You or your team have worked hard on an app submission and now it’s time to sell your idea to the judges. But even a great app idea can fail if not presented correctly. Likewise, a less spectacular app will stand out with a great presentation. Whether it is in person or an online submission, follow these tips to stand out among your competitors.
Don’t forget your problem statement
Don’t lose sight of the problem your app is trying to solve. It’s easy to get lost in the technical functionalities of your app and lose sight of the big picture. Keep the problem statement short and dive right in.
Tell a story
To stand out in the crowd, it’s important to pitch something memorable or relatable. Stories are great at accomplishing both. Keep thinking of what that story will be throughout your development process. Not only will it help guide your app development but will require less stress when it comes time to present the story. Hint: Weave in that problem statement.
Read the directions
It’s something we’ve been told to do since grade school but is so often overlooked. The worst thing is to lose points because you missed a key criteria mentioned in the guidelines. Create a checklist upfront and check things off as you incorporate them.
Stick to essential workflows
Time is of the essence when you only have 3-5 minutes to present. There may be parts of your presentation that require basic or mundane flows. Consider setting up your demo in a way that you can skip these so you can focus on the juicy bits.
This applies more to live presentations where things can go wrong and you have no control over it. No one expects the app to work perfectly. So if you know the app might give up on you at certain points, have a backup plan in place. At the very least, make a joke and move on as soon as possible. Don’t get flustered and forget to close the presentation effectively.
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