Running Opening ceremony

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

  • Prize categories

  • 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!

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