How To Run a Hackathon
Invite bright, creative, diverse and
Throw a challenge – ask to invent an
innovative application and construct a
working prototype within a narrow time frame
(hackathons typically last between a day and
Assemble a team of judges (usually from
organizers and sponsors). >>
Provide resources and refreshments.
Offer appealing prizes to the winners.
Facebook ‘Like’ button and Facebook Chat
both emerged from hackathons.
A British railway company held a 48 our
hackathon on board a train. One of the
winning ideas was an app which scanned
carriages and alerted passengers to the
location of empty seats.
Disney holds four internal hackathons a
Mastercard holds at least 12 hackathons a
Dropbox runs a ‘hack week’ where employees
can develop any app they like.
The group messaging app company GroupMe
began as a project at a hackathon at the
TechCrunch Disrupt 2010 conference; in 2011
it was acquired by Skype for $85 million.
Why a Two-Days-Long Hackathon Is Better
than One-Day-Long Event
subconscious mind works millions of
times faster, but it cannot engage while you are
brainstorming. It can turn on and
ideate on autopilot while you are
doing something else or
brainstilling, especially while you are
So, when you wake up on the Day 2, you have
advanced ideas to work on. >>