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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Anastasia Rodygina
Hackathon as a Representation of the Values of the Professional Community of Programmers
Sociology
(Bachelor’s programme)
8
2019
Hackathons, time- and place-bounded events where participants in small teams write computer code and build apps, have become a popular interaction format for programmers and other IT professionals.

Although hackathons (coding marathons) include elements of the game, competition, cooperation - the topics of interest to sociologists - these events are still poorly studied: scientists considered participants' motivations and positive qualities of teamwork (production of innovations, professional socialization and educational effects) ignoring the cultural origins of the format. In this study, we tried to close this gap in knowledge, considering a hackathon as an important cultural phenomenon for modern programmers.

This study presents а hackathon as a representation of the values of programmers as professional communities, rooted in the culture of hackers and engineers. The research is based on 13 in-depth semi-structured interviews with hackathon-aware people with varying degrees of expertise on this topic. The so-called eight-window principle of sampling for qualitative interviews proposed by Russian sociologist Ilya Steinberg was used to recruit informants.

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