大家好~我又来水博客啦~此篇是转载原博主Paul Bischoff写的关于黑马体验的五大遗憾。d70f479a5ae70c71ad92128f1f23e1065349ee52

5 reasons why I’m starting to HATE Hackathons


1. Unfair competition

Hackathons are competitions, so it would make sense that every team be on an even playing field. In truth, many hackathon teams don’t start with a blank slate. I’ve seen people enter hackathons who have already been hacking away for weeks or months. They tack on a few extra team members, add a feature or two, then create a presentation. This is downright unfair to people who come with fresh, untouched ideas.



2. Ultimately a pitching contest

Because teams usually don’t have enough time to complete anything significant in a single weekend, the final pitch often matters more than the product. Forget about the progress made in actually building something, participants just need the power of persuasion to prove to the judges that their idea is best.

In bilingual environments like hackathons in Beijing, this often skews favor in one direction or another due to language barriers. In my experience, teams with demonstrations almost always win out over teams that can only show a slideshow describing their project, disregarding how much headway was actually made at the event. That places too much emphasis on creating a skin-deep shell rather than a functioning product, and gives teams who already have something prepared before the hackathon even starts a huge advantage as per point number one. In hackathons, it’s about what’s on the outside, not the inside, that counts.

(See: Hackathons in Singapore: too many talkers, not enough hackers)




3. Often, the wrong people benefit

I’ve got a real bone to pick with corporate and government hackathons. These usually require teams to use a specific API or data-set in their project, to their own benefit. Sure, the winner and runner-up might get some decent prizes, but the sponsors save a metric shitload of money on all those losing teams they didn’t have to pay. Rather than actually take the time to hire a team with good ideas, why not just get a bunch of suckers together and hope they come up with one or two good ideas between the lot of them? Cheap labor! And to top it off, we’ll pretend we’re doing them a favor. These hackathons approach the verge of scam territory.


我曾经参加过公司和政府举行的黑客马拉松,这通常需要团队在他们的项目中使用特定的 API 或者数据集来完成他们的项目。这种情况下,公司或者政府只需要为最终的优胜者付一点钱。对于那些失败者所呈现的点子,他们一分钱都不用掏。比起直接花钱雇用团队,为什么不让他们相互打架,最终竞争出最好的一家呢?这可真是廉价劳动力。而且这些都不算,我们要假装自己正在投开发者所好。这些黑客马拉松,实在是近乎欺诈了。

4. Bad way to get a startup off the ground

If you want to test a new idea that might otherwise take you weeks in just a weekend, fine. I’ll admit hackathons can be useful for that. But the chances of your idea getting picked out of the dozens of people in the room don’t offer good odds, so you’ll probably end up stuck working on someone else’s idea for the next 24 to 72 hours.

Even if a hackathon project goes on to become a startup, seldom does the original team stick together. The startups I’ve seen come out of hackathons essentially have to start from scratch afterward, and most go through many more major pivots before finding the model that best fits. By the time the founders have an MVP they can actually pitch to investors, the hackathon is a relatively insignificant blip in the startup’s history.


如果你要测试一个新的点子,这可能会花掉你几周的时间,而不是一个周末。这很好,我承认黑客马拉松对这样的情景有用。但是,你的创意从房间里的几十个人当中脱颖而出的可能性比较小,所以你要准备好,迎接未来 24 到 72 个小时的工作都是给其他某个人的创意做了嫁衣的可能性。


5. Always on the weekends

Most people who enter hackathons have day jobs, but hackathons are no vacation. I’m not the first person to point out that hackathons are unhealthy. They promote bad habits like not getting enough sleep, gorging on junk food all day, and being sedentary when you could be outside relaxing. After your long weekend of tirelessly hacking away is finished, participants head straight back to work on Monday. Humans need time to decompress, but hackathons encourage an unsustainable workflow.



嗯, 以上就是黑马的几大遗憾之处……咱们下篇见~












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