Hacking Hackathons for Non-technical Hackers
How to win hackathons as well as learn something, even for the non-technical ...
Do I know anything about
Hackathons?
• Yes

• I’ve competed in or advised teams for
about 10 hackathons in last 4 years

•...
Projects I have worked on or
advised
• Encrypted Twitter Client

• Hardcopy Facebook mailer for the non-
technical

• ATT ...
There is no perfect size or
team makeup
Teams range in size and technical skill

Smallest team size = 1 person

Largest te...
Strategize for the Sponsors
• Know the primary sponsors

• Target their API’s 

• Use the personal help they provide

• As...
What you need
Project management

Strategy for Sponsors, API’s, and Prizes

Design the workflow for the project

Code a wor...
GREAT PRESENTATIONS
DANG IT!!!
Write a script

Practice, and Practice, and Practice

Be FAST

	 2/3rds of the allotted tim...
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Sxsw Preliminary Panel How to Hack hack hackathons for non-technical hackers

  1. 1. Hacking Hackathons for Non-technical Hackers How to win hackathons as well as learn something, even for the non-technical hackathoner. Sample Presentation for SXSW Interactive Panel Picker Final Presentation will have more info
  2. 2. Do I know anything about Hackathons? • Yes • I’ve competed in or advised teams for about 10 hackathons in last 4 years • Various sizes, technology, and industry focus. • Last three won prizes. Placeholder Boston Hackathon Sample Presentation for SXSW Interactive Panel Picker Final Presentation will have more info
  3. 3. Projects I have worked on or advised • Encrypted Twitter Client • Hardcopy Facebook mailer for the non- technical • ATT Uverse integration with Social media • Interactive TV and mobile phone integration • Beacon triangulation for location tracking and text-to-speech guidance indoors • TV and Travel mobile interactive app • “AirBnB for Adult/Fetish Parties” Placeholder Boston Hackathon Sample Presentation for SXSW Interactive Panel Picker Final Presentation will have more info
  4. 4. There is no perfect size or team makeup Teams range in size and technical skill Smallest team size = 1 person Largest team size = 8 people Winning teams = 2, 4, and 7 people per team From 0 developers to 4 developers Sample Presentation for SXSW Interactive Panel Picker Final Presentation will have more info
  5. 5. Strategize for the Sponsors • Know the primary sponsors • Target their API’s • Use the personal help they provide • Ask questions, even if you think you don’t need to • Check what prizes you want to ‘compete’ in and use those API’s somehow • Winning begets winning Sample Presentation for SXSW Interactive Panel Picker Final Presentation will have more info
  6. 6. What you need Project management Strategy for Sponsors, API’s, and Prizes Design the workflow for the project Code a working example Social Media for Hackathons targeting public interaction GREAT PRESENTATIONS DANG IT!!! Sample Presentation for SXSW Interactive Panel Picker Final Presentation will have more info
  7. 7. GREAT PRESENTATIONS DANG IT!!! Write a script Practice, and Practice, and Practice Be FAST 2/3rds of the allotted time at most in practice Get a Lead speaker, but feel free to add others. Walk Through the real world use case. Sample Presentation for SXSW Interactive Panel Picker Final Presentation will have more info

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