Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, 1990s
An event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.
Examples of Hackathon in a sentence
"The coding summer camp always ended with a big hackathon and party before parents arrived."
"The hackathon competitors got to submit their ideas to a group of investors at the end of the week."
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You know the word marathon — any long-lasting event that requires great endurance, or, specifically, a running race of 26 miles and 385 yards. A hackathon doesn’t require sneakers, but you will find computer programmers hacking their way to the finish line of a new technology product or coding experiment.
Did you Know?
Hackathons are relatively modern inventions, bringing together groups of computer programmers to brainstorm the next big idea. A hackathon is usually more of a sprint than it’s marathon-ish name might imply. The event is a flurry of hard work over a few days, ending in lots of exciting new projects.