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How to setup and run a successful hackathon
If run properly, a series of hackathons can establish a stream of valuable ideas . It can also have a significant cultural effect within your team, potentially awakening a experimentation and innovation mindset This article will explain different types of hackathons. It will discuss objectives, success criteria, and other important considerations.

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Hackathon

A hackathon is an intensive, often software-centric, ideation, prototyping and presentation challenge on known or unknown problems or opportunities.

It is a design sprint-li...

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Some Benefits Of A Hackathon

  • Hackathons generate actionable ideas, strategic product concepts and process improvements.
  • Internal hackathons –organized within a company — provide a great way to inspire te...

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The Importance Of The Award

The most important though from a developer’s point of view is resources and sponsorship to drive the product/idea to the next stage. This could be the most inspiring award of all — the winne...

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The Hackathon’s ‘Run Time’

This is where teams work intensively to align their ideas, define the ‘product’, execute, review, iterate; the most exciting and creative part of the hackathon where employees forget their f...

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Steps To Running A Hackathon

  • Announce the hackathon with clear messages and strong sponsorship from the leadership.
  • Frequently and consistently communicate updates on the timeline of the event, the n...

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A Hackathon’s Lead Time

Lead time is a preparation phase, from the announcement of the event to the actual ‘hack-time’. This is about communicating the event to the employees, attracting attention and enabling form...

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Success Criteria For A Hackathon

  1. Participation rate: The target should be set after analyzing similar events within the same corporation and consider things like timing and focus.
  2. Volume of Ideas.

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Setting The Objectives Of A Hackathon

The main objective is to generate high-value actionable business ideas and product concepts. But a hackathon should also boost the innovation culture and further establish the idea-sharing, ...

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Major Attributes Defining A Hackathon

  1. Date, duration, lead time and venues: lead time is especially important in order to allow participants to prepare by discussing ideas, teams and collaboration scenarios.
  2. Part...

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A Good 24-hour Hackathon

  • Centers on the customer process or journey and supports a clear business target.
  • Involves employees from all relevant areas to find different ways of working a problem. 
  • Challenge participants to reimagine an existing method to try to find the most efficient way to improve the customer experience.
  • Sessions start with ideas but end with a working prototype.
  • Output includes a clear development path that highlights all the steps needed to accelerate production and implementation.
  • The hackathon concludes with a presentation to senior leaders, including a real-life demonstration of the new prototype and a roadmap of IT and other capabilities needed to bring the final version to market.
  • Once the teams agree on what to do, those responsible for execution create a virtual model that the group vets, refines and re-releases in continual cycles until the new process or app meets the desired experience criteria.
  • Management prevents the dissipation of enthusiasm and energy created on the hackathon by placing new processes to sustain it. 

Objectives For A Hackathon

The reasons to host a hackathon generally fall into two categories of objectives: participant-focused (Community Creation, Developer Engagement and Recruiting), or output-focused (In...

Community Creation

Hackathons can activate a tech-savvy community to rally around a cause and help. It often fosters the desire in the participants to keep working on the projects after the hackathon is over to see their projects implemented.

Developer Engagement

Hackathons can expose a community of developers to new technologies while the technology providers get in-depth feedback and the knowledge of watching how their tech is used “in the wild.”

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Reasons To Integrate Hackathons Into Your Business

  1. Hackathons bring employees together and increase morale. Exploring a project for hours together further bonds and most employees cooperate in teams instead of competing.
  2. Hackath...

The Hackathon

Is an event where people work tirelessly over a defined period of time to build something. Hackathons are most typically executed by engineers, but some companies have done hackathons with non-technical employees, such as sales.