To celebrate the Blackboard World 2018 Conference, Hackboard 2.0 was announced on May 7th. On June 29th, the event entered the next stage, public voting. So, what is a hackathon, anyway?
A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects.
The goal of a hackathon is to create usable software. Hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include the programming language used, the operating system, an application, an API, or the subject and the demographic group of the programmers. In other cases, there is no restriction on the type of software being created.
Hackathons provide a venue for self-expression and creativity through technology. People with technical backgrounds come together, form teams around a problem or idea, and collaboratively code a unique solution from scratch — these generally take shape in the form of websites, mobile apps, and robots (read more).
This year 123 participants registered for the Hackboard 2.0 challenge. The finalist projects include Syllabus Chatbot, Slack Integration, Course Sentiment System, and Blackboard IoT Button. Take a look, test the projects on your dev system through REST API, and vote.