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This was the presentation I did at my local hackathon where I talked about how to prepare and stay focused at a hackathon.

This was the presentation I did at my local hackathon where I talked about how to prepare and stay focused at a hackathon.

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  • Cereal Hackathon 411 and Prototyping
  • Topics to be covered 1. Who the heck are you? 2. Getting Pumped! 3. Its my first time... 4. How to prepare for the hackathon 5. Thinking of an idea 6. You are not the boss of me! 7. But I am not a programmer! 8. I am freaking out man, its too hard! 9. Baby steps...10. Test, test, and then do more testing11. So the hackathon is over... Now what?12. No ones perfect...13. Questions?
  • Who the heck are you?1. Freelance web developer2. Indie game developer3. Organizer of game dev meetups and Game Jams4. Podcaster5. Entrepreneur
  • Getting Pumped!
  • Its my first time... I am nervous... Will it hurt? How do I get prepared? What if I am not good enough?How do I know if I am doing it right? I am only good at doing one thing... Can I just look like I am trying?
  • How to prepare for the hackathon 1. All tools setup and ready to go, super important! 2. Come with an idea 3. Expect to work alone 4. Low expectations 5. Motivated 6. Clear mind (dont over think) 7. Well rested 8. No huge egos (get over yourself bro) 9. Willingness to try and do anything10. socialize and come out of your shell!11. Having contact info ready to go
  • Thinking of an idea1. Follow a theme2. Try and solve a personal problem3. Try and solve a friends problem4. Try and solve an existing problem5. Go outside and take a walk...6. Search google for ideas (startup ideas)7. Go with the first thing that comes to mind!8. Write down your dreams9. Use evernote!
  • You are not the boss of me!1. Without order there is chaos!2. Pick a leader, my god pick a leader!3. Yay for democracy!4. Divide and conquer!
  • But I am not a programmer!1. Product design2. Business model3. Marketing strategy4. Distribution model5. Landing page6. Leadership7. Etc...
  • I am freaking out man, its too hard!1. Are you following the theme?2. Focus on the core mechanic3. Quality is not important4. Dont think, just do5. If the idea doesnt work then pivot6. Stop setting up your tools!7. Dont spend entire time socializing8. Is your team focused?9. KISS
  • Baby steps...1. Slow down bro... You are going to fast!2. Milestones are the key to success3. Start extremely small and iterate like no ones business!!!4. Fail fast.5. Rome wasnt built in a day...
  • Test, test, and then do more testingTest, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test,test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test,test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test,test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test,test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test,test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test,test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test, test,test, test, test, test, and then more testing!
  • So the hackathon is over... Now what?
  • Links to check out! 1. Techcrunch.com 2. pandodaily.com 3. inc.com 4. techcocktail.com 5. gigaom.com 6. mashable.com 7. entrepreneur.com/ 8. news.ycombinator.com/ 9. readwriteweb.com10. venturebeat.com11. reddit.com/r/startups/
  • No ones perfect...
  • Questions?
  • MY CONTACT INFOTwitter: @retrogamer4everG+: Joseph BurchettMeetup: meetup.com/gamedeveloperPodcast: gamedevradio.netStartup: pummelhead.com (ITS IN ALPHA STILLAND MOBILE VERSION COMING SOON!)