Here is a clear set of steps we recommend each team run through before they present on Sunday.
Look at this now, before its too late
Charge your team profiles to 100%
This is a big deal! The GovHack organising crew need to know the prizes you are competing for, the data you are using, your location, your team presenter and the name of your project. Every team admin should check this information as a number of fields have been added since the team registration form was first set up.
To do this:
- Go to the teams page, find your team, click to go to the team page(not the project page). You will know you are in the right place, and that you are the right person (a team admin), when you see the strip of options as per the image below.To view the panel where team profiles can be updated, click on the Admin tab, as indicated with a highlight below.
- Once you are on the admin panel it is all pretty easy. Run through all the fields and please update everything. If you are unsure about anything please speak with an organiser, mentor or another friendly hacker.
Create a sweet project page
This website is built on WordPress. If you created your team’s registration for GovHack then a blog post would have been auto-magically created with you as its author. This post is your team’s ‘project page’. There are two ways to find it, one of which is preferred… If you have a 100% charged team profile then finding and editing your project page is easy, and fun!
To do this:
- Go to the teams page, find your team, click to go to the project page(not the team page). This time you will know you are in the right place, and that your are the right person (your team’s WordPress author for the project page), when you see an Edit link at the bottom of your team’s project page.
- Ok, so this is where the step-by-step guide stops. If you have trouble using WordPress to update your project page then maybe ask another hacker for a five minute crash course. You’ll get it, its easy
- Importantly, you might want some ideas for what to include on your project page. This is the sort of material judges are looking for:
- A good overview of what your project is about and actually is.
- Screen shots – if you can show them how things work with a few choice screen shots then that will be very nice.
- Screen casts – if you can show them how things work with a screen cast, then very nice indeed.
- Links off to relevant material – do you have a hosted demo running somewhere? Link to all that good stuff your team has created, but don’t forget to provide some context!
Hax0ring all night is not encouraged
This is what is encouraged:
- Look after yourself.
- Don’t drive tired.
- Be awesome.
Your 3 minute presentation – can you nail it?
Well, Chris Beer has set up this tidy page on how you might like to present your project to Government, that might help?
Or, maybe just ask yourself one thing, “What would the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air do?’