Held on May 17, 2014
(Corrections were made a 2pm local time.)
If You Attended, Why You Should Read This
I want to quickly mention I’ve been to numerous hackathon in as many months, and what is sorely missing is designers and business people. Hence this event as a great idea and I enjoyed the little time I was there – as a developer.
Also, I attended inspite of this being the Maker Faire Weekend. I pressed other developers to come, but they had long planned to be at the Maker Faire – mostly because they had their ventures’ going (Zook words & Lilbot). So rightfully there should have been more developers there.
In addition, the judges were not to consider the business case. As such, a serious developer would NOT have made the same decision. I have graded the business case and have noted my favorites. Also, because this was such a long torturous event – everyone was extremely nice. So you might be deluded into thinking your idea is good. It may not be.
Lastly, I did not schedule this blog post, nor did I have plans to write this. I was so inspired by the work I saw, I thought it deserved some immediate praise.
I also wanted to mention the judges’ had a disposed bias toward social networks. This can be seen in either the work they do, or have done. As such, participants should have biased their Apps toward social networks – like Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, if they wanted to win.
An Assortment of Issues
Aside from the mechanical issues, most pitches went well. I can only think of two (2) groups that should reconsider, get training, and start over.
The typical issues include:
- passive voice – It was a mistake to use the communication method known as “passive voice”. When selling or pitching use an active voice.
- volume lowers – This is error a natural human reaction and must be actively worked against. It is very natural, and often un-noticed by the speaker that the volume of the voice lowers when they are not confident with a point.
- dangerous premise (imagine or iff) – the use of a dangerous premise that starts with the word imagine. This word is very powerful. If you plan on using it, learn how to use it. Go to a pitch club and practice. The other dangerous premise starts with the word if. Use both these words with caution.
The Participating Teams – in the order presented
All teams were timed 60 seconds for this first round.
Stage prior to the judging
- poor, fair, ok, good/gd, vgood
- The ones I really liked are in bold.
- team name – business case – presentation
- onetrip – ok – ok
- parting steps – good – good
- plummet – ok – working app?
- pros – poor – poor (imagine)
- cultivate – poor – good
- goodbits – ok – good
- bib & butter – good – good
- eat tour – vgood – nervous, but good
- overlay – gd – presentation failure
- all fit – ok – cheated presentation
- bean hero – poor – what was it?
- edspread – poor – poor (buzzword heavy)
- 99 bottles – ok/good – conflicted presentation
- pencil box – vgood – fair presentation
- just like mom’s – poor/good – not a thoughtful App
- monkeysphere – good – ok
- train 2 success – fair – (image)
- take ten – ok/good – vgood
- artenary – good – (image), but good
- travel2change – what? – what?
- upmentor – gd – vgd
- shine – poor – ok
- clothing with friends – gd – incomplete presentation
- spottr – good – ok
- anelli – ok – incomplete presentation
- Vote Ally – good – shakey presentation
- Groupie – vgood – incomplete presentation
- Panache – vgood – vgood
The 5 Finalis in order of presentation
All teams were timed 5 minutes for this round.
team name – business case – presentation (originally I scored)
- goodbits – vgood – ok (ok – good)
- eat tour – vgood – vgood (vgood – nervous, but good)
- monkeysphere – ok – poor (good – ok)
- take ten – ok – ok (ok/good – vgood)
- artenary – fair – ok (good – (image), but good)
The Winners in order
Place – team name – (originally I scored)
- take ten – (ok/good – vgood)
- monkey sphere – (good – ok)
- good bits – (ok – good)
- eat tour – (vgood – nervous, but good)
My choices in order
Coffee, water, sodas, pizza, what else on a hack night.
- Panache – Excellent business model, great presentation.
- 99 bottles – Good idea, easy to monetize. Even thought it’s been done.
- bib & butter – Good idea, might be a hard sell.
- parting steps – Excellent idea, a hard sell. Needs a real business plan.
Organizers – Cole Fox, Rahul Nihalani