Two university professors of sociology have published a study after spending a year observing several hackathons in New York, mostly promoted by corporations. After interviewing participants, organizers and sponsors came to the conclusion that many institutions use the attractiveness of these events to make people work for free .
Hackathons are events that have been quite fashionable in the world of technology and startups for some years. They are usually marathons in which developers spend many hours working without stopping to solve a problem or generate new ideas for future projects. And it is not the first time that someone questions their true usefulness .