“At some point, the hackathon bubble has got to pop.” That’s what Betabeat wrote 11 months ago in a story we called “Welcome to Hackathon Central!” about the astonishing abundance of these developer sleepovers, which now occur on a bus, on an island, with massages (all real examples!) and in increasingly shorter periods.
We don’t know about other “startup hubs,” but New York City is bonkers about hackathons. They’re social. They’re a great place for recruiters to meet developers. It’s a way to promote your brand new API. It’s a great place to slap your corporate brand and attempt to appropriate a cool DIY thing. Etc. There’s at least one every weekend.
We figured at some point, the people who attend these events would start to feel burned out.