Hackathon – some productive ideas behind


Do you know what a hackathon is or ever been to any?

Call it hack day, hackfest or codefest, when ever coders, programmers and technical brains meet, the result is creative, innovative and informative. Hackathon is when experts come together to solve social, economical, technical or business problems through technology.

Here’s an excerpt from the post that I wrote my on Sheroes about my experience with a hackathon

What do you think a large group of hi-tech software developers, application programmers and product managers will do together? You are right, they will either indulge in a never-ending project meeting or, work on making a really innovative, creative and out-of-the-box product.

Seventeen-years-ago, 10 software developers came together in Calgary, Canada, to find  a way to avoid legal complications while importing cryptographic software from United States. This is how the term hackathon originated, and since then such events are being conducted globally for software advancement and innovation.

Last week, I was at a college for campus hiring where some bunch of enthusiastic engineers were participating in a hackathon, brainstorming on developing a secured mobile application that will give students access to the examination room even if they forgot their physical ID cards.  I had the opportunity to witness two days of sheer learning, debating, brain racking and collective innovation and that’s when I learned what really happens at a hackathon. Click here to read the full post.

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  1. While hackathone is a brainstorming by experts to find out solutions for social, economical, technical and business problems using technology, we in Trivandrum, the capital city of Kerala state in India coined a word WALKATHON for creating awareness among people on the importance and necessity of indulging in morning walk daily to keep mentally and physically fit.
    What we did was to give wide publicity amongst the residents of Trivandrum to join for a one kilometer up and down walk in the early morning daily, by commencing the programme inaugurated by the Governor and Chief minister of the State. Since it was for WALKing daily as a physical excercise, we called it walkathon.

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