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How to make your submission video great

There are two weeks remaining in the Atlas Madness Hackathon. Submissions are due July 11th at 5pm ET (check local time)


Start your submission now 

Starting a submission is a good way to make sure that your app meets the requirements. There’s nothing worse than getting to the deadline, only to realize that you’re missing a key component. Email the hackathon manager by July 4th to request a submission review.

Remember: once you submit a project, you can keep editing it as needed at any time prior to the submission deadline. Need a primer on how the submission form works? Head over to our submission form tutorial


 Prepare your video

We know as devs and innovators, your expertise normally lies behind the scenes, however, the submission video needs time too! It's often the first (and sometimes only!) thing that judges review.

Your video tells the story behind your project, providing a clear avenue to showcase your software and talent: 

  • You only have three minutes to make an impression; make it count! 
    • Prep your elevator pitch and don’t forget to include
      • how your project meets the hackathon requirements
      • tools you used
      • problem your project addresses
      • solution your project addresses 
  • Demo your project in a way that shows judges how real-world users will interact and benefit from it
  • Time-saving Tip
    • Write out your script and practice it before you record to ensure you cover everything in the time limit without diminishing the quality of your explainer
  • Pro(crastinator) Tip
    • We CANNOT stress this enough: Don't wait until the last minute to upload your video! Due to file size, format, and your Internet connection, uploading a video to Facebook Video, YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours
    • There have been many times a submission becomes ineligible due to errors with video rendering and uploading so upload it early and make sure it's publicly viewable.


Lights, Camera, Action!