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What is an online hackathon?

An online hackathon is a digital event that brings together people, especially from a tech background with similar interests, to innovate, brainstorm, and solve various predefined challenges within a specified time frame. Online hackathons are usually conducted with the help of a online hackathon platform or hackathon software. The aim of an online hackathon is often to create a working solution or prototype of a product or service.


Engage and innovate with top talent by enabling them to collaboratively solve organizational and real-world problems

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Engage with a community

Establish your employer brand within a diverse community

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Hire the finest campus talent

Hire top problem solvers and coders for your teams

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Streamline lateral hiring

Find the right leaders with the potential to create impact

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Engage your workforce

Enable your people to showcase their talent and foster collaborations

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Ideate and strategize

Crowdsource ideas to accelerate your business growth

Connect with our community of 1.2M innovators from across the globe

Hire


Reach out to a large set of participants, assess using a customizable platform and hire the best of the best

  • Challenge the participants with problems that they would tackle on the job

  • Assess domain understanding, business acumen and coding prowess

  • Assess situational judgment skills and ability to work in teams

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Online Ideathons


Easily conduct hackathons for innovation and idea crowdsourcing with Mercer | Mettl’s Ideathons platform. Our innovative platform is easy to use and scalable, ready to meet your hackathon demands.


Engage

Conduct internal and external hackathons either virtually or in-person to engage top talent.

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Internal Hackathon

Conduct coding hackathons and case study ideathons to foster innovations

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External Hackathons

Engage on-campus talent early through Hackathons that address real-world problems

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Foster Diversity

Create an equity-based platform for your employees to showcase their talent

Innovate

Engage bright minds with customized hackathons and provide a superior user-experience. Conceptualize the problem, configure the platform and reach out to the community for practical solutions.


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Ideate

Identify an overall organizational problem and gather ideas and solutions

Solve

Solve

Accelerate product roadmap and solve business problems with the community

Strategize

Strategize

Brainstorm with the best minds to refine, reform and accelerate your business roadmap

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Virtual hackathons: A complete guide


Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

An online hackathon is a digital event that brings together people, especially from a tech background with similar interests, to innovate, brainstorm, and solve various predefined challenges within a specified time frame. The aim of an online hackathon is often to create a working solution or prototype of a product or service.

Here is a step-by-step guide to run a virtual hackathon:

  • Conceptualize the event concerning the themes, objectives, challenges and stages.
  • Configure an online platform that allows all event-related execution on a single dashboard.
  • Market the event through social media outreach and email campaigns. Invite participants to create teams, strategize and collaborate.
  • Review submission on different parameters and, based on it, automatically calculate results.
  • Create a live leadership board for transparency.
  • Undertake a post-event analytics to host an even better hackathon next time.

The benefits of hackathons are:

Crowdsource ideas-

Hackathons serve as a playground for new people and technologies to step in and innovate.

Create a strong employer brand-

Emerge as the voice of innovation and change with strong brand recall.

Hire the best talent-

Shorten the recruitment process from a couple of weeks to a few days.

Engage with your employees

by fostering cross-team collaboration, inclusivity and internal innovation.

Accelerate the product roadmap

by accessing multiple working prototypes in a short period.

A successful hackathon commences with ideation and ends with execution. Once you have clarity about your hackathon's objective, you can ideate themes, challenges, stages, participants, judges, and every other requirement. Choose a hackathon platform that manages your hackathon's execution hassles such as setting up a personalized and interactive landing page, seamless participant and judge experience, marketing support, easy review of submissions and post-event analytics.

A virtual hackathon is a digital event that brings together people, especially from the tech background with similar interests, to innovate, brainstorm and solve predefined challenges within a specified time frame. A virtual hackathon usually aims to create a working solution or prototype of a product or service. A common understanding of hackathon participants is limited to coders and analysts. Yet a more unorthodox approach can bring together quantitative and qualitative minds, opening your virtual hackathons/ideathons to problem-solvers in general.

Online hackathons are the easiest to organize. All you need is to partner with an online hackathon platform, providing a single dashboard with features to set up an event landing page, offering instructions about challenges and stages. The platform must market your event to invite your target participants, enable participants to create teams and collaborate. It must allow the judges to easily review participant submissions and announce winners. The right online hackathon platform with the requisite features is half the battle won in organizing your event.

Here is a step-by-step plan to conduct a successful and efficient hackathon:

  • Conceptualize the event on themes, objectives, challenges, and stages.
  • Configure an online platform that allows all event-related execution on a single dashboard.
  • Market the event through social media outreach and email campaigns. Invite the participants to create teams, strategize and collaborate.
  • Review the submissions on different parameters and, based on them, automatically calculate results.
  • Create a live leadership board for transparency and undertake a post-event analytics to host an even better hackathon next time.

Hackathons are a new trend in tech communities. A hackathon program is a great way to make inroads into the tech community, build a brand name and recruit. Based on the ideas of innovation, problem-solving and prototyping, a hackathon program creates a business simulation to empower participants to innovate, brainstorm, and solve various predefined challenges within a specified time frame. A hackathon program aims to create a working solution or prototype of a product or service.

Coding hackathon is conducted to ascertain the coding skills of potential developers when hiring the best tech talent.

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