Carl DiSalvo, Melissa Gregg, Thomas Lodato
Over the past two years we have been conducting research into issue-oriented hackathons—events that draw together activists, citizens, entrepreneurs, and coders to address social conditions and their consequences. This research connects to broader trends in the fields of HCI and CSCW of examining informal design and development environments and practices [1,2,3]. Our particular focus is on hackathons as events, and how these events are formed by and at the same time give form to the issues they purport to engage and address. Unlike corporate hackathons, which favor the production of technical solutions for business opportunity, issue-oriented events put social questions…
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