A hackathon is a portmanteau of “hack” and “marathon”, which means that it’s a marathon for developers to create an application within a certain theme within a limited amount of time. Hackathons have been around since 1999 but have just hit the mainstream in the last couple of years.
If you think a hackathon is an intensive program to participate in, you’re correct! Hackathons are generally nerve-wracking, but they’re also great at testing one’s abilities and pushing them to the limits. Some hackathons last for several hours while some even last for a week, depending on the theme.
In the past there have been 24-hour hackathons that have yielded great results which turned into multimillion dollar companies in just under a year.
So, are you itching to get your hands started on that dream startup of yours? Why not host or join a hackathon?
In this article:
- Hackathon in the Philippines (Aug. 25, 2012) and TechCrunch’s Disrupt event (Sep. 8-9, 2012)
- Successful startups born from hackathons
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