Book Mentors And Judges

You’ll need to recruit a variety of tech experts to mentor your attendees, speak at your event and judge your hackathon. Consider targeting:

  • Experts from your school, including professors, deans, and alumni

  • Local community leaders

  • Reps from local tech companies

  • Tech celebrities who have something to promote (best for bigger events)

Networking tips for recruiting speakers and judges:

  • It’s similar to the process of contacting sponsors.

  • Consider who you know and who your school knows

  • Have department heads reach out for you when helpful

A Note About Judges

We recommend selecting judges that have a strong technical aptitude. If you’re planning to do Science Fair Judging and Presentations, your judges for each should be separate. For expo judging, ensure you have a minimum of one judge per thirty participants.

  • Networking tips for recruiting speakers and judges

    • It’s similar sponsorship process

    • Consider who you know and who your school knows

    • Have department heads reach out for you

MLH Tips

Resources:

How to calculate the number of judges you need:

Minutes for Expo
45 60 90 120 150 180
Hackathon Target Attendee Count 100 9 7 5 5 4 4
200 15 12 9 7 6 5
300 22 17 12 10 8 7
400 29 22 15 12 10 9
500 35 27 19 15 12 10
600 42 32 22 17 14 12
700 49 37 25 20 16 14
800 55 42 29 22 18 15
900 62 47 32 25 20 17
1000 69 52 35 27 22 19
1100 75 57 39 30 24 20
1200 82 62 42 32 26 22

Calculations
Attendee Target / 5 per team = # of expected projects

of expected projects seen by at least 3 judges for 5 minutes each divided by expo minutes available = # of suggested judges + 2 for buffer room

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