It has been long since organising a hackathon (codefest) ceased to be the exclusive domain of technology companies. It is also successfully practised in other industries. If you are thinking about organising such an event in your company or want to become its sponsor - we will tell you what you should keep in mind to make the event successful.
Experts estimate that by the end of 2017 expenditures of companies in the world for technological solutions will exceed 3.5 trillion dollars. The demand for qualified engineers in the IT industry is constantly growing. However, there are still fewer top-class specialists than attractive jobs they can take. This puts out a new challenge to employers - how to attract the best candidates to their teams? We will show you a few ways how to make this process more efficient.
Depending on what the company of institution organizing a hackathon is expecting, the event can take many forms, involve different people and have different goals. The general principle is always the same – at a certain time and place (if a hackathon is stationary) specialists from different areas of new technologies come together in teams to work together on solving a problem or creating something new.
The biggest companies in the technology industry (and other industries as well) are known for constantly investing in the development of their employees, whom they see as the most precious element in the functioning of the entire corporate machinery. What is it that they do to foster their employees’ ingenuity and promote innovative thinking?
Why are some companies viewed as more innovative and creative than others? What to do in order to make the workspace in your company favor new ideas and unusual decisions? Here are a couple of tips derived from observing the workspace in companies such as Facebook, Virgin Airlines and IDEO.
Hackathons are more and more often seen as an effective non-standard way of recruiting new employees. For organisers, it’s a great opportunity to gather in one place many specialists engaged in creating new technologies and, after identifying those of their competencies they are interested in most, to offer them a job.
PayPal is an American giant who is the international leader in payment services allowing sending and receiving payments online. See how it uses hackathons to recruit the best employees.
Hackathons are a great way to recruit new employees. Technological companies are well aware of this fact and they more and more often use them as means of finding new people for their development, testing or analytical teams. But is it true that such a recruitment process makes sense only in IT?