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Seminar: Hackathon Design Decisions and Their Effects on Hackathon Outcomes

Speaker:  Alexander Nolte, University of Tartu & Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract:
Hackathons and similar time bounded events such as codefests, data dives, edit-a-thons and others have become a global phenomenon. They cover topics ranging from creating innovative products and services to tackling civic and environmental issues, spreading knowledge and expanding communities. This proliferation has led to them being adopted in a variety of domains such as corporations, entrepreneurship, scientific communities, (higher) education, civic engagement, (online) communities and more. Given the amount of resources organizers and participants spend on each hackathon it thus appears surprising that little is known so far about how certain hackathon outcomes can be achieved and how to sustain them. In my talk I will focus on our work around understanding how preparation, execution and follow-up of hackathons can affect potential outcomes and foster their short- and long-term sustainability in different domains.

Biography:
Alexander Nolte is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Tartu, Estonia and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. His research interest is on understanding and supporting the collaboration of individuals. He particularly focuses on the impact and sustainability of timebounded events such as hackathons in the context of communities, corporations, IT entrepreneurship, higher education and civic engagement. Alexander received an MSc degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany and a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He previously worked as a visiting research fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Australia and as a postdoctoral research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
 

Friday, November 15 at 3:00pm

Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 435
1520 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Topic

Engineering

Audience

Current Students, Faculty & Staff

Tags

hackathon

Department

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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