Computer Science 5th Year Masters Thesis Presentation

Monday, December 13, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm


Virtual Presentation - ET Remote Access - Zoom


MENGCHEN (SAM) YONG, Masters Student /MENGCHEN%20%28SAM%29%20YONG

Why not just do all hackathons online? A comparative study between online and in-person events

Hackathons and similar time-bounded events have become a popular form of collaboration in various domains. Most existing research so far has studied them as in-person events and pointed towards them being radically co-located as one main reason for their popularity and success. The global pandemic of 2020 has led to a proliferation of online events, but we do not know whether online and in-person events are perceived similarly regarding participants' satisfaction. To compare these two types of events, we conducted a survey of seven in-person and eight online hackathons with 940 participants. Our findings revealed no significant differences related to satisfaction between participants of online and in-person events. We did, however, find a significant influence of the perceived quality of participation on an individual's satisfaction in both online and in-person events. This influence is emphasized for process satisfaction in the case of in-person events. Finally, we found a connection between motivation to network and individual satisfaction. We then conducted twelve interviews with participants and mentors from a recent online hackathon. We hope our study contributes to better understanding participants' satisfaction in a variety of online collaboration settings.

Thesis Committee:
James Herbsleb (Advisor)
Bogdan Vasilescu

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5th Year Master's Thesis Presentation