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Sociologists Examine Hackathons and See Exploitation | WIRED
“They’re just trying to squeeze the innovation out of [their workers],” she says.
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april 2018 by libbymiller
Sociologists Examine Hackathons and See Exploitation | WIRED
The irony is that, regardless of whether hackathon participants willingly participate in self-exploitation or are simply having fun and learning, they rarely produce useful innovations that last beyond the event’s 36 hours. Startup lore has plenty of tales of successful companies that were created at hackathons—a popular example is GroupMe, the messaging app created at a TechCrunch hackathon, which sold to Skype for $85 million one year later. But such examples are rare. “Hacks are hacks, not startups,” Swift wrote in a blog post. “Most hackers don’t want to work on their hackathon project after the hackathon ends.”

Hackathons are not particularly effective as recruiting strategies for large companies, either, the study finds. But they sell the dream of self-improvement via technology, something companies want to be associated with regardless of any immediate benefit to their bottom line. As symbols of innovation, they’re not likely to go anywhere anytime soon.
fusechange  hackathons  tech 
april 2018 by corrales
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march 2018 by mrchrisadams
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march 2018 by jordanc
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march 2018 by baddeo
The Official 2017 Season North America Hackathon Schedule // Major League Hacking
Find, compete, and earn points for your school at the largest, most diverse student hackathons in the world.
hackathons  hackers  events  programming  competition 
august 2017 by cyberchucktx

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