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Unleash the Beast: How to Rock a Hackathon, Save the World and Make Your Parents Proud
Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)
New York, United States
Unleash the Beast: How to Hack a Hackathon, Save the World and Make Your Parents Proud
Marianne Bellotti (Hackathon vet, 5-time hackathon winner, Developer and Prototype Engineer)
Christopher Kennedy (Hackathon vet - winner of numerous hackathons including Tech Crunch, web developer, UX designer and front-end developer)
- Feed the Beast: a brief overview of the evolutuion of hackthons ♦ what are the various types of hackathons ♦ what's driving this worldwide insatiable thirst for innovation at hackathons and what threatens to destroy that spirit of innovation? ♦ which are the most successful hackathons? ♦ the elements of a successful hackathon ♦ who are the best hackers winning hackathons and what's their secret? ♦ which technology is dominating hackathons? ♦ how to choose the best hackathons (what to look for, what to avoid) ♦ what is it really like in the trenches of a hackathon?;
- The Cast of Characters: Developers, entrepreneurs, designers, judges, organizers, sponsors, mentors, assorted staff, gawkers and even press... who's who at hackathons and how they all interact with each other to create an innovative experience;
- What to Expect When Hacking: a detailed step-by-step breakdown of every phase of the hackathon (from registration, to presentation)
- Strategy and Execution: what to hack? ♦ how to hack it? ♦ with whom to hack? ♦ how to measure expectations versus reality (setting realistic goals during the hackathon) ♦ how to formulate and execute a winning strategy ♦ how to pivot to Plan B when your first strategy falls flat;
- Hacketiquette - don't be THAT guy/girl (the one that no one wants to hack with) ♦ the interpersonal politics of hacking with a group of strangers, presenting for judges and getting along with everyone ♦ how to handle (and avoid) hackathon wannabes, psychos and sicophants ♦ what to do and what NOT to do;
- Teammate Hookups: choosing teammates wisely ♦ discerning the hardcore, respected players from the opportunists and the posers ♦ what do other teammates expect of you and what you should expect of them;
- Time Management: how to size up and break down the work to be done on your idea ♦ how to time-manage your team ♦ tips on how to stay focused in the midst of relentless distractions ♦ techniques to get you through two days without sleep at a hackathon;
- The ABCs of APIs: when it comes to APIs, you think you know, but you have no idea... ♦ not all APIs are created equally - what to look for and how to work through technical problems ♦ how to interact with API reps to gain the most insight into their platforms;
- Rock the Mic: what are the crucial elements of a winning presentation ♦ how do you convey your apps' relevance, functionality and techinical expertice like a pro? ♦ what are the crucial elements of a winning presentation? What do the judges look for? How handle audience questions about your technology ♦ Presentation mishaps to avoid;
- Investors, Business Models and Shameless Self-Promotion: what are investors looking for at hackathons? ♦ what are companies looking for (talent, ideas, cheap labor?) ♦ how to effectively and tactifully promote your participation at hackathons.
Looking for the competitive edge? Designed for non-technical innovators (entrepreneurs, marketing and biz dev people) who want a insider-understanding of hackathons and startup competitions.
Innovators will learn how to compete like the hacker pros, how to build meaningful partnerships and how to maximize the opportunities from participating in a hackathon. Participants will receive a thorough understanding of the hackathon ecosystem and actionable information and strategies for navigating it confidently and effectively. Unleash your innovation beast!
Marianne Bellotti (@bellmar) is a hackathon vet, having attended Photo Hack Day I & II, API Hack Day I & II, Hackday.tv, GDI Hackathon in the Hamptons for Humanity, Startup Weekend NYC, Meetup's Battle of the Braces among other events, winning thousands of dollars in prizes.
Christopher Kennedy (@KennedysGarage), is a New York City based Professional Hacker. He got his start in the hackathon world when he was on the 2011 Startup Bus. He is currently working on his latest startup Status Chart, which is the simplest way for the tech community to track and share their professional milestones.
He also works with 48HOURapps as a mobile designer and is UX Strategist for ArcTap. Recently, his team PoachBase won second place at the most anticipated hackathon of the year, TechCrunch. Kennedy was recently named one of Betabeat's Most Poachable Players in Tech and one of the most respected web designers/developers in the business.
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