Great article! But I really wish the hackathon community would stop glorifying sleep deprivation. It’s totally possible to get a full night of sleep and still win a hackathon (I did, and you can read more about my experience at AngelHackSF here: https://medium.com/@lmmharriman/why-hackathons-need-fewer-hackers-1ee618ca67c1)
To learn more about Civic Hacking in Silicon Valley, I highly recommend checking out Code for SF’s meetup (https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-San-Francisco-Civic-Hack-Night/) and Code for San Jose’s Medium post (https://medium.com/code-for-america/hack-nights-are-a-civic-good-86986cc7f0d3).
For readers that don’t code, I’d echo Gwendolyn Faraday’s words highly encouraging you to still go to hackathons (project management and mediating team disputes is #clutch). But, if you’d prefer a hackathon where you’d be navigating legal policy instead of code bugs, Startup Policy Labs in SF will be hosting an Electiontech Hackathon in voting technologies in the coming months, including a track for hacking policy (https://www.getsummit.org/summit-info-1/#summit-info).