FAQs: CEO Hacks

What is CEO Hacks?

CEO Hacks is a startup hackthon. A startup hackathon is an event where hackers (developers & engineers), hipsters (designers) and hustlers (business-types) come together to develop a viable business idea from scratch in a set amount of time – in our case [24] hours. Come test your skills in an intense and fast-paced environment. For more information and how to apply to, visit the CEO Hacks webpage. For an idea of what a hackathon looks like click here.

Who can participate?

All Georgia State students can participate. Anyone else is welcome to attend the pitch competition at the end of the hackathon on October 25 at 10am.

Is it really 24 hours?

YES! Participants will be in Aderhold Learning Centerfrom 10am, October 24, until 11am, October 25. Don’t worry there will be plenty of food, space to sleep and cool activities for when you need to re-energizeImagine a sleepover where you spend all of your time building something cool!

What do I need to bring?

Bring: Laptop + charger, phone charger and a strong work ethic. Recommended: Change of clothes, toothbrush + toothpaste, sleeping bag or blanket, additional electronics that you work best with (drawing tablets, monitors, mouse, keyboard etc.). Do Not Bring: Food, pessimism, alcohol or drugs, firearms… if an airplane won’t allow it we probably won’t.

What if I don’t know how to code?

According to Forbes Magazine, startups need three members – the hackers, the hustlers and the hipsters. Whether you are a technical genius, a creative prodigy, or a practical business-type, there is a need for you.

Theme

The theme for CEO Hacks is “Hack The School.” Participants will create hacks to improve the life of college students. Who could be better suited to improve college life than actual college students?

Does it have to be a new idea or can I work on a past project?

It doesn’t have to be a new idea, but you cannot have any previous code, presentation materials, financial forecasts, or designs. Come with an undeveloped idea or be open to finding one.

Do I have to have an idea already?

Not at all. That’s the fun of a hackathon. You can find someone with an idea you like and join their team. You might even come with an idea in mind but decide you rather work on someone else’s.
 

Can I come alone?

YES! All teams will not be complete on arrival. You can find someone with an idea you like and join their team. Coming together with new people with cool ideas is what makes hackathons awesome.

Teams

You can pick the size of your team, however teams are recommended to be 2-4 people. If you have any friends you know you’d like to team up with, make sure you mention each other in the relevant space on your application. You may meet people at the hackathon who are able to help you bring your idea to life.

What if I want to participate but don’t have a team?

No worries! You can build your team or join an existing team through our participants Facebook page or through our dinner and networking session on the first day of CEO Hacks. Right after the introductory ceremony, we will have time to network to build or join a team, followed by lunch. Also, upon acceptance, we ask that you join the participant’s Facebook page where you can post your ideas or your skills.

A good team has a diverse set of skills. Here are some people you may want to consider recruiting to give your team the best chance to win the hackathon.

Hacker – We all know those students who love to code, tinker, and make! The hacker is essential to overcoming obstacles and thinking outside the box. They also have to bring the idea to life through technology.

Hustler – So you got the product, but does it sell itself? The hustler makes sure that it gets into the hands of the customer. They are interviewing customers, coming up with a business model, and launching that social media campaign.

Designer – The designer makes sure that it’s packaged just right, has the aesthetic wow factor, and comes in the right colors. Is the logo catchy? Does the interface work? What’s the UI/UX for the apps?       

Notice: Prizes are prepared for teams of a maximum of four people. Team members will need to decide how to split their winnings if there are additional people.

What should I prepare for judging?

We will release the specific evaluation criteria as we get closer to the event. However, in general you should have a minimum viable product (barebones prototype), financial plans, and a one-page executive summary. The final presentations will be in the form of a pitch for investment.

Do we need to stay for the entire length of the event?

This isn’t high-school so we can’t get you for truancy, but please, if we accept you into the event, plan to stay for the whole thing. You don’t have to be there the whole time, but pitch in your fair share to your team and be there for the final presentation.

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