Recently, a client asked me to photograph a hackathon. A hackathon is a software development competition typically lasting 24 hours. The event is demanding and requires intense focus, mental stamina, and…sitting. A lot of sitting. So how would a photographer make a sedentary event interesting? Focus on the people. What motivates a person to be at an event in the first place is often the most interesting. Early conversations with the client enabled me to identify what motivated participants to attend, and ultimately flesh out a set of aspects to the event that told an engaging story to the viewer. This event was much more than people in a room sitting at their computers. It’s about a group of intelligent, like minded individuals getting together to ponder challenges and solve interesting problems. It’s about collaboration, mentor-ship, and learning. And it’s also about persevering through to find a solution. Below are a collection of images that helped tell the story of the event, each one focused on a particular aspect.