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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Next Hackathon (slideshare.net)
13 points by kinvey 1845 days ago | hide | past | web | 4 comments | favorite

A lot of good ideas, but I'm not entirely sure why it had to be on Slideshare. The interface wasn't really intuitive to me right away, and I would've liked a paragraph for each heading; either to justify the point or provide examples. In general, being able to scroll down a page is better than clicking next, to my mind.

I'm not sure I completely agree with 12:

"Hack first, learn second. Dont try to learn a new language, instead, hack something together with what you already know."

It probably depends on what you want to get out of the hackathon, but I find most of the fun being gaining familiarity with cool new APIs.

I know for myself I usually get caught up learning a completely new language. For instance, in the last GGJ I ended up making a game in C# on XNA and ended up barely being able to provide help for my team. However, when on game jams with CSS3 and Javascript at my disposal I can create some awesome things.

I agree. Apart from learning new tech, it also lets you think about ideas that are outside your day job!

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