What are Hackathons for?

Abstract

A swift execution from idea to market has become a key competitive advantage for software companies to enable them to survive and grow in turbulent business environments. To combat this challenge, companies are using hackathons. A hackathon is a highly engaging, continuous event in which people in small groups produce working software prototypes in a limited amount of time. F-Secure, a software product company, views hackathons as a possible solution to the fundamental business problem of how to make revenue from an idea, spanning the phases from creating the idea to producing a software prototype. However, hackathons pose the challenge of how to transform those promising prototypes into finalized products that create revenue and real business value.

DOI: 10.1109/MS.2014.78

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@article{Komssi2015WhatAH, title={What are Hackathons for?}, author={Marko Komssi and Danielle Pichlis and Mikko Raatikainen and Klas Kindstrom and Janne J{\"a}rvinen}, journal={IEEE Software}, year={2015}, volume={32}, pages={60-67} }