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Win a Prize at Your Next Hackathon

A couple of weeks ago I decided to participate in the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. My app, Simple Invoice (www.sendsimpleinvoice.com), ended up winning a prize.  I think if I hadn’t already learned about the vendors’ APIs and come up with some ideas before the Hackathon I would never have had a chance.  Here are a few tips for you to win your next Hackathon!

Think ahead. First and foremost, take a look at the Hackathon website and learn about the sponsors ahead of time.  If the first time you learn about the sponsor APIs is during the event, you are probably behind.  That’s the big reason why popular APIs like DropBox, Twilio, and Twitter always get a lot of hacks – people already know them and might even have some code stashed somewhere.

IoT > Mobile > Web. The second tip is to use hardware if you can help it.  In terms of the things that are most likely to win prizes, I have noticed that wearable technology is perceived more advanced than mobile apps, which in turn generally be…