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Top 15 things to bring to an Earth Day HackathonMay 27th, 2017 / by Alex Kinter


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Whеn you begin your оnlіnе registration уоur fіrѕt ѕtерs fоr ѕuссеѕѕ ѕhоuld bе preparation for networking, putting your game face on, being passionate about your initiatives, and being social in оrdеr tо get your business nоtісеd.

 

Knowing hоw to interact with уоur business contacts in person is vеrу important tо your bоttоm lіnе. To jumрѕtаrt уоur goals, hеrе are ѕоmе tор tірѕ thаt аrе sure tо help mоvе the progress along further.

ABOUT EARTHACK

The largest eco-friendly hackathon. EARTHACK, is a partnership between HackDFW and Earth Day Texas. As the largest Earth Day celebration in the United States, Earth Day partnered with HackDFW to produce an event on April 21-23rd, 2017 for an unforgettable weekend, where students and professionals could learn more about the Earth and the environment. Through events, partnerships, and programs, HackDFW helps reach students all over the world and provides the foundation for success in technology.

With over 1000 attendees at each event, HackDFW's first party events are the largest hackathons in Texas. They are a tech enthusiast's playground, allowing students and professionals to meet, form ideas, and execute within 24 hours. The events are forces for good in the community, bringing together many diverse groups for a weekend of fun, innovation, and learning.

These are the top must-bring items and things you should definitely consider taking with you for next time!



1. Mobile Device

It might sound like quite the no brainer, but a mobile device with wifi is a crucial item to bring. It can be a researching tool, networking tool if you don't have cards, or a way to share and show your works and projects. Just don't forget to put it it away when talking to people so you can really connect with individuals. Make sure no background processes running that could affect a positive and meaningful connection.

2. Business Cards

Sometimes you tend to rush out the door and forget that you left your business card holder in your sport coat pocket from the charity event gala from the night before. Just a brief reminder to stay organized and bring crucial materials for your cause/business which could benefit your movement. You don't always need an american psycho worthy business card, but instead just the effectiveness of the information exchange in the simplest form. For those who don't have business cards, it may be in your best interest to make a digital version and tell your newly connected that your movement has gone green and that you'll text it to them.

3. Laptop & Backpack

A great tір for tech driven entrepreneurs is tо іnсоrроrаtе key items іntо уоur go-to on the fly backpack. Being prepared with your own lines of code, graphics, or a presentation іѕ a grеаt wау to connect with people аnd rеѕоlvе social and environmental рrоblеmѕ іn rеаl tіmе. All уоu hаvе tо do is bring your A game, share and present your idea with conviction, and eductate people on its purpose and how it could benefit others.



4. Chargers

It іѕ important tо mаkе sure you pack couple of extra chargers for the best hackathon еxреrіеnсе. You want to make it аѕ рlеаѕаnt аѕ роѕѕіblе by рrоvіdіng multiple charging solutions for you and your peers. Consider taking an extra charger or two but also leave a spare at home incause you lose one you'll still have one at home waiting for you.

5. Healthy Snacks

During long hours of coding, designing, programming, and executing it is crucial to keep and maintain enough fuel in the tank. While there are many options, we feel that the best way to go is to have clean fuel for your mind and body. Having an optimal food source will allow you to maintain the energy and focus that is required at the event. Eating powerful, steadily burning, and light weight superfoods, instead of the common empty calorie meal, could have dramatic positive effects on your mood, focus, and energy levels. Stay aerodynamic and agile by checking out some of these tasty health food snacks that we happen to be huge fans of:

- Kale Chips by Rhythm Superfoods
- Heaven Mountain Goji Berries
- Bean Chips by Beanitos, Almond Butter Perfect Bars.

6. High Quality H20

It's difficult to overstate the importance of monitoring your water supply and staying adequately hydrated during long working hours. Considering that your body is made up of 70% water, almost every aspect of human function requires energy and h20. When you are more mentally active than usual, energy and water will tend to burn more quickly, so indeed we must make it a priority and necessity to get the best and most purest water in all of the land.



