Virtually Hosted Hackathons for Design Research: Lessons Learned from the International Design Engineering Annual (IDEA) Challenge 2021

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Mark Goudswaard (1), Lee Kent (1), Lorenzo Giunta (1), James Gopsill (1), Chris Snider (1), Filip Valjak (2), Kim A. Christensen (3), Harry Felton (1), Daniel Nygård Ege (3), Ricardo M. Real (1), Chris Cox (1), Nikola Horvat (2), Sampsa Kohtala (3), Sindre Wold Eikevåg (3), Tomislav Martinec (2), Marija Majda Perišić (2), Martin Steinert (3), Ben Hicks (1)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: University of Bristol, United Kingdom; 2: University of Zagreb, Croatia; 3: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Section: Design Theory and Research Methods
Page(s): 21-30
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


This paper provides an overview and appraisal of the International Design Engineering Annual (IDEA) challenge - a virtually hosted design hackathon run with the aim of generating a design research dataset that can provide insights into design activities at virtually hosted hackathons. The resulting dataset consists of 200+ prototypes with over 1300 connections providing insights into the products, processes and people involved in the design process. The paper also provides recommendations for future deployments of virtual hackathons for design research.

Keywords: hackathons, design challenge, prototyping, design methods, design practice

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