Hackathons and the innovation they create

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Written by Deborah D. Hoover.

Hackathons — think hacking and marathon — are a recent phenomenon growing in popularity on college campuses, sometimes involving students from other campuses who travel to compete in an industry-specific event.

A visit to one of these events will drop you into another universe of laptops, prototypes, sleeping bags, coffee, pizza, half-eaten bagels and controlled chaos.

Kent State University has excelled in the hackathon world through organization of the variously themed Innov8athon, designed to promote “entrepreneurial thinking, creative prototyping and interdisciplinary collaboration.”

Remesh, an app that allows groups of people to speak as one voice, emerged from Kent Hack Enough and the first Innov8athon in 2013 and has since become a successful venture with support from Cleveland-based accelerator Flashstarts.

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Originally published February 1, 2016.

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