How to Prepare for a Hackathon

How to Prepare for a Hackathon

How to Prepare for a Hackathon

While you can always show up at a hackathon and have the best time, there are better ways to make the most out of the events you can find here on Angel Hack. Preparing for a hackathon will help you achieve more during the event and bring even more home. There are a few simple things you can do to help prepare yourself for a hackathon and we are going to review them in this article.

Set Goals to Achieve

The most successful hackathon participants – whether it is an individual participant or a team – are the ones that achieve their goals at the end of the event. There are a lot of goals you can set for yourself. You can aim to solve a particular issue you’re having or develop a solution to others’ problems. You can also set course to learning new programming tricks and secrets during the event.

Winning the hackathon itself is exciting. Most events offer prizes and rewards for teams that can come up with the most original app or solution. Others reward achievements in solving problems and other traits. The prizes can be lucrative too, so there is nothing wrong with trying to win them.

Prepare Supporting Infrastructure

While most hackathons provide you with the resources you need to develop your solution, it is also necessary to stick to what you know and prepare your own supporting infrastructure. Some of the most successful hackathon teams in the past used VPS or even dedicated servers from companies like to help them create a suitable development environment.

For a successful hack, it is also necessary to stick to what you and other team members know. While you can explore new technologies and learn about programming languages, developing a complete solution is something best done on familiar stacks.

Have a Team Organizer

During the hackathon itself, you’ll be switching between several roles several times. You may start with an idea. A few moments later, you’re busy coding the solution and testing elements of it. Later, you’re making a presentation and actually presenting your team’s concept to the judges.

Unless you are absolutely sure the entire team can work together like clockwork, it is best to have someone who knows how to organise things as part of the team. One person can act as the gatekeeper, directing other members to the tasks they have to complete.

It is even better if the gatekeeper is also the person who is doing the presentation, since he or she can spend the time working on the presentation while others complete the hack. It’s a great way to streamline the entire process and save a lot of time.

Have Fun!

Last but not least, always enter the hackathon to have fun. You can be as competitive as you want and try to push hard during the event, but a successful hack is not always about winning. It’s about getting together with some of your best friends and trying to complete a hack together. After all, what’s the point of joining a hackathon if you don’t have a bit of a laugh every now and then?