Once you’ve selected your winners for the event, it's time to announce them over in a closing ceremony! Having a closing ceremony ensures that hackers get enough recognition of their achievements and your other supporters also get a chance to say a final word to your attendees. It also helps everyone to sum up with the same energy they had during the start of the hackathon and reflect on the great experience they had overall! Typically we have seen the following best practices for hosting a closing ceremony:
When the closing ceremony is coming up make an announcement saying that the closing will be starting soon.
Select an organizer, and have them start streaming your closing ceremony.
Talking over slides is the best format for this. In advance, ask your sponsors to give you a list of their prize winners.
Announce the winners live on the same platform you used for opening, making sure to inject a lot of energy and excitement into your announcements!
This is a big moment for your event, and ending strong is super important — people tend to remember the beginning and the end of an event afterwards for years to come.
Make sure you celebrate all the hackers' achievements, what they were able to build and what that means!
Having a playback of their submission video can be a great way to showcase their project as well.