This page contains the requirements for presenting at the 2018 Challenge Weekend as well as suggestions for what your presentation should contain.
Presentations begin on Sunday evening of Challenge Weekend at 6:00pm.
- Must use Google Slides
- We strongly discourage live product demos
Preferred Demo Options:
- Create a video walk-through of your product 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 15th:
- Share your Google Slides by setting sharing to “Public on the web.”
- Complete the submission form below
Include the link to your slides presentation in the provided field on the form.
- We highly recommend you follow steps 1 -5 above by 4:30pm on April 15th. You may continue working on your Slides presentation all the way up until 5:00pm and your changes will automatically be saved by Google. But if you miss the 5:00pm deadline for the form submission above you will not be able to present. No exceptions. So submit a version in advance of 5:00pm to avoid any trouble at the deadline.
- Immediately following 5:00pm, we will make a copy of your Slides presentation file so that we become the owners and no further edits can be made.
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 product addresses a problem for a business decision maker.
- Another way to think about this is to answer why would a business owner use your application?
- What is your target market of users? Who will use your product?
- 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?
- 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 use your product?
- Do you have the right skillsets on your team to turn your idea into a product and bring it to market?
- 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 what data you are using from the Colorado Information Marketplace (this is a requirement straight from the rules).
- Use of data sources is the most heavily-weighted of the judging criteria.
- Public data, by definition, is available to all. How are you adding value to the data and delivering it to a business decision-maker? We created a framework to characterize how you’re adding value. Use these terms when you describe how you are using the data.
- 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.