Definition of hackathon in English:

hackathon

noun

informal
  • An event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.

    ‘a series of 48-hour hackathons to build new web and mobile services’
    • ‘On the weekend of December 12-13th, we're holding an open, distributed, nationwide hackathon to develop open source applications to open government.’
    • ‘The focus of our 24-hour hackathon is to build new applications and products.’
    • ‘Come join us for a 2-day hackathon; team up, hang out, and build a fun game.’
    • ‘A big thank you to everyone for an amazing hackathon!’
    • ‘In Washington, the day before the conference (December 13), we're have a big open source hackathon.’
    • ‘We put our normal schedule aside for a couple days to run our first internal hackathon.’
    • ‘A group called HackNY sponsors summer fellowships for students with startup companies and organizes 24-hour hackathons, in which college kids from the metropolitan area spend the night creating clever turns on existing software.’
    • ‘Work at a two day hackathon just before Apachecon 2001 put the beta into a releasable state.’
    • ‘The focus of the Spring Hackathon will be on “Creating apps for the High Street”, i.e. building apps to help small business owners improve customer service, efficiency and profitability.’
    • ‘It has single-handedly, effortlessly done what decades of open-source enthusiasm, activism, and hackathons couldn't do.’
    • ‘A hackathon went on throughout, with teams of developers working through the night to produce apps based on ideas submitted by the public.’
    • ‘"We have a hackathon planned for Calgary, Canada for two weeks from now," one participant mailed us.’
    • ‘The defacement hackathon was a hoax from the beginning.’
    • ‘In the spirit of Silicon Valley hackathons, it is hosting its first developers' get-together in San Francisco tomorrow.’

Origin

1990s: from hack, on the pattern of marathon.

Pronunciation:

hackathon

/ˈhakəˌTHän/