Judging A Hackathon

Its been a long time since I blogged. But as I get close to my 30’s, I just feel like I am getting more vocal about things hence I am starting to blog again. LOL

So, after being around the startup ecosytem for almost 2.5 years, I got a chance to judge at an university hackathon.

At judging day

The hackathon is at the highest ranked public university here at Malaysia, Universiti Malaya. So, the hackathon called IUM Distrupt has 2 tracks which is :

  1. The open track
  2. CREST track . (seems to be close collaboration between the industry and unviersity students).

It was a enjoyable experience as I have never done judging before but only mentored for the Startup Quest at SITEC & Startup Weekend at MaGIC last year. Mainly sharing quick tips on presentation skills and technical but mainly on how to convince the judges. Weird that now the role is reversed. Haha

Luckily, after been exposed to many startup pitches at my past job at MaGIC and as well invovled in few hackathons like Angel Hack & Malaysia Developer’s Day AT & T MCMC 2016 , you just get that sense of a solid hackathon pitch.

The judging was divided into 4 separate categories which are:

  1. Innovation
  2. User Experience
  3. Business Model
  4. Quality of Pitch
selfie . lol

Its a totally different experience to see these students work their ass off for 24 hours and come in front of you to convince of their idea. So, I truly appreciate that and as well, I do believe I gave a good judging scores for all the teams.

Fantastic experience and hope some of them do take their ideas further!

appreciate the IUM team for giving me this gift. :)
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