Thank you, I just came from my first hackathon, I am a 36 yo engineer that works mainly with electronics and programming is my hobby, my team did a really solid job but was not one of the "5 chosen" out of 200 teams. We felt the judging was unfair and mainly unprofessional, not trying to sound like a bad loser here but the main thing I felt was that our time was wasted. Probably because in our case none of the teams had a chance for a pitch time to explain our ideas, only the top 5 based in the very subjective and personal view plus the randomness of the judges as not all judges saw all projects.
It felt like a waste, maybe if it is focused to younger devs on a more even and fair scenario, but the way I lived it was not fun and enjoyable in any way.
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