Hackathons are defined as a gathering of people coming together to build something in a short amount of time. While this has mainly been confined to software and developers, but in more recent years, hackathons have expanded to include many different disciplines and talents beyond technology. These collaborations have been imparted to draw those with skills reaching far beyond just code in order to create and innovate. Some of these gems turn into real businesses, while others are DOA by Monday morning.
Join us as we put the hard questions into the hands of our panel of hackathon producers including Matthew Tritico of BarCampNOLA (http://www.barcampnola.org), Travis Laurendine of Codemkrs (http://codemkrs.com/), and Bryan Joseph of the upcoming OpenSourceNOLA hackathon (http://www.opensourcenola.org/).
Some of the questions we will cover during the panel include:
• What types of hackathons are there and what are the pros and cons of each type? Open source, startup weekend/hackathons, competitive community hackathons, brand hackathons, non-techical, other
• Why do people hack? Love, press, money/prizes, education, community...
• Why do companies sponsor hackathons? Developer mindshare, proof of concepts, press, lead gen, community support, recruiting, free labor....
These are just a few, but would love to have you provide your reasons for loving or loathing hackathon events.
Include any questions in your RSVP, or tweet them to us (http://www.twitter.com/Net2NO) (DM if you would like to remain anonymous), or we will have a fishbowl for anonymous questions to be pulled from and asked to our panel during the live event.
Not riled up enough yet? Here are a few articles that play both sides of the great hackathon debate (to get your juices flowing).
The Death of Hackathons (https://medium.com/i-m-h-o/4e51c61c3ab1)
Something's Rotten in the State of Hackathons (http://www.alleywatch.com/2014/02/somethings-rotten-in-the-state-of-hackathon/)
How Hackathons Made me a Better Programmer (http://omegaortega.com/how-hackathons-made-me-a-better-programmer/)
Hackathon events: Do They Really Help Anyone? (http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2013/04/19/hackathon-events-do-they-really-help-anyone/)