What is a Hackathon?
What is hacking and how does a Hackathon work? - Hacking is a term of art used to describe the process of dialog and creative thinking that occurs when multi-disciplinary groups and people come together in a structured environment to generate new ideas and solutions.
Participants of a hackathon will get 60 seconds to pitch a problem (sometimes referred to as a pain point) to an audience made up of other participants and mentors. After completion of the pitching session, participants will informally discuss ideas among themselves. From there, they will independently form teams with others that have similar interests with regards to pain points. The diversity of the participant’s results in the formation of team members united in solving a particular problem, but often possessing a variety of different skill sets. Uniting people with different expertise, backgrounds, and industry experience is what sets a Hackathon apart.
The unique integration and collaboration that occurs only during a Hackathon is why it has been so successful in generating novel solutions.
A Hackathon concludes with final team presentations to an esteemed panel of Judges chosen for their experience, knowledge base, and proven track record of success. The panel will ultimately decide the winning teams that are judged to have the potential to take their ideas and solutions to the next stage of development.
See our 2016 Mentors
See our 2016 Judges