What is the difference between hackathon and a regular training? At the training participants passively listen as the instructor goes through the lecture. At the hackathon you are given a list of challenges and you get to learn by doing them.

Traditional Training vs Hands-on Hackathon

Online vs In-Person Hackathon

OnlineIn-Person
Challengesthe samethe same
Help Of Subject Matter Expert+ +
Documentation++
Follow-ups++
Interaction between co-workers++
Certificates of accomplishment++

You get the same quality of training, challenges and support. We continuously invest in our online training platform to improve your experience.

How we are different

Experience. We have done hackathons for hundreds of people all over US, Canada and Mexico. We constantly improve hackathon as we get feedback.

Our specialists have lots of hands-on experience with technology. They are developers, architects or team leads when they do not run hackathons.

We can customize the hackathon to better match your industry’s demand. Your industry has some widely used technologies. We can adapt those technologies into our hackathon to make it more relevant.

It’s easy to relate to hackathon challenges when the examples are from your industry. We adjust the challenges so examples are more relevant. For example, if your industry heavily utilizes XML with no plan to switch to newer formats, we can modify our hackathon to be XML based.

We only run corporate hackathons. We value work hours of participants. We do not run 24 hour or 48 hour hackathons. Those are for students and not for companies.

Customize tools. We adapt the hackathon to the one that you want to use. Not sure what your want to use? Before hackathon schedule a technical discussion with one of our experts.

Hackathon Schedule

Hackathon is 1 to 3 days event. The length changes depending on background of the participants, they availability. Below is an example of a two day hackathon.

Day 1

TimeActivity
8:30 – 9:30Technical presentation. It’s very interactive and we get to learn the background of participants.
9:30-12:00Depending on the background of participants we either start the hackathon or continue the presentation with many small exercises.
12:00 – 1:00Lunch time.
1:00-1:30Rules of the hackathon are explained
1:30 – 5:30Depending on the background of participants we either start the hackathon or continue the presentation with many small exercises.

Day 2. It assumes that the first day was fully spent on technical presentations.

TimeActivity
8:30 – 9:30Technical presentation, rules of the hackathon are explained
9:30 – 12:00First part of the hackathon. The challenges are low to medium complexity. They are mostly used to get participants familiar with the technology, make the first steps.
12:00 – 1:00Lunch time.
1:00 – 1:30Second technical presentation. It’s used to prepare participants for more difficult challenges.
1:30 – 5:00Second part of the hackathon.
5:00 – 5:30Final presentation, winners are announced.

On the second day we either continue with the challenges given on the first day or add more complex challenges.

Self Learning vs Hackathon

Everyone in IT has to constantly update skills then why hackathons?

  1. Saving money. While your employees are studying at work with different degree of success you still need to pay them. Hackathon uses this time more efficiently.
  2. Saving money. Technologies taught at the hackathon are expensive. Specialists who know them charge significantly more money. With hackathon you can keep your people and give them new skills.
  3. Saving time of your employees. The hackathon is designed to provide practical skills. Those cannot be learnt from books and tutorials.
  4. Challenges. Many employees after working with the same technologies get disinterested. They need new challenges. Hackathon is based on challenges.
  5. Networking. When people think about networking they mostly think about external networks. Those at work matter the most. At hackathon people get to know people from other team, departments. They can later solve problems together.

Delivery

We can run hackathons online, on your premises or at one of our venues. If you want hackathon in a different city of US, Canada or Mexico contact us.

Toronto Downtown

  • Queen and Spadina
  • Bathurst and Bloor

Toronto Airport

  • Airport Road

Ottawa

  • Albert St and Metcalfe St

New York City

  • 11th avenue and 26th street

Certificate

Every participant of the hackathon gets a verifiable certificate. Top three at every hackathon get special certificates that show their achievements.