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Are Hackathons the True Cradle of Tech Innovation?

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Prove me wrong! The most innovative tech ideas are born in hackathons.

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Mohammed Hamza (Horse Radish)

I wouldn`t say the true cradle, but it's a fuse.
the gathering and healthy competition ignite positive senses of community and being a force that could change or add.
without fearing errors and losing.

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Joe Mainwaring

Calling it a fuse is a good analogy - Hackathons do produce innovation, but true innovation occurs at scale - something you can't achieve in the scope of a hackathon.

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Geri Máté 🎬

I think hackathons are efficient to craft an idea because it puts smart people in the same room and makes them fully focus on a solution to a problem for hours

But I wouldn't say hackathons are the only place where the best ideas are born

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Joe Mainwaring

Prove me wrong! The most innovative tech ideas are born in hackathons.

As someone who enjoys participating in Hackathons, I have to respectfully disagree. Yes, innovation does occur in Hackathons, but true innovation happens at scale - something that's outside the scope of hackathons.

Plus, let's not discount that often, innovation occurs before code is written. Pitch decks sell ideas of innovation to secure funding in order to produce said innovation at scale.

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Matt Ellen

I will admit one start up I have worked for came out of a hackathon, so it's not unheard of that good ideas come from them. The start up failed, but the idea was good.

On the other hand, so many good ideas come from other places, suggesting that hackathons are the main hub is blinkered.

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Khairunnisaas

yess that's true... and i still don't know how people who are participating in hackathon is very creative