Last Sunday we had our first .impact Workathon, an event focused on getting people together to get Effective-Altruist-oriented work done. A group in San Francisco worked at App Academy, and the rest worked remotely. We had approximately 15 people show up in total.
Overall people seemed to like it a lot. We decided to schedule another one this coming Sunday. We'll try holding these weekly or bi-weekly. We will experiment with other meetings happening during the workathons; that way people know to expect that all online events and activity will happen within a standard time frame. The workathon may become a period of time for people to both do work, and on occasion attend online meetings to discuss projects. We'll begin this with a Deep Dive on Effective Altruism Policy Analysis that will also happen on this coming Sunday during that time frame.
We have a pretty long hackpad of all the work done, videos from the event (setup and checkin), the event template, event feedback (goods, bads, etc), and some of the original activities we considered.
If you have been considering working on something, or are interested in advising other projects, we invite you to come along! We also think this could be a good format for other groups thinking of ways to have group activities that are both fun and productive.