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What is hackathon ?

Ahackathonis a convention or event typically set up by hardware manufacturers or software companies but may include other entities such as the government. These events are created with a specific goal to achieve; such as building proper driversfor a specific hardware component, or a solution to security vulnerabilities, or possiblydesigning more features to an existing software platform (e.g. the like button in Facebookwas conceived at an internal company hackathon). The United States government even held a hackathon in 2011to improve city transit systems. Hackathons may even be held for educational or social purposes. These events may last anywhere from one day to one week. While the term "hack" has notoriously negative connotations referring to cybercrime the usage in the term hackathon is meant more terms of white hat knowledge creation and not a negative or criminal event.

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