product.

4. Deployment:

During this phase, we worked with the client to deploy the web platform to a production environment, and provided training and support to ensure that the client was able to effectively use and maintain the platform. This includes data migration, configuring hosting, and making sure the platform is stable.

The Solution

A custom-designed web application was created to tackle the challenges encountered by Miami Hack Week, providing a comprehensive set of features that aimed to streamline and improve various aspects of the event organization. These features include:

1. Application Management:

The web application offered a centralized platform for handling participant applications, making it easier for organizers to review, approve, or reject submissions. This feature facilitated better organization and tracking of applications, ensuring a more efficient and transparent process for both the Miami Hack Week team and the applicants.

2. Registration Management:

The platform also included a robust registration management system, allowing organizers to effortlessly track attendee information, monitor registration status, and manage event capacity. This feature eliminated the need for manual tracking and enabled the team to focus on more important tasks.

3. Sponsor Onboarding:

The web application provided a streamlined onboarding process for sponsors, making it simpler for them to register their interest, submit their information, and become actively involved in the event. This feature ensured a hassle-free experience for sponsors and helped the organizers manage sponsorship contributions more effectively.

4. Registration Communication:

To enhance communication with attendees, the custom web application incorporated an integrated communication module, enabling the organizers to easily send event updates, important information, and reminders to registered participants. This feature improved the flow of information and reduced the likelihood of miscommunication or delays.

5. Reporting:

The web application also included a powerful reporting feature, allowing organizers to generate real-time reports on various event-related data, such as registration numbers, application statuses, and sponsor contributions. This feature helped the Miami Hack Week team to make data-driven decisions, monitor event progress, and identify areas for improvement.


By incorporating these comprehensive features, the tailor-made web application effectively addressed the challenges faced by Miami Hack Week, resulting in a more seamless, efficient, and organized event management process that benefited organizers, attendees, and sponsors alike. In the 2023 staging, the Miami Hack Week platform processed 25 sponsors, 3400 hacker applications and sent 9000+ emails.

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