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The hackathon essentials tab:

The Essentials tab is designed to collect the most basic information about your hackathon. This page provides tips and best practices for filling out the Essentials tab.

  • Name

    Try to be specific and informative when choosing your hackathon title. “Apps Against Abuse” is an example of an aptly named.

  • URL

    Choose a URL that includes some part of your hackathon name so that it is easy for people to remember. For example, the Patient Engagement App Challenge URL was

  • Time Zone

    All hackathons are set to (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time by default. However, if you’d like to use your local time zone, you can set that up here.

  • Tagline

    Good taglines include the name of the organization/group hosting the hackathon, what the hackathon is, and what people should submit. An example of a good tagline is: Transform the clinical trial experience for patients — submit apps that educate, engage, and empower participants enrolled in clinical studies.

  • Manager contact email

    Participants will have questions for you about your hackathon. We recommend including an email address that will be connected to a homepage button "Email the hackathon manager." The address will be publicly visible to users who click that link.

  • Design

    You’ll also be able to customize the look and feel of your hackathon site on this page. Using the help text for each section as a guide, you’ll be able to:

    1. Upload a square thumbnail image for your hackathon. This image will be used to represent your hackathon in places such as the Devpost discover page. The image must be a JPG, GIF or PNG file, up to 5 MB. For best results crop to 300x300 pixels.
    2. Upload one image to be used in the header banner section of your hackathon. The image must be a JPG, GIF or PNG file up to 5 MB. For best results crop to 1170 pixels wide (maximum height: 156px).
    3. Select a background color for your header area
    4. Select a hackathon name text color (if not header image is used)
  • Once you have filled out the Essentials section, continue on to the Homepage tab.

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