Completing the 24 Hour Startup Challenge

#24hrstartup is one of the most satisfying challenges I've tackled in a long time.

This past weekend, hundreds of makers from around the community gathered together, taking part in the largest live-streamed startup event in the world. The premise of the challenge was simple: developers had 24 hours to ship a product. From design to development to launch.

And so they did. On November 18, over 88 apps were launched, taking over Product Hunt by storm.

I was one of these makers.


Over the course of these 24 hours, I shipped a product called Opsbot, a DevOps automation tool for indie makers. Here’s what I thought about the challenge.

It helped me focus

This is a controversial stance, but I found that streaming work through Twitch is very helpful to my concentration. Since I was a child, I’ve struggled with ADD, and focusing on one task without going off on a Wikipedia browsing or YouTube watching tangent has always been hard.

But surprisingly, while streaming, I had no issue with slacking off. It’s the most productive and motivated I’ve been in months. Knowing someone is watching you ship and having that constant pressure is quite helpful for my focus.

I’ve discovered that trick now. Time to make streaming a habit.

The community is amazing.

Throughout the challenge, the maker community was nothing but stellar. It alone made the experience 10x better than any other hackathon I’ve previously attended.

Everyone was extremely supportive, and the best example is debugging. Trust me, if it weren’t for a few viewers on my stream, I would’ve never figured out a few bugs while building Opsbot! The input from other makers and viewers in the chat was helpful and kept you awake and motivated.

Not only that, but we’d drop by each others streams and say hi. It’s was such a motivating moment to see a maker you know pop up in the chat!

This all comes to prove that the maker community is the most supportive community on the Internet, bar none. Without it, this challenge would’ve been radically different.

It was fun!

DANCE DANCE

This was an extremely fun challenge to complete. It was stressful at times, sure – sometimes I just crashed in my bed and looked at the ceiling out of debugging frustration and time constraints – but that frustration quickly turns into extreme satisfaction once you’re done with that obstacle or finishing the challenge.

The viewers are also a huge part of what makes it fun. Even in the stressful moments, when you were just quietly trying to debug, they’d come and spark conversation on interesting topics… or even start singing lyrics to Queen and Abba songs. (I’m looking at you, Kerr!)

Great work team!

Now, just want to cue a moment of applause to the whole #24hrstartup team - Pat, Melanie, and Armin.

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You guys united the community in a way never done before - much respect, and keep it up! Can’t wait for #24hrstartup 2019 πŸ˜‰

BTW - side note - look at the tasks done on Makerlog chart… that jump during the two days of the challenge! Really tells how you guys united the community.

Tasks done

Concluding

This was an amazing experience - it was better than any hackathon I’ve attended before, and an unforgettable experience with great people.

Thanks to all the viewers too - you guys rock!

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up to be notified for the Opsbot beta - it’s gonna rock! πŸ› 


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