Hacker Career Advice

Résumés & Hackathons

Do hackathons belong on your résumé? Yes, without a doubt! While it’s not professional experience, a hackathon project represents hard won lessons in project management, team work, self-education, creativity, and competition.

The hard part is figuring out how and where to include it on your résumé.

My advice is to create a seperate section for hackathons, below your work experience. Include 2–3 relevant hackathon projects and briefly explain what you built, your contributions, any wins or recognition, and link to the Devpost page or demo.

BTW, hackathons are a great source of material when answering those “tell me about a time when…” behavioral interview questions.


© 2018 Neal Shyam