Best Practices for In-Person Hackathons and Online Software Challenges

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Best practices for using software competitions to promote platforms (e.g. APIs, SDKs and Open Data), raise awareness for causes, recruit top talent and uncover new ideas.

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Best Practices for In-Person Hackathons and Online Software Challenges

  1. 1. Software Competitions: Hackathons & Challenges ! Role & Expectations for Each ! Best Practices ! How We Help ! Q & A
  2. 2. In-Person VS Online Hackathons Challenges Ideas & Prototypes Products Local Global Feedback & Testing Implementation Recruitment Partnerships Fun Work Newbies Pros Networking Existing Teams
  3. 3. What Makes a Hackathon Awesome? ! Meaningful Theme ! Clear and Appropriate Expectations ! IP Stays With Developers (or open source) ! Featured APIs & Data Remain Available ! Cool Venue ! Leverage Existing Communities
  4. 4. What Makes a Hackathon Awesome (cont’d)? ! Unique Prizes ! Convenient Timing ! Platform to Communicate & Showcase ! Sponsorship Tiers & Practical Demos ! Helpful Mentors & Organizers
  5. 5. What Makes a Hackathon Awesome (cont’d)? ! Ample Internet & Power Outlets ! Healthy, Tasty & Plentiful Catering ! Demo Coaching ! Functional Audio & Video ! Winner Promotion & Next Steps
  6. 6. What Makes an Online Challenge Awesome? ! Developer Program Ready for Primetime ! Guidance on What to Build and Why ! Online Presence Informs & Engages ! Ample Time for Outreach & Polished Product Development (~3-4 months)
  7. 7. What Makes an Online Challenge Awesome (cont’d)? ! Compelling Prizes ! High Profile & Engaged Judges ! Conversational Promotion ! Ongoing Support
  8. 8. We engage software developers through online challenges and in-person hackathons. Platform to Communicate & Showcase Global Marketing & 400,000+ Support Community Services
  9. 9. Our Customers
  10. 10. Questions? Brian Koles | Brian@ChallengePost.com | 212-675-6164

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