Hackathon Tips

Extropy.IO
9 min readOct 28, 2023

Our Solidity and Huff expert Meek Msaki presents his tips to help you win prizes at hackathons :

45 Tips To Increase Your Chances of Winning Top Prizes At A Hackathon

So, you joined a hackathon? Are you looking for tips to win prizes at a hackathon?

I have participated joined a total of 12 hackathons since Sept 2022, I have made $4,263 from 4 out 7 of my last project submissions. I will be sharing my general tips based on what worked best for me.

I was a top 10 finalist in my 2nd submission, at this point I only had 10 months of coding experience, no CS Degree, and Python was the only programming language on my belt. A junior developer with by all means, I guess you can trust my hacker’s tips.

Assuming you plan to follow most of these tips, my hope is you will learn to rely on your gut instincts when picking a bounty. You don’t have to make a compelling case why you are going to win, just start hacking when the hackathon kicks off.

My target audience for the reader:

  1. If you want to win 1st or 2nd prizes
  2. If you want to be a top 10 finalist
  3. If you have less than 48 hours, usually a weekend
  4. If you have 2–4 weeks
  5. If you have no project idea
  6. If this is your first hackathon
  7. If you are solo, or have no team
  8. If you are not a front-end developer
  9. If you code in one programming language
  10. If you are not a programmer i.e designer or marketer
  11. If you already have an idea
  12. If you already have a team

Outline

  1. Pre Hackathon assumptions
  2. Hacker tips

Pre Hackathon

I will first share my general assumptions, and then other topics will be based on common situations depending on the nature of most hackathons I have attended

Pre-hackathon assumptions:

  • You have been actively gaining new skills for the past 6 months, and you have proof from your activity is on github
  • You know the hackathon start date and end date and are aware of all major deadlines or extensions
  • You have…

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