2) The Designer
This is the person who makes the MVP visually appealing to the judges. When you participate in a hackathon, you often have days to ideate, create and produce your product.
However you have a maximum of 10 minutes to present the product or MVP to the judges. That is why first impressions matter a lot, especially in a short and rapid presentation. It is human nature that something that is visually attractive will catch the eye, and this is clearly applicable to the hackathon judges who must make decisions in a short amount of time.
Unbiasedly it can be based on image. If the interface of the MVP or website is attractive to the eye and stylish in nature, you are likely to draw in the audience’s interest and hold it.
What makes designers useful in hackathons is that they can take something scrappy and rough and make it stylish and user friendly by adding colors, text, branding and making the innovative differentiators come to life in a visual way.
They can do this through brainstorming with the Techie as to find out what is possible and what the team wants to highlight as being the core features of the product to make it stand out amongst competitors.