The Importance of Giving Back – Hack Manchester

It was Aristotle that said;

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”

Giving back to the community isn’t a new concept. Volunteering shapes our communities and our lives.

For the past two weekends, we’ve been volunteering our time to help out at Hack Manchester. Possibly the biggest hackathon in the UK, Hack Manchester hosts a junior and senior event, spaced out over two weekends in October. We spent our time mentoring, volunteering and judging to get the most out of the event. We were also headline sponsor.

Our ethos is at the core of who we are, and gives the biggest explanation as to why we spend so much of our time volunteering;

“Working together to positively impact our employees, community and customers through a culture of learning, growth and innovation”.

Hackathons are a great way to help budding developers learn something new, and for us, being able to share our own knowledge with others can have a big impact on attendees and ourselves. We also get to meet new people and it’s actually great for mental health.

Seeing innovative projects from passionate attendees at both the Hack Junior and Hack Senior events means that we learn something from the experience, too. The feeling of giving something back to the community, and helping others succeed brings fulfilment to our lives. We don’t know where we’d be without it.

Hackworks published a page which gives a great explanation on the benefits of hackathons;

“Hackathons are proving grounds for new ideas. They’re especially good tools to stimulate the creative and problem-solving juices of developers. Unlike their day jobs where risk-taking may be frowned upon, in a hackathon there is a low cost of failure.”

The reason we love Hack Manchester so much, and hackathons in general, is because we love what they’re about. The whole event is about helping others. Whether it be developing their skills, helping them gain more knowledge, or even a chance to meet other like-minded people who just want to improve. The organisers show passion, give attendees an environment to create innovative ideas, and they get to socialise too. The Balance Small Business sums up the benefits of volunteering perfectly;

  1. To build a community
  2. To increase socialising
  3. To develop emotional stability
  4. To improve self-esteem
  5. To help those affected by mental illness

We’re constantly increasing our volunteering opportunities, so why don’t you join us, and find an area where you can help others?.

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