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Two weeks to go – submit early!

There are two weeks left to enter your submission to the Natural Language & Text Analytics API Hackathon.  Submissions are due by 5 PM ET on February 22, 2021.

Your video is a major component of your submission. Here are some helpful tips for you to plan, create, and publish a winning video.

Get organized. Write out a script of what you need to say and demonstrate in your video and rehearse it before recording to be sure it is under 3 minutes. A good script should include:

  • Your elevator pitch of why you built your project.
  • A visual walkthrough of your project’s features and functionality.
  • An explanation of your API integration.
  • Real-life context and benefits to help judges understand and appreciate your project.

 Start Recording. The great thing about pre-recorded demo videos is that it doesn’t have to be perfect in one shot. Here are some suggestions for recording:

  • Use an emulator or create a screencast with audio narration.
  • There are many programs that might help you such as Quicktime Player for Mac and/or recording a Zoom meeting presentation.
  • Before you are done with your video get a friend or family member to watch it and give you feedback. 

Pro Tip: 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.  We cannot stress this enough!  There have been many times a submission becomes ineligible due to errors with video rendering and uploading.

We can’t wait to see your project and how you showcase it in your video.

Lights, Camera, Action!