byBellsa28-07-201711:37 AM - edited 28-07-201705:16 PM
The term “hacking” may have a negative connotation whenever it is mentioned, even more so in this age with cybercrime and rampant viruses hitting the news every other day.
However, hackathons are the exact opposite of these. Just as the name suggests, hackathon is a combination of ‘hacking’ and a ‘marathon’.
Hackathons are usually organised in competition-style events, gathering like-minded programmers, designers, coders, and more tasked to solve a problem within a specific period of time. The solutions often leverage on technology, thus some hackathons are done specifically with only one coding programme used throughout. Some of the popular programmes used are Java, HTML5, and Ruby On Rails.
With the rise of mobile devices being the driving force of our digital lifestyle, it is also easy to imagine and accept hackathons dedicated to the major platforms. These, of course, will include the market leaders like iOS, Android, and MeeGo.
The best parts of hackathons are the outcome and benefits that it gives back. Besides encouraging a wider network among professionals alike, new discoveries and designs are made to solve from simple everyday problems to complex matters. This gives great advantage towards most organisations that depend highly on their IT departments to ensure smooth processes or SOPs.
So if you get the chance to attend a hackathon, challenge yourself to join! It’s a great opportunity to build your own solutions, meet like-minded people and most importantly, enjoy the experience and learn.
Don’t miss the Advoc8 Hackathon happening this weekend (29-30 July)! Watch the event live on Project Liber8’s Facebook page from 9AM-12PM and 7PM-9PM this Saturday.
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