What happens: Rapidly growing in popularity, clients pay developers the market rate for their time at these hacks. The budgets are relatively large for a hack event, but 30 developers eating pizza for a weekend cost far less than a six-month round of R&D. And, we like to think, are just as productive and often more imaginative. The objective is to produce prototypes that the commissioning organisation can take back and plug into their own developments and decision-making processes.
How it works: IP for projects is agreed in advance of the event according to one of the following categories:
- IP for idea and code remains with the developer
- IP for the idea passes to the client
- IP for the idea passes to the client but the code is open-sourced on GitHub for the client, or anyone, to reuse
- IP for the code is passed to the client and developer is paid market rate