Are hackathons worth it?

Microsoft / Eng 36C
Jul 11 10 Comments

Never participated in any, and in the end of July MS is offering a week long hackathon. So I wonder if it's worth joining.

What's your experience with them?

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  • Lyft yKSs68
    Not sure about Hackathons but a Leetathon would definitely be worth it
    Jul 11 2
    • Microsoft / Eng 36C
      OP
      Those are just part of the routine.
      Jul 11
    • Three times a week, after brushing and coffee.๐Ÿ˜‚
      Jul 11
  • Microsoft pmsquared
    Depends what you want to get out of them? Iโ€™ve personally ran multiple in the past. Good networking event, and if your project crushes it and you can get a CVP or EVP sponsor, then it can be great for your career roadmap if you keep in contact with them. But if you just come attend in some of the larger ones and your project is okay, then eh you kinda just have it as an additional checkbox on your resume.
    Jul 11 2
    • Microsoft / Eng 36C
      OP
      People add those to their resumes?

      Good point on the career path, thanks. I guess for this you have to plan in advance.
      Jul 11
    • Microsoft pmsquared
      Occasionally yes. Some roles ask for people who have either ran or participated in hackathons. Mostly partner, customer, or ISV facing roles that may require leading on-site in future.
      Jul 11
  • YoE?
    Jul 11 1
    • Microsoft / Eng 36C
      OP
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  • Slalom Consulting / IT
    Girthy

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    Girthymore
    They are quite fun, great team building, exposure to VP level and typically lead to lots of employee benefit type apps ie we made a mapping app that gets your from desk A to desk B (basic but helpful things). Lots of the bigger winners of our hackathons went on to be included in the backlog. At my gf's company she actually PM'ed the winning group 2 times in a row as a non-PM and it actually netted her a big time PM role so lots of benefits from what I've seen. I've never included anything we did on the resume.
    Jul 11 0
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    sudomeme

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    sudomememore
    Iโ€™ve only done them through grad school for $$$. I think external hackathons are more interesting, since you get a chance to work on tech from different industries.
    Jul 11 0