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A few minutes to Berlin Hackathon Opening

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Marc and Eugene Advice Before
Last Advice from Marc & Eugene – Hackathon moderators

Speaking with Marc and Eugene just before the official start

Jutta: Marc, you and Eugene have a lot of Hackathon experience between the two of you already. Were they all the same or can you explain us what was different?

Eugene: Yes, we did Hackathons in Milan, Helsinki, Brussels, Hamburg.  Every hackathon is different though – it is a one-of-a-kind event. The difference stems from the group of students you work with, the education system they come from, age difference, study focus. In some place participants worked more independently, in other there was more coaching from their instructor involved.

Marc: In Brussels for example, there was a large number of experts available and the participants were not only IT students but also came from business and design studies. This changes the dynamic a lot. A second point is that the theme varies because we want the theme to be locally significant which again influences everything.

Jutta: What would you say is the key element tell the participants to watch out for participants?

Marc and Eugene: Sure, here is our advice

  1. Collaboration is absolute key – not everybody knows everything but the knowledge of all people in the team is huge and will make the difference for your project
  2. Use your resources – the experts and the Internet are great resources for you whenever there is a questions
  3. The first idea is not always the best – look beyond the normal horizons and do not let your predefined thinking parameters limit your creativity

Be open to try a disruptive approach and follow hints from advisers and experts fostering thinking outside the box.

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