In a hackathon programmers, developers and designers come together to work in teams to build solutions to cases provided by the organizer.
It’s an intensive event over usually two or three days. Students are given the opportunity to participate in hackathons as an extracurricular activity. The hackathons are arranged by either the department or by external organisations.
– Our hackatons are an important part of the education that the students greatly appreciate, says programme manager Richard Berntsson Svensson. We have our own hackathon "C&SE" with different themes every year, where the ideas and assignments derive from companies and organizations. In 2019, the clients were Ericsson AB, Västtrafik and Openhack – one of the largest hackathon organizations in Sweden. In 2019 we had Sustainable and Smart Cities and Coding for Humanity as the theme. And one of our teachers, Francisco Gomes, arranges hackatons together with various companies, where the hackathon AstaZero Challenge is an example, which was organized together with AstaZero and Inceptive.