Once you have an idea it’s important to get started in as little time as possible. The slightest delay can throw you for the entirety of the event.
When you begin building, start committing to your public repository from minute one. Your public repo is not only proof that the whole project was built within the allocated time for the event but it also helps your team to collaborate on the project while also being able to roll back easily if you reach a difficult bug, saving you valuable time to spend building!
When building your project, spend time learning new things, winning is fun but exploring and learning new technologies is even better. Expanding your stack by investing just a small portion of your weekend into learning something new for your project not only adds to the level of achievement but it also prepares you to excel in future events and ultimately leads to a better, more enjoyable time.
When it comes to constructing your project try to connect with the community about it and get the event managers hyped to see your finished product. For starters, by doing this you’ll be able to get more ideas from other people around you, also if you can already set and idea in the community’s minds of what your hack is and what it does, you can confidently expect the judges to better understand you and your hack when they come to judge it.
Share your progress. Keep building. And most importantly, keep updating your Devpost page throughout - leaving it to the last minute makes it rushed meaning you don’t get chance to make it perfect!