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So here is the challenge: can you translate these start-up terms?

2. Define: hackathon

Nice job! It’s a meeting of computer or app developers who are given the code to a certain platform and must create a digital product in a certain amount of time (often a day or weekend). These can be extremely professional and high stakes events (especially when big name companies such as Microsoft and Facebook are hosting in hopes of finding the next big-money app) or a rowdy gathering of hacking enthusiasts bent on creating the next big thing. Hackathons, just like the rest of the tech world, tend to be largely male-dominated and this has created controversy – most recently when two app hackers showcased an app to a crowd of 500 where you could share photos of someone staring at women’s breasts. They claim it was a parody, but it incited some intense feedback.

It’s a meeting of computer or app developers who are given the code to a certain platform and must create a digital product in a certain amount of time (often a day or weekend). These can be extremely professional and high stakes events (especially when big name companies such as Microsoft and Facebook are hosting in hopes of finding the next big-money app) or a rowdy gathering of hacking enthusiasts bent on creating the next big thing. Hackathons, just like the rest of the tech world, tend to be largely male-dominated and this has created controversy – most recently when two app hackers showcased an app to a crowd of 500 where you could share photos of someone staring at women’s breasts. They claim it was a parody, but it incited some intense feedback.

It’s a meeting of computer or app developers who are given the code to a certain platform and must create a digital product in a certain amount of time (often a day or weekend). These can be extremely professional and high stakes events (especially when big name companies such as Microsoft and Facebook are hosting in hopes of finding the next big-money app) or a rowdy gathering of hacking enthusiasts bent on creating the next big thing. Hackathons, just like the rest of the tech world, tend to be largely male-dominated and this has created controversy – most recently when two app hackers showcased an app to a crowd of 500 where you could share photos of someone staring at women’s breasts. They claim it was a parody, but it incited some intense feedback.

It’s a meeting of computer or app developers who are given the code to a certain platform and must create a digital product in a certain amount of time (often a day or weekend). These can be extremely professional and high stakes events (especially when big name companies such as Microsoft and Facebook are hosting in hopes of finding the next big-money app) or a rowdy gathering of hacking enthusiasts bent on creating the next big thing. Hackathons, just like the rest of the tech world, tend to be largely male-dominated and this has created controversy – most recently when two app hackers showcased an app to a crowd of 500 where you could share photos of someone staring at women’s breasts. They claim it was a parody, but it incited some intense feedback.

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A meeting of computer or app developers who code a digital product in a certain amount of time (often a day or weekend).

 

An annual, international hacking competition, where computer hackers are asked to perform a variety of hacking feats (i.e. break into a government network, code a virus, fend off increasingly vicious malware).

 

When an entrepreneur is attempting to find the most valuable investor in a room, but ends up talking to a variety of less important investors (i.e. ‘hacks’) without any success.

 

When a product or venture fails, it's the moment when start-ups will cut up all paper materials related to said business as a spiritual cleanse to ready themselves for the next venture.

 
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