So what is a Hackathon?

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The CocoonGT team just wrote the best description of a Hackathon that I've seen to date. At least as seen from a Cocoonista's point of view: other communities might do it slightly differently.

Wikipedia also has a good, but less concise, explanation of the word.

By the way, I think it's written hackathon with an H like in marathon - that's where the word comes from.