Collegiate hackathons are marathon-style, project building competitions where students can learn computing in an informal environment, build community, network with members of the technology industry, and be more productive members of the workforce. I am interested in understanding the social climate of hackathons and how it affects hackathon participants, particularly women and non- binary students, who only make up 23% of collegiate hackathon attendees. I will be exploring two lines of inquiry: (1) to explore the experiences of hackathon attendees to gain a deeper understanding about why participants do (or do not) participate in hackathons, what motivates them to attend, and what engages them at these events; and (2) to explore the ways collegiate hackathons can adapt their design practices to create an inclusive and equitable events for marginalized and minority students.
Brittany Ann Kos. 2018. The Collegiate Hackathon Experience. In ICER ’18: 2018 International Computing Education Research Conference, August 13–15, 2018, Espoo, Finland. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3230977.3231022