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Janne Jarvinen , F-Secure, Helsinki
A swift execution from idea to market has become a key competitive advantage for software companies to enable them to survive and grow in turbulent business environments. Companies have begun to use hackathons to combat this challenge. A hackathon is a highly engaging, continuous event where people in small groups produce working software prototypes in a limited amount of time. This article examines hackathons in light of the experiences of a software product company called F-Secure. Hackathons were found to be a beneficial engineering solution to the fundamental business problem of how to make revenue from an idea, solving the phases spanning "from an idea to a software prototype." However, the main challenge of hackathons concerns how to transform those promising prototypes into finalized products that create revenue and real business value.
Janne Jarvinen, "What are hackathons for?", IEEE Software, , no. 1, pp. 1, PrePrints PrePrints, doi:10.1109/MS.2014.78
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