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A Hackathon’s Lead Time

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 formal registration of interest.

Employees should have a sufficient lead time to explore ideas, technologies, teams and resources. This is an informal preparation phase which should be supported by proper tools (systems to enable employees to structure their ideas, projects, teams; communicate their effort, ask for advice or help).

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  • Hackathons generate actionable ideas, strategic product concepts and process improvements.
  • Internal hackathons –organized within a company — provide a great way to inspire teams and promote creativity, collaboration, and innovative thinking.
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  • Announce the hackathon with clear messages and strong sponsorship from the leadership.
  • Frequently and consistently communicate updates on the timeline of the event, the number of participants, the availability of the resources.
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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 formal roles and titles and self-organize focusing on their mission: to create something novel and...

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 winners ability to use specialized resources (developers, equipment, software, services) — according to a...

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-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphi...

  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.
  3. Percentage of Actionable Ideas: the percentage of ideas that are worth further investment f...

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, effective collaboration and creativeness driven by enthusiasm towards a shared goal.

  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. Participation rules: defining who can participate (for instance full-time employees from particular ...

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