The hackathon format: an analysis of its possible interpretations under a service design perspective

DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: de Götzen, Amalia; Simeone, Luca; Saad-Sulonen, Joanna; Becermen, Begüm; Morelli, Nicola
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Aalborg University, IT University of Copenhagen
Section: Prototyping
Page(s): 12
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254088


This paper intends to explore the hackathon phenomenon by reflecting over the experience of the authors as participants or organizers of 5 hackathons that took place between 2011 and 2017. The paper will analyse the way in which these hackathons were prepared and run and how their different formats affected both the selection of participants and the outcomes of the hackathons. Related issues such as self-organization vs. top-driven governance will also be investigated to propose some considerations on the creative serendipity one would expect from such events.

Keywords: Hackathons, participation, innovation, service design


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