What is a Hackathon?

Apr 13, 2022 | Hackathon, Innovation


Hackathon: An Effective Innovation Tool


“What is a hackathon?” That must be the burning question you’re asking yourself right now as you read this post seeking answers. You may have a general idea of what a hackathon used to be: a codefest where programmers code a solution to a problem overnight, fuelled by energy drinks. However, it is much more than that now. Sure, hackathons started out in the tech world where the events were taken up by programmers. However, it has expanded to basically every industry since then because every company is now a tech company. You may be wondering what a hackathon is and the purpose of it, and lucky for you that’s exactly what we’re here to talk about!

So, why learn about what hackathons? They’re a great way for a company to bring together participants that solve complex problems and challenges. It promotes engagement either with internal members of the company or external community members like working professionals, students, or just some eager programmers wanting to challenge their skills. It can help source innovative solutions to real company problems while getting a wide variety of perspectives past senior management teams. Hackathons can be hosted far and wide to get the broadest scope of ideas possible, and access to unbelievable talent pools for more targeted recruitment.

Are we hitting some key points you and your company want to address? We talk about this and answer some more of your questions in our E-Book: “What Is A Hackathon?”

  • What is a hackathon?
  • What’s the purpose of running a hackathon?
  • What value does my company get out of running a hackathon?
  • Can I see some examples of successful hackathons?
  • Why would participants even want to attend my hackathon?
  • Are there any supports and resources to help plan my hackathon?
  • What is the difference between virtual and in-person hackathons?
  • Where do I start my hackathon planning?

Hackathon Fun Fact: Facebook’s Like Button Developed out of a Hackathon

Now’s your turn to learn about what a hackathon is. It’s time to think about what you want to get out of it and how you can get help from organizations to support you in running your hackathon. Have more questions after reading? Contact us and set up a free consultation to discuss the next steps!

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