This page contains the requirements for presenting at the 2017 Challenge Weekend as well as suggestions for what your presentation should contain.
April 7 – 9, 2017
- Must use Google Slides
- No live app demos
- To show a demo, do it with a video capture, like Camtasia
- Upload your video to YouTube
- Import video to Google Slides
- Video is NOT required: You can also advance through wireframes or mock up screens
By 5:00pm on April 6th:
- share your Google Slides by setting sharing to “Public on the web.”
- Download a copy of your presentation to PDF.
- Complete the submission form below
- Include the link to your slides presentation in the provided field on the form.
- Upload the PDF file and hit submit once all the other fields are completed
- We highly recommend you follow steps 1 -5 above by 4:30pm on April 6th. You may submit multiple entries and we will use the latest timestamped entry up to 5:00pm. But if you miss the 5:00pm deadline you will not be able to present. No exceptions. So submit a version in advance of 5:00pm just in case you have trouble at the deadline.
- Computers closed by 5pm on April 6th. You may not work on your presentation file following your submission. The PDF file you uploaded must match the Google Slides presentation. If you, or anyone on your team, continued work on the presentation following 5:00pm you will be disqualified.
What to include in your presentation
Below are questions to be sure you’ve answered in your presentation. We’re providing suggestions for what a good, complete presentation should contain based on the judging criteria. But it’s up to you as to how you’ll tell it: How to tell a story, how to use supportive data in a clear and compelling way, and how to captivate the judges so they’ll listen to your every word.
Remember, for challenge weekend the judges will only have what you tell them during your five minutes and then anything covered during the five minutes of Q&A. As with all of our other resources, we want to support you and set you up for success, but don’t want to limit your creativity. We simply took the judging criteria and broke it down into questions here. Be sure you’ve read the criteria thoroughly as well.
Start with a very brief summary (two-three sentences) that introduces your idea. From there:
- Explain how the project addresses the business problem.
- Another way to think about this is to answer why would a business owner use your application?
- What is your target market? Who will use your app?
- If users (business decision-makers) adopted your solution, what would be the potential impact on the business community?
- Have you tested your app or your idea with potential users (business decision-makers)? What was their feedback?
- How does your application display a new approach or method of addressing the business problem?
- Is there anyone providing this solution in the market now? If yes, how is your solution different?
- What is your implementation strategy? How will you get users (business decision-makers) to adopt your application?
- Explain, or show (through a video walk-through, wireframes, or mock-ups) any progress you’ve made on design and coding—this helps judges evaluate your ability to implement your idea.
- Explicitly state at least one dataset you are using from the Colorado Information Marketplace (this is a requirement straight from the rules).
- From the judging criteria, special consideration will be given to teams that use multiple datasets and create new insights from the combination or analysis. So tell the judges what datasets you are using, if any, beyond the required minimum, and any analysis you are undertaking to add value.
- Five minutes goes fast—really fast.
- Last tip: Use your slides to augment or visually demonstrate the information you’re presenting, not just repeat the text on screen.