Creating a Winning Product Demo Video for the Worldwide AI Hackathon: A Guide for Contestants
The Worldwide AI Hackathon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for AI enthusiasts, developers, data scientists and AI startup founders to showcase their skills and creativity on a global stage. With top AI executives from corporations like Google, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, and Mastercard serving as judges, the pressure is on for hackathon contestants to deliver their best work. Besides the obvious tasks like planning and product developing, creating a demo video that stands out among your competition is no easy task. This guide will provide you with the tips and tricks to crafting a demo video that will leave a lasting impression on the judges and help you achieve the result you desire.

Keep it Short and Sweet

Eight seconds! That’s how long human attention span is, according to a Microsoft study in 2021. This means to capture the judges and your audience, how you came up with this product should be explained clearly right from the beginning. Give a brief description of the issue you're resolving or the current situation you're significantly enhancing. Always remember to be direct.
Here’s a few examples:
“We all know doing math homework is a total drag, so I created a robot to do it.”
Urban planning is one of the most complex professions in the world. The tools on the market are expensive, outdated, and use two dimensions when the world has moved to 3D. I wanted to change that.”

Focus on your Unique Value Proposition (UVP)

The demo video is the most important part of your pitch as it showcases what sets your project apart from others. Highlight the unique features and benefits of your product as much as possible and explain how it solves a specific problem. 
Also make sure your demo video highlights how your project helps the end-user and which pain point it alleviates. This will help the judges understand the real-world impact of your project and help you ace one of the scoring criteria of Worldwide AI Hackathon.

Show, Don't Tell

Use visual aids such as screen recordings, animations, and slides to highlight key features and functionality, demonstrate how the project works in real-world scenarios, and provide a visual representation of data and results. According to a study by Malhotra and Verma (2019), by incorporating visual aids into your demo video, you'll be able to effectively communicate your ideas and demonstrate the value of your project in a way that will be memorable and impactful for the judges.

Practice Your Delivery

Rehearse your demo video several times to ensure that you are comfortable and confident in your delivery. This will help you avoid any missteps and ensure that you are presenting your project in the best possible light. 
Determine what must be presented in the specified time. Mention any important technologies you employed or noteworthy technical difficulties you overcome in a brief manner. Any necessary content will be transferred to your clipboard so you may skip boring processes like generating login credentials. In order for your audience to understand a) what your project achieves, and b) that you have finished the major components of it, it is imperative that you demonstrate resolution to the problem you first identified clearly.
Your demo video is your chance to tell the story of your AI project and showcase the strengths of your hackathon team. By following the tips in this guide, you can create a demo video that is straight to the point, demonstrative and impressive. So, gather your team, unleash your full potential, and let's get started!

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