or: everything you wanted to know about the Hackathon, but were afraid to ask!
Now you are just about to press the Apply button but some questions are holding you back. Since we can guess what is going through your mind, we prepared some answers to most frequently asked questions.
1) In the application, you have to describe your idea – how extensive does it have to be?
It is important that you have your idea. In the application, you simply have to explain it in a sentence or two and it will be enough for the start. The proposed idea is a prerequisite for entering the competition, but uniqueness of your idea will bring higher committee attention to it during selection process. So, with a more detailed description of your concept you will have an advantage in the Hackathon participant selection process. Therefore, with no hesitation – share your concepts and ideas, etc. 🙂
2) Will I be working on my own idea?
That isn’t necessary. Actually, it happens quite often that the team develops a mixture of all ideas team members had at the beginning of the Hackathon. This is why Akrapovič and Transformation Lighthouse will jointly select the best ideas and put competitors in teams according to similarity of submitted ideas. However, since you never know, you should continue developing your own idea and create a strategy on how to promote and present it to your team members at the Hackathon. On the day of the competition when you will know who your team members are, you’ll then proceed in one way or another.
3) Who will I be in the team with?
Based on the applications, the committee will select the participants and assemble the teams. Each team will have from 4 – 6 members. At least two team members will be employees of Akrapovič to make the team more diverse and so that you do have some important insight when you will plan the product.
4) Can I apply with a team?
If you already have a team, of course, you can apply together. You have to indicate in the application form that you are applying as a team and who are your team members. However, each member of the team must register individually, so we can collect all necessary information for further communication to all the contestants. Due to a large number of individuals who applies, your team must be prepared to accept some additional members that we might assign you. And don’t forget – keep at least two seats “empty” since at least 2 out of 6 team members will be assigned to you from the Akrapovič team. For example: if you already have a team of six, make 2 teams. And make an internal friend’s competition among you 😊
5) How old do I have to be?
The only condition is adulthood, well above age of 18 😉 Since this is an extremely creative and dynamic event, it is desired that there is also a diversity of age. So, no matter your age, if you have an idea and you want something new, Hackathon is the right address for you.
6) What about education?
It is not a prerequisite. It is important that your idea is original. In the competition there are things more important than education. Creativity, originality, the ability to work in a team and openness to new ideas in the competition can take your idea to an entirely different direction than it is at this moment. Understanding of new technologies, experience with industry and knowledge of latest trends within mechanical engineering, material sciences, industrial design is your advantage.
7) What do I need to have with me?
Since the Hackathon is of a technical nature, you should bring a laptop or other means that you will be able to work. Since you most likely work with a laptop, the final presentation will be in ppt, keynote or a live demonstration. Hint: 3D models of your product will be an added value to your presentation
8) If I stay overnight, where will I sleep?
On such events there is little rest. The rest corners will be arranged (deckchairs and some couches at the venue), while any other form of overnight accommodation is not provided. If you think that you will not need continuous work, you should arrange your accommodation yourself. You should not forget that this is a team competition.
You will coordinate everything with your team during the competition 🙂
In any case, keep with you a blanket, pillow and comfortable clothing.
The weekend will be long and a few hours of rest will not hurt 🙂
9) How will it look like? We get the task – what then? Who is responsible for what? How do you develop the idea?
The schedule of the competition is posted on the “Schedule” section of the website, where there is a written detailed course of events. Competitors will get more detailed description of the challenge at the opening of Hackathon, as well learn with whom they are in a group and what their role is in the group. Teams receive guidelines at the beginning in which direction to develop an idea, how they develop it depends on each individual team. During the competition the teams are accompanied all the time by mentors, representatives of Akrapovič and Transformatio Lighthouse. Mentors are assembled in a way to cover as many segments as possible. They will be guiding you during the competition, if you wander too far with the development of your ideas.
10) What happens after the preparation pitch? When is the finals and when we will know who the winners are?
On Sunday, second day of the hackathon in the afternoon you will submit all the materials and pitch in front of mentors. NO winners will be determined at this time.
On 4 December, Akrapovič has their 7th Innovation day – Drive the change. On this day you will all pitch again in front of jury members and other employees of Akrapovič company. Jury members that are decision makers of Akrapovič will then decide about the best 3 teams. They will grade everything: enthusiasm of individuals and their teamwork, how the idea is developing, presentation at the end of the competition and of course, a presented plan to execute from the idea to the product, with all aspects accounted for. Of course you will have a chance to listen also to innovations in exhaust field, that Akrapovič is preparing.
11) Do we get some support or mentoring on 3 December, before the finals?
Yes, team of Transformation Lighthouse will be mentoring you to perfect your presentation, business case and other materials you might produce in order your to be the best you can on 4 December 2018.
We’re sure we covered majority of questions. But in case you would need to know more, just don’t hesitate to write : firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: 23 November 2018.
So, how far can you go? 😉