What is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon, otherwise known as a hackfest, codefest or datathon is a design sprint-like event where individuals from a diversity of backgrounds come together to collaborate on designing solutions to solve challenges which fall under specific themes or global challenges the world is facing.

How are Hackathons normally Run?

Ideally, each team will have a programmer or software developer who will be able to create a working prototype that demonstrates their idea in a proof-of concept to present their MVP (Minimum viable product) to a panel of judges. The judges will then assess each idea based on a number of criteria before the winning team is chosen.

What is the goal of a Hackathon?

The goal of a hackathon is to solve challenges over the course of the event and create a fully functioning usable software or hardware product by the end of the event. Most hackathons are time-bound, and take place over 24-48 hours, to a whole weekend and usually include a prize for winning teams.

What about Hacks in a Hurry?

At Hacks in a Hurry, we decided to challenge the status quo of Hackathons. It is our attempt to “hack” the concept of hack-a-thons and make them way faster. Instead of taking an entire weekend to ideate, test and validate proof of concept, hackers attempt to do all of this in 1-2 hours instead. 

Parkinson’s Law is the old adage that work expands to fill the available time allocated towards a task’s completion. What if we tried to shrink that amount of time?

In order to do this, we’ve decided to create a new breed of hackathons. 

The “Ultra-hackathon”. 

Guided by a comprehensive toolkit of problem-solving questions, a problem-solving video training series beforehand and a special slack channel, we aim to iterate and constantly “hack-test” our concept of an “Ultra-hackathon” while giving participant hackers a way to shrink the entire hackathon process.

If not you, then who?

If not now, then when?