hack·​a·​thon | \ ˈha-kə-ˌthän How to pronounce hackathon (audio) \
plural hackathons

Definition of hackathon

: an event in which computer programmers collaborate intensively with one another and sometimes with people in other specialties over a relatively short period of time to create code usually for a new software product or service The goal of a hackathon is to create a prototype of an idea in record time—often over a single weekend. For the ambitious software developer, that usually means no rest or leafy greens.— Kristen V. Brown It's a hackathon—a contest to pitch, program, and present a functioning Android mobile application in 48 hours.— Steven Leckart In the past, she's led students in accessibility hackathons where they designed sensor systems for wheelchairs and a game for the blind.— Brittany Britto

First Known Use of hackathon

1990, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hackathon

hack entry 1 + -athon

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“Hackathon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hackathon. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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