Hackathons are a gathering of people, often in form of a competition, where the participants have to design and create a fully working software/digital tool/app in a short span of time, ranging from a day to one week.
Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API.
Usually specific digital tools are used, depending on the way and goal of the hackathon.
Not only in the digital sector, hackathons are more and more diffused as a format to design and implement ‘technological artefacts’ (softwares, hardwares, apps…) in a short span of time, generally in a contest.
In our cases, there is often no restriction on the type of software being created, but the emphasis is on the soft skills development related to the workgroup format and the goal-oriented attitude that has to be put into place when asked to develop a software in – for instance – a two day workshop.
Hackathons may work also with big audience of 60/70 participants, but then there will have to be many mentors/facilitators.
Assessment is done by direct observation, peer review and providing feedback.
In most cases, hackathons are structured as competitions where the winner(s) (often many/one per category) are elected by a jury of experts or by peers.
In some cases, the main goal is to develop a REAL unique digital solution/tool/app/software, so the winner is the one who proposes the best one, which is afterwards implemented.
Usually, especially if transposed in the HE sector, when one or more winners are awarded, the prize should not be monetary, and not too extensive to avoid a sense of competition that would impair the cooperation, fundamentally when the main goal is to develop soft skills in participants.
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