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Aftab Ahmed Abro
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How to plan Hackathon for Undergrad Students

Planning a hackathon for undergraduate students can be a great way to promote innovation and creativity among the students. Here are a few steps you can take to plan a successful hackathon:

Define the theme and format: Decide on a theme for the hackathon that aligns with the interests of your target audience. The format can be a traditional 24-36 hours event or a virtual event, depending on the situation.

Identify a venue and date: Choose a venue that can accommodate the number of participants you expect and that has the necessary resources, such as internet access and power outlets.

Identify judges: Identify a panel of judges who are experts in the field relevant to the theme of the hackathon. They will evaluate the projects and determine the winners.

Recruit mentors: Recruit industry professionals or professors to serve as mentors for the hackathon. They can provide guidance and support to the participants throughout the event.

Promote the event: Reach out to students and professors at your school, as well as other schools in your area. Share information about the hackathon on social media and other platforms to encourage participation.

Plan for prizes: Plan for prizes for the winners of the event, these can be monetary prizes, internship opportunities, or any other incentives that will encourage the participation of the students.

Organize logistics: Make sure to have enough food, beverages, and swags for the participants. If it's a virtual event, make sure that you have the necessary tools and platforms to facilitate the event.

Have a plan for follow-up: After the event, make sure to follow up with the participants, provide feedback on their projects and look for ways to continue to support them in their development.

Remember, a hackathon can be a great way to promote innovation and creativity among undergraduate students, but it requires careful planning and organization to be successful.

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