Don’t start with the solution: What hackathons can tell us about solving big problems. Eureka Foong tells us about the global growth of hackathons, as well as their drawbacks.

Eureka Foong is a Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior, a joint program in computer science and communication at Northwestern University. She received her B.A. degree in psychology and media studies from Linfield College in Oregon. Prior to joining Northwestern, Eureka led user research at Piktochart, an online infographic tool for non-designers. She currently studies how people collaboratively solve problems at civic hackathons, events where experts in technology, data science, design and community issues rapidly create solutions to social problems. When not engaged in research, Eureka can be found contemplating the taste of home cooked Malaysian food.