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Sxsw Preliminary Panel How to Hack hack hackathons for non-technical hackers

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How to Hack Hackathons for non-technical Hackers.

SXSW Panel Picker preliminary presentation to be added to should the panel get accepted.


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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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