Facebook rethinks its ‘hackathons’ with an eye toward mobile

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Facebook is retooling its famous “hackathon” all-night coding workshops to give engineers more time to conceive new products, hopefully with a focus on mobile.

The hackathons, a longstanding event at the company where “hacking” is central to the corporate mantra, have previously run as anything-goes, all-night workshops in which employees think up new product concepts and develop rough prototypes. If they impress, those prototypes sometimes end up as commercial products.

Some of Facebook’s most popular features, including the “Like” button, Timeline and Chat, were conceived during hackathons, so they play an important role.
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