November 22, 2021 5:55 pm Published by

Hackathons assist businesses in engaging with external audiences. It’s a method of displaying your software platform or skills through an open engaging and innovation process. It allows potential consumers to experiment with your technologies or your business directly while also driving company innovation and establishing a dialogue between you and them.

Benefits of running a hackathon include:

  • Improving customer experience
  • Finding new revenue opportunities
  • Reducing costs
  • Engaging with new ecosystems or business sectors, 
  • Improving internal talent management
  • Building relationships with team members of your organisation or for invited guests.

The first step, once you (the organiser) have decided why you want to conduct a hackathon, the next steps include deciding whom you want to engage and how you want to engage, and what solutions you want to hack.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event, usually hosted by a tech company or organization, where programmers and non programmers get together for a designated period of time to collaborate on a project. Hackathons can either use no code builder software or be strictly code written, many hackathons also host workshops, guest speakers, and connect participants with seasoned mentors. There are many variations of hackathons but the four main differentiations are:

  • Internal – Where a company holds an internal hackathon to all staff to create/ promote a new product or service innovation by the engineering staff.
  • External – External hackathons help companies engage with external audiences. The external audience can be a developer community, data scientist community, or even the general public.
  • Online – Companies utilise online hackathons to engage people from all over the world at the same time to solve an issue or drive innovation. They may also be used to interact with a larger geographic audience.
  • In-person – this is where there is a designated location for teams to create their hacks. 

Hackathons you can get involved with at Cosmonauts!

After a hugely successful fourth iteration in September 2021, Cosmonauts’ flagship conference, ​​Future Lawyer Week UK (FLW), is returning to the UK in May 2022.

FLW UK 5.0 will take place in London 17th- 20th May 2022 at Etc Venues, St Pauls, 200 Aldersgate St, Barbican, London EC1A 4HD.

FLW UK is a unique event that focuses on innovative advancements in the legal industry whilst uniting all those from the in-house, private practice and litigation sectors and is designed to facilitate dialogue between these different areas of law. Along with 4 days of networking opportunities, workshops, presentations and a hackathon that are delivered by leading legal innovators, FLW UK is the place to be for all things legal technology!

Overview of Future Lawyer Week 5.0:


Day 0 (17th May) – Hackathon​

Day 1 (18th May) – Future Lawyer Week 5.0 Private Practice Day​

Day 2 (19th May) – Future Lawyer Week 5.0 In-House Day

Day 3 (20th May) – Future Litigation Summit 2.0

If you are interested in hosting a Hackathon at FLW UK 5.0 in May 2022, or at a bespoke event, get in touch with the Cosmonauts Team who will be more than happy to help.

If this wasn’t enough information for you, we have many blog posts about our previous client’s experience in holding ‘No-code’ Hackathons with Cosmonauts, you can read them here!

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