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7 Hot Hackathons Worth Watching

Whether or not you're a developer, hackathons offer a lot to pique your interest. Take a look at seven hackathons that showcase the breadth of topics and creativity you'll find at these events.
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Although I've known about hackathons for years, I've never paid them much attention. I'm not a developer, so I assumed there was nothing of interest for me. All of that changed recently when I attended a conference that included a hackathon surrounding the topic of software-defined networks -- a topic that interests me greatly. For the first time, I was able to see what a hackathon is all about -- and the incredible potential they have in moving technology forward.

What I learned is that you don't need to be a developer, or even an active participant, to become interested in hackathons. You can simply marvel in the products others come up with within the guidelines of the particular hackathon. The amount of creativity and potential for real-world application is astounding, especially considering the limited amount of time most hackathons provide.

If you are like me and you look hard enough, you will almost certainly find a hackathon or two that will interest you enough to follow and monitor the outcomes. Hackathons span just about any topic you can imagine. Some focus on a specific technology, programming language, or piece of hardware. Others seek the answer to a problem -- whether it's driven by monetary, social, or any other interest.

Here, we've surveyed seven past, present, and future hackathon topics that illustrate the wide spectrum of subjects out there. Some are fairly broad -- such as a hackathon for mobile device applications. Others drill down further -- such as creating an application for a specific piece of mobile hardware. Hackathons can also revolve around specific market verticals, such as retail, finance, or healthcare. Finally, some hackathons are created to assist with a good cause -- typically to solve a complex problem using technology.

Take a look at some of the hackathons we found especially interesting. Then, in the comments section below, please share your hackathon experiences, or let us know if we've convinced you to start paying more attention to the wonders and offerings of the hackathon movement.

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User Rank: Ninja
9/7/2015 | 11:42:21 AM
Re: Other Hacks

Yes you are correct!

This is a great list and I am particularly looking fowards to the MIT Grand Hack as well as the Grand Pebble Hack for the UIs they will develop today and going ahead for the future.

User Rank: Ninja
8/31/2015 | 1:17:59 PM
Re: 7 Hot Hackathons
Most of my generation grew up hearing stories about how some of the all-time greats built their software during all-night marathon sessions in cramped college dorm rooms alone or with freewheeling collaboration. Maybe it's no surprise, then, that we tried to replicate this effect with the hackathon. I've been quite pleased, too, to hear big companies investing in hackathons and looking at them as ways to acquire new talent or train existing talent. The more of that magic that rubs off on the enterprise, the better.
User Rank: Apprentice
8/26/2015 | 9:23:50 AM
IBC Hackfest 2015, 65000 attendees. 3 days and 2 nights. Heart of Hall 5 at RAI
Why should you attend IBC Hackfest in Amsterdam, September 11-13th 2015?

1. The hackathon is held in the heart of the world's largest international broadcasting conference at the RAI in Amsterdam, the world's greatest party city!
2. A jury of top broadcast industry executives will be judging your work
3. There's over 5000 euro in cash prizes for Best Hack, Best Design and Best overall commercial concept. Plus prizes from our partners who will also set challenges!
4. Twitter, Amazon and other partners will have mentors and APIs available at the event. Hang with top developer evangelists from major technology companies
5. Free food, Free drinks, two free parties - one pre hackfest and one post hackfest
6. You can stay overnight at venue if you bring your own bedroll, pillow and blanket. Save on hotels!
7. There will be over 65,000 broadcast industry executives attending www.ibc.org - they will be watching you!
8. Build cool stuff and meet new people.
9. There will be technology teams and scouts from major broadcasters competing alongside you and looking for new talent. You could be hired!

Sign up at www.bit.ly/ibchackfest today.
See IBC event at www.ibc.org
User Rank: Apprentice
8/24/2015 | 12:28:58 PM
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