Are hackathons the tech world’s one-night stands?

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At their best, hackathons have long been a solid tactic for companies / developers and ecosystems to accomplish many great things:

  • Do problem-solving

However, I am afraid that as of late, and increasingly so, hackathons have been turning into big, fat, archaic corporations’ way of saying to the rest of the world: ‘look, we are innovative too!’. This recent trend, in addition to the heated, fast-paced and ephemeral nature of the events leads me to compare them to one-night stands:

  • Your developers, designers and business development-people are the proverbial hormone-laden revelers. ‘Getting it on’ on the dance floor

The morning after (read: the next week) — team members split back up and return to the real world. Rarely does something lasting come out of the events; although I have seen odd, great exceptions to this rule (hey, some people find love from one-night stands, correct?).

Perhaps I am being a bit cynical here, but next time I join another hackathon — I will do it for the right reasons and save myself for ‘the real thing’.

Originally published at https://fernandoleon.co on April 5, 2020.

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Fernando Leon

The human side of tech. I ask the “why’s?”, “how’s?”, “who’s” and “when’s?” when others think just tech. Talk to me about travel, dogs or ecosystem innovation.