Tips on Surviving Hackathon

Yes, it is that time of the year again – Hackathon season is just around the corner. If you’re a first-timer, you would imagine hackathons as this exclusive event where programmers all bunch up against a computer with code running down like a waterfall, until they say “I’m in”. Sorry to burst your bubble but it’s not what hackathons are about!

Hackathons are 24-48 hour events where hundreds, if not thousands of programmers all try to create the coolest stuff. But aside from that, you get to meet lots of cool people and learn new things from like-minded individuals. Though we know hackathons are challenging, it’s definitely rewarding. You could come home with a bunch of prizes and new connections, all while having fun! 

So to make your first hackathon as fun as possible, we listed the things that you should prepare–from the basic physical requirements to pro-tips for mental survival.

1. Laptop and charger

This one’s pretty obvious, and the most important. But hey, we just wanted to remind you again to not forget these!

2. Water tumbler

You know it’s very important to stay hydrated, right? Organizers provide water during the event, but we still recommend you to bring your own. Walking to water dispensers could save you time, which means you have more time to program.

3. Snacks

 Apples are the perfect snack food since they have lots of nutritional benefits
Apples are the perfect snack food since they have lots of nutritional benefits

It’s hard to get from breakfast to lunch to dinner without noshing on something is hard. We get it. Bring healthy snacks to keep you fueled and focused.

4. Proper clothes

The event will take hours and the venue could be pretty cold, so you might want to wear something comfortable and warm. 

5. Business cards

Hackathon is a great place to network. Have a chit-chat with your team and explore the venue when you can, and don’t just stay in your comfort zone. It’s the perfect time to hand out some of your business cards.

6. Pen and notepad

Note-taking is important, it helps you concentrate and not forget the things that you need. It also works well if you need to write down codes and do some sketches.

7. Take a nap

 Ideal nap time ranges between 10 and 20 minutes
Ideal nap time ranges between 10 and 20 minutes

Naps can restore attentiveness, enhance performance, and reduce mistakes. If you need an energy boost, go ahead and take a 20-minute nap. Don’t do it more than that, though.

8. Have fun

We’ve mentioned Hackathons could be very challenging. With everything going on and all the codes you have to program, it’s easy to forget to enjoy yourself. Take a quick break and enjoy the event!


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