For a while, I was really into hack-a-thons. I’ve participated in about 6-7 of them, and won 3. I won two back-to-back on the same formula, and now realize hack-a-thons are essentially won the same way.
- Most hack-a-thons are looking for web sites or “Apps” that are really re-packaged websites. Learn NodeJS + CSS + Angular, or you won’t stand a chance. Even if you’re doing an “IoT” hack, you’ll use NCA someplace in the solution.
- Forget your coders — get a good designer. Designers can complete their work in a day, coders can’t. Hack-a-thons are business plan competitions + design more than code.
- The presentation is everything. You code only enough to show screenshots in your presentation and play with for 5 minutes. No Judge is going to fully use the app.
For anyone else entering a hack-a-thon, good luck!