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The History and Evolution of the Hackathon

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The History and Evolution of the Hackathon

  1. 1. HISTORY | GREP ‘HACKATHON’ BY JON GOTTFRIED FOR OPEN TECH NYC 2013
  2. 2. HI. I’M JON GOTTFRIED Developer Evangelist at twilio Conductor of the StartupBus Co-Founder of the Hacker Union @JonMarkGo
  3. 3. HACKATHONS ARE A BIG DEAL
  4. 4. HACKATHONS PER MONTH ON HACKERLEAGUE
  5. 5. PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999
  6. 6. OPENBSD • June 4-6, 1999 • Focus on IPSEC • Calgary, Alberta • 10 developers • communal
  7. 7. SUN MICROSYSTEMS • June 15-19, 1999 • Palm V • John Gage challenge • competitive
  8. 8. HACKATHONS != STARTUPS
  9. 9. 2005 - SUPER HAPPY DEV HOUSE
  10. 10. FACEBOOK
  11. 11. 2005 - BARCAMP
  12. 12. 2006 - YAHOO!
  13. 13. 2007 - STARTUP WEEKEND
  14. 14. 2009 - MUSIC HACK DAY
  15. 15. 2010 - HACKNY
  16. 16. 2010 - TECHCRUNCH DISRUPT
  17. 17. 2011 - ANGELHACK
  18. 18. HACKATHONS PER MONTH ON HACKERLEAGUE
  19. 19. HACKATHON MOTHER SAUCES • Startup Hackathon • Open Source Hackathon • Competitive Community Hackathon • Brand Hackathon • Non-technical Hackathon
  20. 20. STARTUP HACKATHON • Not purely technical • More practical concepts • Mix between slides and demo • Pre-pre-incubator
  21. 21. OPEN SOURCE HACKATHON • Pure community event • No financial incentive • No pitches, just demos • Focus on a particular technology
  22. 22. COMPETITIVE COMMUNITY HACKATHON • Prizes galore • Pitch is important • Practicality is secondary
  23. 23. BRAND HACKATHON • Prize is the incentive • Brands want developer mindshare • Brands want demo apps • Not community focused
  24. 24. NON-TECHNICAL HACKATHONS • “Ideathon” • Business plan iteration • Concept pitching • Slide decks galore!
  25. 25. DOLLA DOLLA BILL Y’ALL • Developer Mindshare • Proof of Concepts • Press • Lead Generation • Community Support • Recruiting • Free Labor
  26. 26. WHY DO WE HACK? • Love • Press • Money • Education • Community
  27. 27. WHAT IS NEXT?
  28. 28. HACKING IS ART
  29. 29. THANK YOU! Jon Gottfried Developer Evangelist at twilio @JonMarkGo jon@twilio.com

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