Perth Salesforce NFP Hackathon 2020

The Inspiration

2018 saw the Brisbane Trailblazer Community Groups came together and hack some of these challenges at Australia’s first-ever Salesforce Hackathon.

2019 saw the New Delhi, IN Nonprofit Group take pride to welcome all trailblazers to India’s first Not-For-Profit Hackathon.

2020 saw the world had a “little” disruption but it’s Perth’s turn. Perth Salesforce NFP Hackathon 2020 was next.

With being the most isolated city in the world and strong protocols in place, the impacts of COVID-19 have less than many other places. The protocols include a “hard border” which creates a stronger reliance on our local Ohana. Events like this one, are created to develop the local skills and experience.

The intention is to trial the “hands on” learning style of hackathons, while helping the local communities. If we receive positive feedback, we will schedule future events following a similar format. For this event, we will request topics from local Not For Profit organisations who are current users of Salesforce. The outputs of this event are intended to be working prototypes, to improve the understanding of options, rather than creating a production ready solution.


Salesforce Perth Hackathon – NFP 2020 Schedule

Saturday 26 Sept

08:30 Doors open (Arrive and get coffee)

09:00 Introductions, Themes and Team Formation

10:00 Start Building

16:30 Close up

Sunday 27 Sept

09:00 Doors open (Resume building)

15:00 Stop building

15:15 Demonstrations and discussion (in conjunction with the Perth Salesforce Developer Meeting)

16:30 Finished.


Register at Eventbrite.


Important Notes

  • This is to be free and fun. The intent is to learn, teach and help. All plans are subject to change. If something isn’t working, we may adapt.
  • There is an expectation that you are able to contribute to a team with business, design or technical skills. If you are unsure, jump on Trailhead before the event.
  • The demonstration is intended to be a working prototype but the important part is the learning. If it’s not working, we will have more to talk about. No more than 10 minutes and 10 slides.
  • Only free and trial licences are to be used over the weekend, with a preference to using NPSP. The solutions will be provided to the NFP participants. Access to the prototypes will be restricted after the demonstration.
  • There might be prizes but there might not. There will be swag giveaways.
  • No badges. This is no a sales opportunity.
  • If you are participating, it’s mandatory to register for the event.
  • You are requested to bring your own laptop, you’ll be part of the team designing/implementing the solution. You can bring additional equipment (such as monitors)  but you are responsible for your belongings and they will not be stored overnight.
  • A working location, WIFI and power connections will be supplied.
  • The venue has free parking and a cafe in the building.
  • It’s a family friendly event. You can bring children however please be considerate of others.


Post Event Update

Our learnings were:

  • Location was great. Enough space, wifi, power and caffeine to be effective.
  • The timing worked well.
  • Printing each of the problem statements would have helped the groups.
  • Not having the NFPs onsite stopped development getting stuck on exceptions however reduced buy in after the event.
  • Some problems needed trial licences that weren’t available on weekends
  • Most people who registered attended. The weekend selected was the AFL Grand Final weekend so some were unavailable due to sport events.
  • Agreed to have another one in November to help small businesses.
  • The weekend worked well but the next time, the problems are sent at the start of the week and have a one day event.