Hackathons for coders is nothing new. A hackathon is basically an event where people collaborate to build or develop something (typically software) as quickly as they can - often they'll be given a set time to finish a task. But - as hackathons often spur on great innovation, how about thinking of 'hackathons' for non-coders?
Hackathons are about collaboration, learning and bringing different skills together in order to achieve transformation. Applying the structure and the processes from hackathons could help take people outside their daily roles for some intense idea and development sessions with a real focus on innovation.
Stoke the creative mindset. Hackathons require participants to step out of their normal roles and skill sets. This may mean interacting with different colleagues or performing unfamiliar creative tasks. A short team activity can help participants loosen up, think boldly and open their minds to their colleagues’ ideas. It can be as simple as challenging teams to brainstorm uses for an oddly shaped object.