This Month on HuffPo: Are Hackathons Changing the Way We Do Business?


This month on the Huffington Post, I celebrate hackathons
. Recently, I represented RingCentral at the Launch.com hackathon and greatly enjoyed the energy of the experience, which showcased of two of my passions: innovation and entrepreneurship. It was especially thrilling to see my company’s product, the RingCentral Connect Platform, become part of innovative solutions in the form of apps and tools that we had not imagined.

Are hackathons changing the way we do business? I believe they are, and in exciting ways. The experience of a hackathon illustrates how entrepreneurship has become much more dynamic, fluid, and integrated. The climate is ripe for innovation, as there lots of opportunities to try things out, fail fast, collaborate, learn, and try again. Nothing fosters critical thinking like pressure and competition, which is part of the reason I’m such a big fan of hackathons. The time is right and ripe for those with good ideas to gather a team and start joining in the fun and benefiting from the resources the hackathons provide.

For more of my thoughts on hackathons and on the Launch.com event specifically, please click here to read my original piece on the Huffington Post.

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About Kira Makagon

Kira Makagon is a successful serial entrepreneur and tech industry leader. A graduate of UC Berkeley with both an undergraduate degree in computer science and an MBA, she enjoys sharing her lessons learned from being a veteran “only woman in the room.” Kira's recent awards and recognitions include the following: 2015 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award 2015 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards Named to Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence in 2015 Named to SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2015 and 2016 2016 Bay Area CIO Awards finalist

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