On the Use of Hackathons to Enhance Collaboration in Large Collaborative Projects

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List of Authors: Sadovykh Andrey, Truscan Dragos, Pierini Pierluigi, Widforss Gunnar, Ashraf Adnan, Bruneliere Hugo, Smrz Pavel, Bagnato Alessandra, Afzal Wasif, Espinosa Hortelano Alexandra
Editors: NN
Publication year: 2019
Book title: Proceedings of Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference DATE 2019
Start page: 498
End page: 503
ISSN: 978-3-9819263-3-0


In this paper, we present the MegaM@Rt2 ECSEL project and discuss in details our approach for fostering collaboration in this project. We choose to use an internal hackathon approach that focuses on technical collaboration between case study owners and tool/method providers. The novelty of the approach is that we organize the technical workshop at our regular project progress meetings as a challenge-based contest involving all partners in the project. Case study partners submit their challenges related to the project goals and their use cases in advance. These challenges are concise enough to be experimented within approximately 4 hours. Teams are then formed to address those challenges. The teams include tool/method providers, case study owners and researchers/developers from other consortium members. On the hackathon day, partners work together to come with results addressing the challenges that are both interesting to encourage collaboration and convincing to continue further deeper investigations. Obtained results demonstrate that the hackathon approach stimulated knowledge exchanges among project partners and triggered new collaborations, notably between tool providers and use case owners.


Hackathon, International collaboration, project management


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