What is a Hackathon?
A Hackathon is a collobarative soft- and hardware engineering event that aims at creative problem solving within a limited time frame.
At a hackathon you’ll meet up with a bunch of creative and enthusiastic people that like to challenge themself and work together to create fascinating solutions for future problems. The challenges during a hackathon can be as diverse and heterogenous as the technical setting sets them out to be. Therefore some hackathons focus on working with a specific type of hardware such as the alexa speakers for example while other hackathons design their challenges around a certain software such as SAP Hana to build and create new astounding tools. The challenge of a hackathon however doesn’t have to be centered around specific soft- or hardware. Some hackathons put their main emphasis on social change and finding creative ways to shake up and renew parts of our society for the better. That’s one way we pursue with our PFAFF HACK.
But don’t worry - you won’t be alone on your journey to tackle various modern-day challenges. Our PFAFF HACK is a colloborative and community-focused event that aims at bringing people together. We think that, even though a hackathon is a challenge to build the best prototypes, the main focus of such an event is the social aspect and working together. To best be able to achieve that we want to encourage every team to work together. Besides that you will be accompanied by our experienced mentors from Fraunhofer IESE throughout the whole event. They will be at your side in the process of developing your ideas and will help you reach your goals.
Is it about hacking sytems ?
No. Hacking should be understood as creative problem solving. To get the best idea of what hacking means, consider the word ‘lifehack’ - referring to a creative solution to an everyday problem. That is just the way you should think of a hack in the context of a hackathon and its challenges. Check out this for a deeper understanding.
Why is the event taking place over a weekend ?
Just like a real marathon the hackathon is supposed to be a challenge that needs some hard work to be able to finish. Also just like a real marathon it awards you with the feeling of having achieved something great. Think of it as the tech-geek’s marathon, because any tech-geek knows to work overtime to get the job done. In a hackathon however you will be doing this alongside other nice people motivated to reach the same goal.