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Hackathon: how the experience can improve your professional performance

Have you ever heard of a Hackathon? In a job market that is increasingly calling for innovation, taking part in this type of event can be a great opportunity for those who want to boost creativity, collaboration and problem-solving.

Understand what a hackathon is and how it can boost your professional career.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a collaborative and intensive event, usually held over short periods of time, which brings together professionals from different fields to work together to create innovative solutions to specific challenges. The term is a combination of the English words “hack” (to program exceptionally) and “marathon” (marathon).

Several large companies in the financial sector, health, beauty, environmental and even government initiatives promote this type of marathon to solve critical problems, as well as being an opportunity for networking and recruiting professionals.

What constitutes a Hackathon?

Hackathons involve multidisciplinary teams made up of developers, designers, business experts and other professionals. During the event, participants collaborate intensively to develop prototypes, solutions or improvements to projects predefined by the event organizer.

The pressure is an added spice that makes the marathon runners think quickly and speed up their ideas to develop the best solution. A hackathon can take as little as 48 hours or as long as a week.

Why take part in a hackathon?

Hackathons are great entry points to a company, but they also stimulate creativity, problem-solving skills and quick thinking. Here are some good reasons to start paying attention to this type of event and take part.

Accelerated innovation
Hackathons provide an environment conducive to the rapid generation of innovative ideas. The time pressure and diversity of perspectives contribute to creative and efficient solutions.

Skills development
Taking part in hackathons offers the opportunity to develop technical and interpersonal skills. Team collaboration, problem-solving and adapting to emerging technologies are key aspects of these events.

Networking and collaboration
Professionals from different fields have the chance to connect, share knowledge and build valuable relationships.

Professional visibility
Showcases for talent, hackathons highlight the skills of participants and can be a differentiator in their CVs and professional profiles.

Stimulating an innovative culture
Companies that promote or support hackathons demonstrate a commitment to innovation. This innovative culture can extend beyond the events and permeate the everyday working environment.

How cool is that? Much more than just technical events, hackathons are powerful catalysts for innovation, fostering collaboration, opportunities for continuous learning and the development of essential skills for professionals who want to stand out.

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