Whether you are a developer, project manager or the CEO of a software house, you should read this article. Here I want to show you a great way to simplify the process of keeping up with all the latest trends in the world of programming. You probably heard about it at least once but let’s dig a little deeper to see the real advantages of organizing a Hackathon in your own company.
What is a Hackathon?
The idea of a hackathon comes from two words: hack and marathon, so putting them together we get a marathon of coding. The idea is that a group of people gathers together to code for 12-48 hours straight. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, to be honest, it is but it’s also extremely beneficial for your company.
An opportunity to experience new technologies
In most companies developers code in particular languages or frameworks. There is no time to test new innovative ideas during normal working hours. And that’s why a hackathon can be a space to do it. Not only it gives your team the opportunity to experiment a bit with something you haven’t tried before but also to exchange the experience you already have with your coworkers. What’s more, every team member can have their own personal goal that will help them become more efficient at their work.
Boosting creativity and gaining new ideas for your company’s development
Hackathons are fully about participants. They should be responsible for coming up with the idea, solving all the problems they might encounter during the process. By giving people the freedom to have their own ideas or create their own solutions to more complicated tasks, you give them the possibility of unleashing their creativity and therefore become more inventive and open. During hackathon it’s good to work in a non-standard way: you don’t need tests, code reviews, estimations, documentation. The thing that should matter is coding. This kind of an approach gives you the opportunity to face a different way of creating the product.
Building relations within the team
There is nothing better to connect people than working together for many hours. Research shows that the atmosphere is one of the most valuable factors in the efficiency and productivity of your team’s work. Creating a positive learning experience is a very valuable tool not only in a software house but also for all companies that want to grow and develop their business.
The idea of a hackathon is that people work very close to each other the whole time. A good way to do it is to make the groups different than usual so people can get to know the coworkers they don’t normally work with or experience tasks they haven’t done before. They can also see the whole process of developing something from scratch which for some can be even enlightening.