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How do you come up with ideas for a hackathon?

Innovation on the spot is hard. Sometimes good ideas strike at opportune times but often generating a concept for something interesting or useful can be quite difficult. It can be a lot of fun to play around with random concepts that might not succeed in the real world. Why not aim to create an app for a free driverless car taxi service that gets its funding by taking routes that have it's passengers pass by the billboards of the companies that sponsor the ride? Crazy, random ideas can often inspire creations that have a practical application.

I would say that there is two really good approaches you can use to plan for a hackathon.

Two approaches:
1. Come up with an idea ahead of time. Plan it out and stick to it.
2. Base your project on the resources provided by sponsors.

Having a solid plan ahead of time is a great way to succeed. If you know your sponsors and what criteria you will be judged on you can plan a project that meets thes…

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