Hackathons generally begin with a presentations about the event or a specific topic. Participants suggest ideas and form teams, based on individual interests and skill sets. The main work of a hackathon can last anywhere from several hours to several days.
Democracy Lab hosts hackathons every other month. Currently, I am on a team that is developing a web application for nonprofit organizations and people to share resources. Due to the pandemic we have been meeting virtually. The team is adapting to the virtual communication model.
Team members are from different time zones and countries; diversity is a benefit. Despite the distance, I think we now have the right skills and people to finish the project on the near horizon. Exposure to ideas, tools, techniques, and mindsets from many points of view is an asset. I do miss the pizza at lunch and the personal interaction. Sharing a meal is a bonding experience. Eventually, I think a hybrid model of virtual and onsite hackathons will develop as a result of technology and communication. The pandemic has forced the Digital Age upon humanity. The world is shifting from gears to clouds.