Imran's personal blog

August 10, 2015

How to Win Hack-a-thons

Filed under: Uncategorized — ipeerbhai @ 2:44 pm

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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