Webinar: How Hackathons Unleash Event Conversations, Connections

Date: March 5, 2019
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. Central Time

At Convening Leaders ’19, Jamie Murdock & Donna Kastner facilitated a hackathon that earned rave reviews, not just from the 40 people who participated, but from many others who observed from the sidelines. In this webinar, Jamie and Donna will open their design playbooks, revealing tips to help you explore if it’s a fit for your audience and if so, next steps to create a hackathon that unleashes richer and more rewarding event guest experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define hackathons, within the context of events, detailing how they differ from other traditional brainstorming models.
  • Describe how the principle of “beautiful chaos” serves as a catalyst for innovation exchanges.
  • Explain how the Question Burst model is used to help teams get clarity and traction on finding breakthrough ideas.


1.0 Clock Hour
Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Presenter: Donna Kastner
Having spent a good portion of her career as an event experience design consultant, Donna’s now building a dynamic collaboration community for executives age 55+ who are striving to make a smooth segue from full-time job to part-time consulting gig. With Retirepreneur.com, Donna’s championing a movement to help others design flexible and fulfilling encore careers.



Presenter: Jamie Murdock
Murdock is VP of Sales at Experient. He is passionate about inspiring his team to be curious and encourages collaboration across all departments. He holds a BS in Business from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. Prior to Experient, Jamie led the national sales team for Disney Destinations. He also held leadership roles at Hyatt, and Gaylord Hotels, where he was recognized as the Sales Person of the Year and received its CEO’s Leadership Excellence Award. Most recently he was awarded Citizen of the Year by Experient and named one of the Top 500 People in Events by BizBash.

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