The goal of a hackathon (or hack day) is almost always the same: for talented Developers to create an innovative, practical or simply funny software following the requirements of the organizer. Sometimes – and then is where the magic happens – participants with different backgrounds in coding complement each other perfectly! Often hackathons are limited to a specific topic or coding language. That´s why it is always better for a hackathon to start off with lectures and presentations, in order to clear the participants´(bright) minds before they start brain storming. Suggestions are made and ideas are collected, so that teams of different interest and abilities can be formed. Often, the coding can take several hours, or days!
For example, the Hackathon of the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Conference (2-3 December 2017) saw developers and engineers from all over the world taking part in a 24-hour hacking endurance test. The various teams were formed to build a new software and to present it afterwards on stage to the judges and an audience of thousands.
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