Hackathon: when ideas happen

Hackathon: when ideas happen

You live in a developing country and wish for access to safe drinking water [1]. Or, you are at the supermarket and want to jump the endless line at the checkout [2]. Maybe you are a business woman and want to confidently represent yourself as the professional you are [3].


Whether it be inspired by the best of intentions or simply the laziness of a shopper, an idea worth developing always has the potential to change our lives. And this is what hackathons are made for.


A hackathon is an event where people from different backgrounds get together to make ideas happen over the course of one or more days. The word hackathon comes from the words hack and marathon, where hack is used in the sense of exploration.


Creativity, technology, purpose, persistence: four main ingredients that make every hackathon an appetizing event, but how would you make it happen? What are the requirements and challenges?


Here, we share reports of John Armitage (IPGP), Artemii Novoselov (University of Vienna) and Matthias Meyer (ETH Zurich), organizers of three successful hackathon events held in Paris, Vienna and Zurich.


Learn more about the:

Hackathon in Paris – IPGP Team

Hackathon in Vienna – IMGW Team

Hackathon in Zurich – ETH Team



Interviews: Eric Loeberich
Preface: Marina Corradini
Review: Michaela Wenner





Marina is an Italian seismologist, science communicator and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM. She currently works as a Temporary Lecturer and Research Assistant at the Institut de physique du globe de Paris, from which she received her doctoral degree in 2019. Marina is the Editor of the EGU Seismology blog. You can reach her at corradini[at]

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