Yes, we told you to focus - but don't forget to look around. Talk to others, get to know them - and not just their projects. There is also so much to learn at a hackathon, as Nicolas Tribukait (Web Developer at SICK) points out: "Now I am a hack coach, but when I was a student at different hackathons, I learned so much just by talking to people and trying out different technologies. Two days at a hackathon gave me as much input as a whole semester of lectures at university - maybe even more!”
What to do instead:
New knowledge, new technologies, new people - a hackathon has it all. This is where you meet not just teammates, but real friends. Where you learn not just about technology, but about people from all over the world. Maybe your hack coach of today will be your colleague of tomorrow. Whatever you do, make your own hackathon experience as memorable as possible. "Try everything you find at the hackathon and make it an experience," suggests Roy Gollub (Integration Support Engineer, SICK). And don't forget to take a break from time to time and just enjoy where you are - at a hackathon!
-> Get (yourself) moving: Get out of your comfort zone and look around. Every hackathon strengthens your personal networks and increases your learning - so create not just a project, but an experience for yourself. And maybe in the end when you follow all these tips, you will also win the hackathon - or even the hearts of some people!