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The CircleCI team is gearing up for the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon the weekend of September 19-20.

As a TCD Hackathon sponsor, CircleCI is sponsoring a custom contest. The CircleCI team will reward the team with their favorite demo with a $1000 Apple gift card. All you need to do to be eligible is create an account on CircleCI and perform at least one build. Make sure to include your team’s GitHub usernames with your project submission. You can build any project to be eligible, but extra points may be awarded for using CircleCI extensively for your hackathon project.

Here are my personal takeaways from past hackathons that I’ve participated in:

  1. Make sure that your teammates are already familiar with the tools / concepts that are crucial to your project. A hackathon isn’t usually the best place to be learning something from scratch.

  2. Make sure that all of your teammates have something to work on. Getting blocked waiting for work that another member needs to complete is a slow-down that you usually can’t afford. Consider using a Trello board or GitHub issues to simplify coordination.

  3. Polish on a subset of the ultimate features wins out over a more comprehensive set of features that are less cohesive.

  4. Drinking 5 Red Bulls in 24 hours is a bad idea.

  5. Even more so than usual development, don’t get hung up on writing technically impressive code. Write some tests, do the simplest thing that could possibly work, and move on!

Please also plan on visiting the CircleCI booth at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF conference on September 21-23 to say hi to our team and be sure to pick up one of our cool T-shirts and laptop stickers.

The last call just went up for hackathon tickets…. We look forward to seeing you there!