One of the big differences this year is all locations accept remote entries. Normally we only have a TADHack Global Remote registration. This year, if you are based in North America, you submit into TADHack Chicago / North America. Or if you are based in the Asia Pacific region we have TADHack Asia Pacific. If you’re not close to any TADHack location, there’s always TADHack Global Remote.
We’re not strict on when you start to hack, it’s OK to start before the weekend, so by the TADHack weekend you’re more relaxed. The resources are available on the TADHack Global website, go to the location you’re submitting your hack to, scroll down and click the Developer Resources button (this is because some locations have local sponsors). All sponsors provide online support for their resources. Just let them know you’re hacking for TADHack Global.
The most important thing is the pitch video of your hack. This is how the sponsors judge your hack. Its OK to submit your pitch video as soon as it’s ready, we’ve had remote entries submitted before the event has started, some arrive on Saturday, most on Sunday morning, and a few sneak in just before the deadline (each location leader will let you know the deadline for their location).
The pitch video format is:
- 5 minutes maximum, this is a strict limit. (Please do not speed the video up to squeeze it into 5 mins)
- Introduce you / the team (and team name if you have one)
- Introduce the hack / showcase name and a brief description
- List the sponsor’s resources used in the hack
- Explain the hack, can be done through a simple presentation / demo / a little acting, whatever you / the team wants to do.
- Please send your pitch video through when it is ready. The exact timing will depend on the location you’re submitting it to. The location leader will let you know a couple of days before the TADHack weekend.
Once you’ve got your video please upload your video to YouTube AND please send an email <location leader will let you know who to send it to> with the following info:
- Wetransfer URL (so we can upload to the TADHack YT channel), YouTube URL (this is a back-up in case we’re having internet problems or are overloaded)
- Github URL (or other repository) of your code – please do this on Sunday as many people mean to upload but get busy after Sunday with the rest of their lives
- The team name and members (this can just be your name)
- Hack / Showcase name and a brief description (3 or 4 lines)
- List the sponsor’s resources used in the hack (which sponsors should judge your hack)
- Attach any slides or photos used during the presentation.
Thank you and good luck. If you have any other questions please ask.
P.S. All hacks will be promoted on the TADHack YouTube channel, we want to write weblogs on all of them. TADHack is focused on promoting developers. We’ve helped developers launch companies, get great jobs, and make a difference in their communities. If you have time and are able to draft a weblog about your entry in the weeks after TADHack Global, that would be great.
A suggested weblog structure is:
- Introduce the team and their backgrounds, as well as the company if the entry is from a company;
- Describe the hack, a deeper dive into how you created the hack and its functionality, for example the libraries used and some of the problems you faced;
- Share any code / links / demos that are available; and
- Any other information you think relevant.
Here are some nice example weblogs from over the years: