Hi! So HackRU is coming up, what set of skills would someone need to make a webapp? Or advice for someone who's never really finished making or demo'd something in a hackathon due to lack of skills? Thanks :D
I’m going to try to keep this as short and sweet as possible, mostly because I plan to retire this blog and move to Jekyll at some point.
- The number one skills one needs to make a web app is determination. We can talk about programming languages all day, but if you’re not motivated to finish something at a hackathon, you’re not going to.
- As for someone who’s never finished/demoed a hack, here’s my advice: promise your best friend that you’re going to demo something. If you’re like me and are unable to break promises, then you’re good to go. No matter how far you are from finishing, you have to demo something. This is especially true for your first hackathon. I’m guilty of going to a hackathon and not demoing, but I’ve demoed at the vast majority of hackathons I’ve been to. The first one is the hardest, but it gets easier every time, and I’ve even been told that I’m really good at presenting now. Just build your confidence and realize that almost everyone who goes up there is nervous, and most of them will forget about you anyway.
I hope that helps. I’m not sure who left this question for me, but I’ll be at HackRU, so feel free to reach out to me for more advice or help with your hack. I’m always looking to help people.October 6th, 2013 0 notes