I talk about this Product Hunt Maker Festival API Edition quite often for the past few weeks, mainly because I had built a product to join it.
Checking out the list, I think I m choosing a pretty niche angle to build my products. There are a total of three products only within that "3rd party integrations" category; it's a bit tough for the "web apps" category, there are likes ten plus product to join for the competition. Another thing is the idea is unique when you enter a competition what you worry often is what if someone building the same idea as you.
Although based on my Product Hunt launch vote count, I don't think I got any chances to win, but at least I can put a big green check on participle in Product Hunt Festival, something that I want to join since it launched long time ago.
Besides that the experience to learn something new ( GraphQL & Telegram SDK ) in such a short time and build a product out of it is valuable for me. Because of this experience, I m not afraid to start exploring some of the new technology. This is the biggest gain for me for joining this Festival.