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Tips For Cracking The Hack The Crisis Hackathon


What could be better than advice from the winners of the Dutch edition of Hack The Crisis to prepare for the Luxembourgish edition, which will start in a few hours? We told you about it a few weeks ago on Silicon Luxembourg, Milda and Tiago – Lithuanian and Finnish entrepreneurs residing in Luxembourg – created AnalysisMode and it is with this project that they won this hackathon. Take notes as you will need them for Friday and Saturday.
by: Charles-Louis Machuron
photo: Serge Deuces
featured: Milda Dapkevičiūtė

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Your team AnalysisMode won the NL edition. What are your feelings?

Amazing. We feel rewarded for our hard work. It is a really fun weekend event, but also tiring as you put all the focus and effort to hack the crisis – in our case to improve our gamified tool thtat can speed up vaccine research. So when we won, it really felt well worth spending all those hours.

How does one prepare for the Hack the Crisis hackathon?

Buy food for the weekend, check that you have a good internet connection for calls with mentors and teammates, sleep before. 🙂 If you don’t have an idea for the hackathon – you can join other teams too! No matter what your expertise is – you can contribute.

“Your project has to show that it has the potential to solve some aspect of COVID-19 and be implemented ASAP.”

How does one make it to the top in the end?

Your project has to show that it has the potential to solve some aspect of COVID-19 and be implemented ASAP. It should also potentially be useful post-COVID. Also, your team expertise should prove that you are able to develop this idea.

How are the teams formed? Who speaks on what subject?

You can register with an already existing team or you can post your idea and look for people willing to join you. It’s a great way to collect talents you do not have yourself. And even if you do not have an idea – you can join another team and hack the crisis together! It’s important to inspire others to follow your idea and be willing to grow with you.

What should we focus on during the hackathon?

First of all, have clear goals that you want to achieve and create a list of tasks that need to be done. Also, focus on showing the progress your team made during the weekend and during the pitch itself. You can have a brilliant idea, but if you do not communicate it well – no-one will know it.

How do you keep the team spirit high during these few hours?

Have a great idea that people feel motivated to spend their time on. Also, organize calls with all team members regularly for updates and to inspire each other. It’s a great feeling to be part of a team that is doing something to stop this crisis while being locked indoors.

“Be enthusiastic about your project and show that you are dedicated to continuing development, if you win.”

How does one impress the jury at the finals?

Practice your pitch before recording. You can use the freee Loom app to record your screen with a pitch deck – it’s good to show who is behind the slides. Be enthusiastic about your project and show that you are dedicated to continuing development, if you win.

Why should I register for this event?

It’s a wonderful opportunity to virtually meet new people, be a part of something bigger, learn from others and speed up the development of your idea. And all this, from the comfort of your home! It’s a rare chance to attend a hackathon from wherever you are with an international team, as regularly you have to join it in person with the existing team.

So I encourage you to join Hack The Crisis and have an amazing weekend by doing so!

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