For sure, you know what a hackathon is. But knowing its definition is not enough. There are a lot of hackathon-related terms you need to know to help you stay on track. Nobody wants to go to a hackathon blind!

In this article, we’ll discuss a few basic hackathon terms you’ll encounter as you get deeper and deeper into hackathons.

Let’s get to it!

Big Data

As the name implies, this talks about a huge amount of structured or unstructured data overloading companies. It can be analyzed to generate new ideas and develop better strategies and solutions. 


A logging technology that transactions depend on. It involves decentralization for security measures, and everything written here will stay here forever. 


A meeting where every team member is encouraged to provide suggestions for the project. In a brainstorming session, all ideas are valid, and the ones with a high chance of being successful are compiled and included in the project. 

Code Review

This is a process where all codes are checked for quality. At hackathons, there’s a specific time for code review, which is usually before the pitch. 


At hackathons, decompression is that break where individuals can relieve pressure and allows individuals to forget about programming for a little while. 


This is short for ‘developer’. At hackathons, teams typically have two devs. 


This is a platform that they use to host the main source code for projects that are still under development. Registered users can contribute to other projects wherever they are. It also allows them to publicize their work. 


The connection between computer and network that transmits information. 

Intellectual Property

This protects the work of the author. 


Meetup falls under networking where individuals are encouraged to establish a relationship with the community. 


This stands for Minimum Viable Product. This is a prototype of the project, but big companies also use it to test new products or services before investing in them. 

Open Source

This is a software source code that can be used for various purposes. Usually, these are tools that can be shared online. 


Finally, a pitch is a presentation of the product, business, or service. This is when hackathoners will sell their ideas. A pitch should last between three and five minutes. 

Ready to Join a Hackathon?

Being in a structured working environment where developers have a limited time to create a functional piece of software or application can be nerve-wracking. Therefore, you start with the basics first and get to know the most commonly used terms. Joining hackathons when you’re clueless about these terms can make you confused and lost in all of it. We hope this short guide has helped you understand the terms thrown around in hackathons. There is so much to learn! 

Now that you’re armed with a basic understanding of the most commonly used hackathon terms, it’s time to join one! You can find the biggest and best hackathons on Find and register for an event today!