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Hackathons in software engineering education: lessons learned from a decade of events

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Publication Details
Authors: Porras Jari, Khakurel Jayden, Ikonen Jouni, Happonen Ari, Knutas Antti, Herala Antti, Drögehorn Olaf
Publisher: IEEE
Publication year: 2018
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: International Conference on Software Engineering
Title of parent publication: Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering
Journal acronym: ICSE
ISBN: 978-1-4503-5750-0
ISSN: 0270-5257
eISSN: 1558-1225
JUFO-Level of this publication: 2
Open Access: Open Access publication


are currently a hot topic in industrial learning settings. Like intensive collaborative courses (e.g. code
camps), hackathons have been shown to be successful tools for learning.
However, current research has failed to adequately compare the two approaches
with respect to who benefits, which stakeholders are involved, and what the
practical arrangement differences are. We used a literature review, our own
multi-year learning experiences, and written and interview material from
students and industry participants to present an overview of hackathons and
code camps. Based on the results of
our analysis, we present a taxonomy, based on our experiences, to help
practitioners decide which kind of intensive event approach is suitable for
them, depending on their industry and educational needs. This synthesis and the
study results provide the first steps towards a functional definition that
covers intensive collaborative working events involving real-life problems,
such as code camps, hackathons, and 24-hour innovation workshops. Currently,
the terminology is diverse, but there are commonalities and differences across
each of these events and their purposes.

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