An opening ceremony is an essential part of the hackathon to communicate all the necessary information one might need on the day-of to make the best out of the hackathon experience.
Opening ceremonies should be celebrated like a massive festival start, creating an energy that will stay with the hackers throughout the whole hackathon. We strongly recommend pre-recording your opening ceremony rather than doing it live. It lets you be in full control of the ceremony, removes a lot of hardware/bandwidth problems, and, in general, is significantly more consistent.
In the Opening Ceremony, make sure you cover:
The general chat channel etiquette everyone needs to follow during the event
The event schedule, highlighting the major deadlines
How to reach out to the organizers in case of questions
Any sponsored content, obligations you need to follow
Your MLH Coach’s 5 minutes pre-recorded opening ceremony video!
At MLH Member Event, your designated MLH Coach will also send you a pre-recorded video making sure to explain the Code of Conduct, our prize categories, and what mini-events we will be running digitally.
You can edit these videos together on YouTube or iMovie (Mac) or just play them sequentially on the stream. If you pre-record your video, we’ve found music and video can make it much more engaging. Make sure to use royalty-free music!