[Haskell-cafe] "Hackathon"

Alois Cochard alois.cochard at gmail.com
Thu Aug 28 18:39:59 UTC 2014

I didn't realize there is such a competitive aspect in a "real" hackathon
(which, to be clear I never attended).

>From what I experienced at ZuriHac, I had the feeling there was two side to
the event. Certain persons where pretty much in the "getting-things-done",
taking the opportunity to be together and achieve great things in a small
amount of time.

Definitely not for the competitive aspect (at least I never felt it that
way), but more for getting things done.
There was other folks like me who actually didn't wrote much code, but
spend time discussing/socializing/helping/...

So I understand it's not sticly a hackathon, I think it would be nice to
have the word "community" in it as it's really what is at the core of such

On 28 August 2014 19:50, Tikhon Jelvis <tikhon at jelv.is> wrote:

> I ran into this issue when telling people about Bay Hac. In college, at
> least, "hackathon" has acquired a pretty specific meaning: a *competitive*
> coding marathon, often with prizes. Bay Hac, on the other hand, was really
> more like a mini-conference: talks, sessions and lots of socializing, but
> no competitive aspect at all. (Personally, I like this quite a bit more
> than a normal hackathon!) I didn't want to send the wrong impression, but I
> also didn't know what else to call it except for "hackathon".
> Even though BayHac had *some* aspects of a hackathon, I still don't think
> it's a great description. If focuses on the wrong aspects. In my view, the
> most important parts of BayHac were educational and social, and it was
> incredibly valuable even if you didn't finish or even work on a project.
> This is pretty much the opposite of most actual hackathons I see; even when
> they have some focus on education, they still tend to be heavily
> "getting-things-done" project oriented.
> I'm really not sure what the best noun to use is, but I'm leaning towards
> describing it as a mini convention or conference.
> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 7:23 AM, Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Alois Cochard <alois.cochard at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> In fact Zurihack felt pretty much like a coding marathon, I'm not sure
>>> if the "not sleeping" thing should be considered as part of the definition
>>> of a hackathon...
>> IMO it's not; the difference is one of focus, more specifically is there
>> one or a small number of specific projects or is there a larger slate of
>> things that one can pick and choose from and which may well change their
>> form based on participation *plus* unorganized gatherings
>> (socialization/"hallway track"). My "hacker-con" take on the second form
>> implicitly recognizes that the "hallway track" may well be as continuous as
>> it is at many other conventions....
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