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Guide to winning a hackathon

Cb1af1fae773efa19477c50827ebe998?s=47 Cyrus Stoller
September 28, 2012

Guide to winning a hackathon


Cyrus Stoller

September 28, 2012

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  1. by @cyrusstoller from @hazelnutapp guide to winning a hackathon

  2. National Winner – Summer 2012 Boston • New York •

    Seattle • Silicon Valley 900+ Attendees • 250+ Teams GiveGo
  3. Winner – Fall 2012 DoubleYou

  4. Preparation Hacking Challenges

  5. Preparation Build a team Brainstorm ideas Get feedback

  6. Why is your team competing?

  7. <ul class="reasons"> <li class="good"> To win </li> <li class="good" id="hackinghealth">

    Hack for fun </li> <li class="good" id="angelhack"> Stress test relationships </li> <li class="bad"> Build a company </li> </ul>
  8. Picking your idea Is this a real problem? Is this

    the right hackathon? Does everyone agree?
  9. Think Backwards What is being evaluated? What looks impressive? What

    do you want to demo? Finalized your idea?
  10. Is your idea valuable?

  11. Winning hackathons isn’t just about engineering ... ... it’s about

    commercial viability
  12. Hacking Build product Create buzz Get feedback

  13. How should you spend your time?

  14. Business development Back-end engineering Front-end design Video submission Pitch preparation

  15. What did we do?

  16. Front Page of HN 120+ sign ups on Launch Rock

    Deployed on Heroku Stylized pages for our demo Polished screencast Well-practiced pitch
  17. What counts?

  18. Insight Product Business Model

  19. Bonus points

  20. Endorsements Press coverage Polish

  21. What did we do?

  22. HSS of City and County of SF ABC News Compelling

  23. What you need

  24. Real Problem Real Solution Real Traction

  25. Challenges Difference in vision Risk tolerance Business model

  26. Reflect

  27. Did you want to kill each other? Did you disagree

    well? Would you want to hire your teammates? Would they want to hire you? Are you happy with what you built? Can you agree on your next steps?
  28. What did I learn?

  29. Networking matters Ask everyone for feedback Optimize design

  30. P.S.

  31. Lifestyle vs Commercial

  32. The Way Forward

  33. Shameless Plug Are you a designer? We need your help

  34. Thanks contact me @cyrusstoller