Nothing useful hacks are being created at a hackathon – the lack of time to think about the problem statements, the lack of direction and objective, fuels the creation of Vaporware which tend to evaporate post the hackathon, as nobody works on it.
Participants tend to focus on the shiny thing. They tend to use ML, AI, Blockchain and other hyped technologies to make their ideas cool but end up wasting their time because they don’t follow that up with a delivery model that will truly transform their initiative.
The problem is with us, the organizers running hackathons, who haven’t changed in the way of resources, methods, processes and tooling. Which is why half the time ideas fall off the side of the desk after an event.
Also participants work tirelessly through the night, build something awesome, and present it to a panel of judges and leave the hackathon with maybe a prize or two, some new knowledge, a few new friends, and a bag full of swag.
But what’s next? What happens after the hackathon?