What is a Hackathon?

A brief introduction to the World on Hackathons!
Hackathons are an incredible way to bring your community together to learn new skills, build amazing projects, and share ideas. A hackathon is best described as an “invention marathon”. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build & share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. You don’t have to be a programmer and you certainly don’t have to be majoring in Computer Science!
MLH Presents: What is a hackathon?
If you're familiar with in-person hackathons and are curious about how the fundamentals translate to the digital space, we've outlined some of the key differences and our recommendations below:
Checkin using an online form
In-person check-in process
Opening Ceremony
Pre-recorded, watched on a live stream, viewable anytime
Live presentation, seen once
Live-streamed, viewable anytime
Live presentation, seen once
Meals, Snacks, and Drinks
Hackers provide
Organizers provide
Online multiplayer games, trivia tournaments, and more
Cup stacking, trivia, video game tournaments
Shipped to hackers after the event
Hackers collect swag bag at check-in
Hacker Interactions
Via Discord or Slack across all attendees
Via Discord or Slack, or In-person with hackers nearby
Sponsor interactions
Hackers join office hours dedicated for the sponsor
Hackers approach sponsors at their tables
Pre-recorded demos submitted on Devpost, available to view after submissions
Live demos
Closing Ceremony
Streamed pre-recorded videos by organizers, viewable during and after the event
Presented live by organizers, with sponsors on stage