Are software competitions bad? Some participants say hackathons can stifle innovation and chill the vibe of camaraderie because they offer such large prizes. But that doesn’t have to always be the case.
A lot depends on what happens during the contest itself, and who is participating and who is running the competition. Take the case of the January 2014 GlobalHack contest in St. Louis that was initially attended by several hundred programmers. The story of the contest isn’t who took away the top $50,000 prize but about the other participants who didn’t finish in the money but came away with something else that is arguably more important.
I interviewed a couple of the participants at GlobalHack and explain what happened to them in my post over on ITworld here.