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Hackathons as Community-Based Learning: a Case Study

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Appendix 1

Survey Questions

These questions were included in the anonymous survey conducted after the Ideas of March Hackathon in 2015. All questions were required and most of them were open ended.

Was this your first hackathon? If not, which other similar events have you participated in? *

Tell us your three top reasons for participating (in order of relevance). *

How was your experience working with a team? Did you contribute more/less than others? *

Did you make new friends during the event? How likely is it that you continue collaborating with them? *

What did you like the most about this event? *

What did you dislike the most about this event? *

Please describe anything that you learned from this event. Would you have been able to learn it as part of your regular classes? *

Are you planning on participating again next Fall? *


How helpful were the mentors to your team? *

(Not helpful at all) 1 2 3 4 5 (Extremely helpful)

How was the interaction with the mentor(s)? Did they help your team? How?

Please mention any suggestion you might have to improve mentors participation.

How helpful were Professional Mentors to your team?

How helpful were the mentors to your team?


How was the communication with your client? Was s/he available to answer questions? *

Did you like the selection of pitches at the event? Please explain why/why not.


What is your opinion about the judging process? (criteria, fairness, ways to improve, etc.)


What courses you’ve taken so far were helpful in the process of creating your app?

Please, mention here anything else you’d like to suggest for improving this event

Appendix 2

Table 1 Judging sheet

Appendix 3

Table 2 App pitch samples

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Lara, M., Lockwood, K. Hackathons as Community-Based Learning: a Case Study. TechTrends 60, 486–495 (2016).

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