January 18, 2017

More Badges to Earn, Hackathoners!

Several months ago, I posted on the beginnings of the OpenWorm Foundation's badge system. Contributions have been made by several senior contributors, including myself (see the Literature Mining series). Another of my contributions is a series of three badges focused on planning and executing a successful Hackathon [1]. Hackathons are get-togethers of expertise for the purpose of facilitating social coding and solving big, multistep problems. These types of events can be held live or via Skype, and even involve non-coding problem domains [2].

An active in-person Hackathon. 

Check out the Hackathon badges today! For people unaccostomed to earning badges, badges are a quick credential earned by working through the evidence points and submitting an answer in the form of short pieces of computer code, images/graphs, or links acquired through wrking with a piece of technology. The points of evidence are meant to encourage problem-solving and learning on your own, so there is no time limit on completion. Let me know if working through this badge encourages you to host a Hackathon event of your own.

NOTES:
[1] Badges must be earned in sequence: Hackathon I, Hackathon II, and Hackathon III.

[2] Hackathons can also be used to collaboratively solve interdisciplinary problems in a short period of time. For more information, please see: Marshall, J. (2016). In first 72 Hours of Science, SFI postdocs test the limits of transdisciplinary science. Santa Fe Institute News, April 20.

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