Jonathan White • about 9 years ago
Picking the Finalists
From the rules and the main page of this site it appears that you will be picking the 5 finalist by virtue of their submission time only (of course meeting the requirements as well). This is a terrible idea:
1. Your requirements are loosely defined and not testable with the current submission requirements
2. Picking the first 5 who meet the requirements will result in a very poor competition
Let me explain #2. If you select the first 5 that MEET the requirements you will most surely ignore any submission after those 5 that may EXCEED the requirements. The simple fact of the matter is if I spend more time on my submission I can make sure it’s the BEST submission I can make. Someone who puts marginal effort in their submission will most likely be the first ones to submit.
This circumstance, coupled with the poor requirements, makes me think the organizers of this challenge have absolutely no idea what they are doing. The rules were definitely not written by someone who has ever developed a technical product before.
The only real suggestion I have, if you actually care about getting the BEST product to help the homeless veterans (like I do), is to scrap the entire rules set and start over with someone who knows what they are doing. As it stands now this challenge looks more like a joke than anything.
Sorry for the brutal honesty, but there is a good amount of money and people’s lives at stake here and I do not take this stuff lightly. Helping the veterans should be our number one priority. As the rules are written, you will not succeed in achieving that goal.
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