They call it the largest hackathon in the world. It’s been around for 4 years and has visited 72 cities across the globe. It brings developers, designers and entrepreneurs in 65 countries to build, test and launch new ideas over the course of a weekend. It’s no surprise that it’s known as the largest developer ecosystem on the planet. This is AngelHack and it’s coming to Sri Lanka.
Happening for its 9th year, the AngelHack’s 9th Global Hackathon Series is in Colombo this year. It’s open to anyone and everyone with a passion for building amazing things that will change the world. So how does the world’s biggest hackathon work? Let’s take a closer look.
How AngelHack works
It all begins at the Dialog Head Office Auditorium. This is where the teams have approximately 48 hours to Once the hacking period comes to an end, all teams have to submit their projects. Afterward, it’s time for the demos. At the demos, each team needs to give a 3-minute demo of what they have built, without any slides to a panel of judges.
Once all teams have presented their demos, the judges will then have the task of deciding who the winners are. After the winners have been announced, the local hackathon comes to an end. But that is only the beginning. The winning teams will be invited to join AngelHack’s 12 week HACKcelerator program.
At the HACKcelerator program, the teams will receive mentoring to help grow their idea into full-scale businesses. At the end of the HACKcelerator program, the teams will be flown to San Francisco. At San Francisco, the teams will get an additional one week’s training before giving a demo of their upgraded app at the AngelHack Global Demo Day.
The rules of AngelHack
The AngelHack Global Hackathon Series is governed by seven simple rules. Some rules are meant to be broken but if you’re taking part you probably shouldn’t break these.
1.Thou shall only have fresh code in your application
At AngelHack, everyone starts coding at the same time. This is done to keep things fair for everyone. So you can’t walk in and build something on top of your previous projects. The only thing you can work on beforehand are designs, digital mockups, open source frameworks, and anything else available to everyone. Just be careful to keep those within fair limits.
2.Thou shall be subject to a code review
To ensure the previous rule is followed, all winning teams shall be subject to a code review. This would take place following the event or immediately before winning.
3.Thou shall have full ownership and control over your IP
Anything you build at AngelHack belongs to you. You and your team have full control and ownership of whatever you build at the event. As such, you’re free to do anything with what you build as you see fit.
4.Thou shall have a team of five
A team may consist of only five humans. However, teams can bring a cyborg, Furby, drone, or Sphero.
5.Thou shall submit on time
Every individual hackathon as part of this Global Hackathon series will have its own hackathon.io page. This is the place where you will have to submit your project. Your submission must take place after 24 hours of pure hacking.
6.Thou shall demo your hack
You must give a three-minute demo of whatever you’ve built to a panel of judges. You get two minutes to demo your app and then the judges have one minute to ask you questions. Interestingly, slide-decks and PowerPoint presentations are banned here.
7.Thou shall have fun
The rule speaks for itself.
The AngelHack judging process
We have no idea who the judges are and sadly we are not mind readers. So we can’t tell you exactly what you would need to do to win the first AngelHack hackathon in Sri Lanka. But what we can tell you is the official judging criteria, which is close enough and should allow you to plan a successful demo. So what does the official AngelHack judging criteria tell judges to look at? Four very simple yet key things.
- Impact: How impactful will this solution be for its target audience? Is it scalable?
- Creativity: How original is this solution?
- Design: How well designed is this solution, from front end through to UI/UX?
- Execution: How well executed is this solution from start to finish?
Those are the four questions you need to ask yourself as a participant before facing the judging panel at the demo. Don’t worry if your solution is 100% perfect. If your demo doesn’t work, AngelHack’s guidelines recommend that you take the judges through the code. Show them what you did and where you got stuck. In the end, you’re not only pitching an idea but also showing what you’ve learned.
When is AngelHack happening?
AngelHack Colombo begins tomorrow morning at Dialog Head Office Auditorium at 9 AM. The teams will be hacking until 2pm, the next day. Sadly, registrations have closed. However, if you’re interested in knowing what ideas appear at inaugural AngelHack Colombo, fear not! The ReadMe Live team will be there on the demo day to share all the ideas with you live as the teams present them on stage. So remember to follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you’re participating we look forward to seeing you there at AngelHack Colombo 2016.