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How to Win Hackathon - SheHacks 2015

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Presentation delivered on May 8, 2015 at the Sydney "She Hacks" Hackathon at Google.

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How to Win Hackathon - SheHacks 2015

  1. 1. HOW TO WIN HACKATHON BASED PURELY ON YOUR POWERS OF PERSUASION
  2. 2. MY HACKATHON TEAMS Team Sarcastic Pig, People’s Choice Winners, August 2013 Which Blockhead Are You?, Most Commercially Viable, March 2014 Couchfit, Design Award, September 2014
  3. 3. YOUR HACK IS IRRELEVANT
  4. 4. YOUR HACK IS IRRELEVANT (MOSTLY)
  5. 5. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PITCH
  6. 6. “In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman.” - David Ogilvy THE IMPORTANCE OF SELLING
  7. 7. 1 2 34 PLAN PRACTICE LOTS STOP EARLY DON’T BREAK STUFF BUILD ONLY WHAT’S NEEDED 5 PRESENT AND SELL LAY THE GROUNDWORK YOUR HACKATHON PLAN
  8. 8. 1. PLAN WHO ARE THE JUDGES? You’ve got limited time. Use it wisely! KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE ENVISION THE IDEAL DEMO WORK BACKWARDS FROM THERE
  9. 9. 2. BUILD MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT THINK MVP Photo by Pratul Kalia
  10. 10. AT LEAST 1 HOUR 3. STOP EARLY DON’T BREAK STUFF Photo by Lynn Kelley Author
  11. 11. MAKE IT MEMORABLE YOUR PITCH Photo by JJ 4. PRACTICE LOTS
  12. 12. 4. PRACTICE LOTS S H A R P STORIES HUMOUR ANALOGIES REFERENCES PICTURES
  13. 13. 4. PRACTICE LOTS Photos by umjanedoan, Earls37a, Michael Dunn, Sybren Stüvel, Alexey Kljatov, and Marsh Gardiner.
  14. 14. INFORM WOW 5. PRESENT Don’t forget to leave time for questions!
  15. 15. 1 2 34 PLAN PRACTICE LOTS STOP EARLY DON’T BREAK STUFF BUILD ONLY WHAT’S NEEDED 5 PRESENT AND SELL LAY THE GROUNDWORK YOUR HACKATHON PLAN
  16. 16. OTHER RESOURCES SPEAKING.IO TECHSPEAK.EMAIL TOASTMASTERS DAMIANCONWAY.ORG/IBP.PDF Don’t forget local tech events need speakers too! SYDCSS IN JUNE
  17. 17. THANK YOU HTTP://WWW.KRISHOWARD.ORG/

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