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Old 01-10-2018, 09:41 AM
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I'm wondering if it's a good idea to set up an actsci hackathon at a local actsci college/university - just tinkering with the idea. I see a very small bit of info about these things online.

Has anyone ever been involved in something like this? Would you care to describe your experience/involvement? Anyone else have any thoughts on how this would work?
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Sounds interesting to me. What would the goal of the hackathon be? Build software or develop a better way to price or reserve?
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I think UCLA is doing some college competition project right now.
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Sounds interesting to me. What would the goal of the hackathon be? Build software or develop a better way to price or reserve?
IMO a goal would primarily to give students some experience and exposure to the industry in a fun environment, as well as letting industry mingle with some strong future employees. A hackathon would be framework. I don't think that the actual goal of 'hackathons' is to actually produce something, but i could be wrong.

In addition, if it's actsci then I don't think the emphasis should be on coding. More like 'develop and market a cool insurance product' or something.

i dunno, that's why I'm asking for your thoughts .
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this might be best used as a business hackathon. a business hackathon makes it easier to work with pure ideas and makes it more accesible. If you restrict it to insurance tech, you need the rare few people who understand insurnace products
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More like 'develop and market a cool insurance product' or something.
I feel like there is an oxymoron in here somewhere.

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Only if you stick to admitted lines, then sure.
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Thanks for the feedback, it's been helpful.
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