Hackathons: Where's the value?

All the rage within the local tech space, hackathons are the go-to solution to source innovation. But when you look for returns, are they actually worth the cost of the beanbag hire and pizza?

10 March 2020

Not a week goes by, it seems, without a hackathon being announced somewhere in South Africa.

At these marathon coding competitions, which can last anywhere between 24 and 76 hours, contestants eat, sleep and sweat code. Adopted by public and private institutions alike, they’re seen as a quick-fire way to source ideas and talent. But, given the frequency, resources and effort involved, how many solutions generated at hackathons actually get implemented? And, are they worth the ROI for sponsors?

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