What is a do-a-thon?

Building off the concept of a hackathon, a do-a-thon is a work-sprint where people from different skill sets work together and collaborate on different challenges and projects.

The do-a-thon has three key goals:

1. Focus on doing, rather than hacking.

The do-a-thon's focus is on action. You don't need to be a coder or a designer to participate. Use today to work on campaigns, strategy development, policy changes, resource creation, educating, media-based organizing, and more! We want you to get creative with the approaches you take to create a more open system for sharing the world's information.

2. Explore problems deeply and thoughtfully.

We're asking participants to really understand what the hurdles are in an issue before jumping straight to a solution. We're equipping you with exercises that will help you to better understand the systems — as well as the people these problems affect.

3. Encourage collaboration across skillsets. Build solutions together.

Amazing things can happen when people with a wide variety of skills and experience come together. We want policy makers to talk to educators, librarians to work with web developers, designers to collaborate with researchers, and everything in between. We're excited to see what happens when folks across disciplines and regions pool together their knowledge to imagine something big.