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What is a hackathon?

Data hackathons, also known as data dives, are intense events where teams of data scientists, computer programmers, graphic and interface designers and project managers try to creatively tackle data problems and prototype data analytics products. Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Some data hackathons are intended simply for educational or social purposes, although in many cases the goal is to create usable data analytics products. Data hackathons tend to have a specific focus, which can include specific data sources, methodologies, technologies and applications but in other cases, there is no restriction on the type of data analytics product being created.