Live hackathon vs Online hackathon, choose right!

If you are here is because either you are planning to build your 1st hackathon or you had already an experience with hackathon but would like to understand how can a physical or online hackathon can help you reach your goals. Either way, let’s explore what is the differences and how can they help your company.


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These are key points that will help you understand what option is best for your hackathon

Don’t stress, these points will outline the characteristics of the online and live event.


What are the main differences between online and offline hackathon.

An online hackathon is a competition that takes place entirely over the internet, typically lasting for a day or a weekend but in our experience, you may want to extend to a pre-event and warm-up phase since participants can join from anywhere with an internet connection and there is no time constrictions. An offline hackathon, on the other hand, takes place at a physical location and typically lasts for a fixed period of time and a fixed venue, such as 24-48 hours. Participants must be present at the designated location in order to participate. Another main difference is the number of participants. Online hackathons tend to have a much larger number of participants than offline hackathons due to the convenience of participating remotely.

    Why choose an online instead of a live hackathon.

    1. Convenience: Online hackathons can be accessed from anywhere, allowing participants to participate from the comfort of their own homes or workplaces. This eliminates the need for travel and accommodation expenses.
    2. Time-saving: Online hackathons can be held over a longer period, allowing participants to work on their projects at their own pace. This eliminates the need to spend long hours in a physical location.
    3. Diverse participation: Online hackathons can attract participants from all over the world, increasing diversity and providing a broader pool of ideas and talents.
    4. Cost-effective: Online hackathons are less expensive to organize and run than live events, as there are no costs associated with physical venues and other logistical expenses.
    5. Accessibility: Online hackathons are accessible to a wider range of people, including those with disabilities or mobility issues, who may find it difficult to attend live events.
    6. Better evaluation: With online hackathons, the evaluation process is more efficient, as the judges can easily access the submissions and provide feedback.
    7. Innovation: With online hackathons, the technology is advanced and you can use tools that are not physically possible in live events.

    These are the main benefits of a live hackathon.

        1. In-person collaboration: Live hackathons provide an opportunity for participants to work together in the same physical space, fostering collaboration and teamwork.
        2. Networking opportunities: Live hackathons provide a platform for participants to connect with industry professionals, mentors, and other like-minded individuals.
        3. Real-world problem-solving: Live hackathons offer the opportunity to work on real-world problems and come up with practical solutions that can be implemented in the industry.
        4. Immediate feedback: With live hackathons, participants can receive immediate feedback from mentors and judges, allowing them to make adjustments and improve their projects.
        5. Inspiration and motivation: Being in a room full of like-minded individuals working on innovative projects can be inspiring and motivating.
        6. Hands-on experience: Live hackathons provide a hands-on experience that allows participants to apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world setting.
        7. Prizes and rewards: Many live hackathons offer prizes and rewards for the top projects, providing an added incentive for participants.
        8. Community building: Live hackathons create a sense of community among participants and foster a sense of belonging.
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    Important tips to consider

    In conclusion, if you are looking for a wide audience in different locations and no time constrictions then the online event might be what you’re looking for. Instead, if you are looking for immediate feedback, hands-on experience and perhaps creating video material for your company, then go live! In each case, you can count on Kreativdistrikt to help you reach your goals!

      Check out our previous article on How to run a Perfect Online Hackathon.

      This guide comprehends countless lessons learned from our successful past global events on how to run a hackathon. Kreativdistrikt is a world-leading Online Hackathon Agency helping customers to achieve their goals.

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