Getting Ready for a Hackathon

Three or four times a year I take part in hackathons for various reasons such as networking, learning new technical skills and getting new ideas on things to work on. Every time I go to a hackathon I have a list of things that I do to get ready and I thought I’d share them with you today.

Personal Checklist:

  • Water
  • Clothes (single day/multiple days)
  • Sleeping Bag/Pillow (if overnight)
  • Advil/Tylenol
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Business Cards

Hardware Checklist:

  • Laptop and Charger
  • Phone and Charger
  • Projector Adapter
  • Headphones
  • Pens/Pencils and Paper
  • Keyboard and Mouse

Software Checklist:

  • Technical Stack (VM’s, local machine, favourite programming language)
  • Github Repository
  • Domain Name (or at least a registrar you’re familiar with)
  • Server (Heroku/Webfaction)
  • Any SDK’s or Frameworks installed
  • Agreed upon standard tools (IRC, Editor, Trello, etc…)

Idea Checklist:

  • Basic Idea
  • Knowledge of any needed APIs
  • Checklist of Features

I’ve shown up with just a laptop and a charger before and still placed relatively high. Planning before hand just gives you that little extra advantage over the other people there. What tools/things do you bring to a hackathon?

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