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6 Reasons Hackathons Are Good For IT

Inviting developers to solve technical challenges can open organizations up to new ways of doing things. Here are 6 IT benefits of hosting a hackathon.
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If your organization has had trouble attracting the right technical talent, a hackathon might help. Hosting an event means face time with dozens or hundreds of coders, each eager to demonstrate his or her skills. A hacking event also exposes those people to the hosting organization's challenges and technology, perhaps enough to encourage them to consider applying for a job. 
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Recruitment

If your organization has had trouble attracting the right technical talent, a hackathon might help. Hosting an event means face time with dozens or hundreds of coders, each eager to demonstrate his or her skills. A hacking event also exposes those people to the hosting organization's challenges and technology, perhaps enough to encourage them to consider applying for a job.

(Image: niekverlaan via Pixabay)

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ChallengeRocket
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2/16/2017 | 6:34:08 PM
Re: Hackathons

Not necessarily. There are countless examples of the solutions conceived of during hackfests i.e. facebook chat, video conferences, notes, ads on mobile devices, time-lapse videos on Instagram, safety reports during crisis situation or the already iconic "Like it" button. Is not so much to build a fully functional tool within one day as to discuss some ideas and to check if they stand any real chance of implementation.


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9/10/2016 | 2:12:56 PM
Hackathons
Hackathons opened to the outside community sound great, for bringing in new ideas. In my experience though, most company hackathons are open to internal staff only, and thus seem like a way of forced comraderie, and squeezing more work out of employees in the off hours (24 hour hackathon that is really just part of your job?). No thanks if it is internal only.
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