7. Pen & Paper

Nothing beats good old fashioned pen and paper when a super-mega relevant idea has arrived. Having the ability to demonstrate and draw precisely what you are envisioning in real time is second to none. Ideas and causes tend to resonate with people very quickly and if you figure out the best way to explain how your project works. You want to be able to get it out quickly before any brain fog rolls in and it dissipates.

8. Dry Erase Marker

It's such a terrible wasted effort when you walk up to a white board full of ideas ready to burst and the dry erase marker has bit the dust. Be prepared to collaborate in a co-working environment; This means brining your own dry erase marker of choice that wont leave you stranded under pressure.

9. Yerba Mate

Do you ever just want to blaze through a huge pile of work and remain utterly focused until you see it completely through? Well this sweet sparkling cola flavored super herbal drink made from leaves of the south american holly tree can give you that extra edge you might need. Yerba Mate is from the rain forests of south america and is made from top quality ingredients containing some of the most nutrient rich plants in the world, which provides a clean powerful and steady energy, without any crash. The combination of its vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are sure to ehance creativity, positivity, and induce a euphoric like mood boosting effect that lasts through your most demanding work sessions.



10. Brain Toniq

During a time where focus, energy, and good cognitive function are a must, bringing a few Brain Toniq vitality drinks with you is a great idea. It is the most effective elixir for peak performance. Instead of loading up on caffeine, sugars and chemicals - Brain Toniq is full of vitamins, minerals, super herbs, and coupled with agave nectar. It's fizzy tropical citrus flavor is highly enjoyable as well as beneficial to your many mental and cognitive systems. This drink is an amazing way to maintain steady energy and focus without the crash which can cause anxiety and unrest. For the experienced coder, Brain Toniq should be in your nutritional arsel due its increased memory perks.

11. Portable Battery Power

Let's assume that you're an honorable human being and you have let all of your friends borrow all of your extra chargers. You will need extra battery juice to keep your mobile devices powered and laptop charged at all times for any possible scenario. This will assure that under the most unexpected circumantace your presentation will be self-sustaining.

12. Portable USB Drives

Being proficient in data science is a big part of taking tech to the next level and into the marketplace, measuring results and tracking projections. This means being prepared and bringing portable USB drives with you at all times, on your keychain or in your pocket. Be ready at any moment to pitch, present and engage with your peers, mentors and prospects. Dare to be bold, be prepared with your data and think differently to inspire others.



13. Brand Flyers & Gift Giveaways

Not having the gift of gab these days is no excuse to not engage with your audience when you could be handing out brand swag to increase the number of impressions you make. Having a great call to action on your business flyers, with easily readible metrics and clearly communicated goals can have a significant impact. Plus its fun to make flyers!

14. A Reasearch & Collaborative Mindset

In the age of vast readily available information on a global scale via the internet, it becomes paramount to develop a fierce R&D mindset. Cut through the fog and find truths that resonate with your purpose and overall goals. Be ready for ideas to come from any unexpected area and recognize how to follow your intuition, as opposed to accidently disregard useful information due to bias. It takes time and a cohesive team to develop vast success. So make sure you are prepared to fulfil your role and afford credit where credit is due for optimum innovation.

15. Gratitude and Love for the Earth

Practicing the art of humility and gratitude when communicating ideas in a collaborative team setting, will make your message as easy to receive as possible. Using the proper packaging and clear communication will allow your initiatives to come across clear and exact - just how you intended them to be. Let us remember why we do what we do, and that our end goal is to create a more sustainable future as well as to maintain health and wellbeing of the entire planet. This means including everyone on a interpersonal level.

If уоu want to mаkе a social impact for a sustainable future in the marketplace, dоn't bе afraid tо collaborate on ideas for the best outcome.



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