Do you know what is a hackathon? This is one of the most frequently asked questions by customers because it is a new phenomenon. A hackathon is an event where developers, designers and creative people meet to program together.
Firstly, this event can be a hackaday but also takes half a day or several days as well. It can be located at an organization or in other areas such as in the Amsterdam ArenA where we organize our hackathons.
Secondly, it concerns software programmers, in the broadest sense of the word, because there is a strong link with programming. They have to come up with solutions to existing problems from technology in creating a new application or using existing applications in a new way.
However, other talents can also participate to the event because it can be interesting and useful to work on a challenge with different skilled people.
Those programmers and other relevant talents meet to program together and work on the challenge from multiple disciplines. During this event, the cooperation is necessary to have a good brainstorming and succeed in this challenge. In this way various perspectives come together and there are often solutions that specialists from a specific individual discipline would not have come up with. In the Netherlands we see that there are a lot of conceptual hackathons, but it is not always necessary to have developers on your hackathon, but a different target group may be more relevant to join.
The different possibilities to organize a hackathon
Now that you know the meaning of a hackathon, it can be interesting to know how to organize it. Later, we will present a number of examples, but first we would like to tell you more about what a hackathon can yield, thanks to the unique method.
First, you have to know a hackathon offers the opportunity to bring talents to work together on a specific challenge or problem, with different skills. Traditionally, this event is for programmers but now more and more other disciplines are also involved is the challenge to have a mix of competencies. All those talents have different ideas and competencies as they can work faster together than in traditional teams.
A hackathon can be very interesting for any kind of companies because it can bring as many creative ideas and solutions as possible for major problems and challenges. It can also start very concretely and take an important step forward in a short time.