Lorraine Hwang, Wolfgang Bangerth, Timo Heister, Louise Kellogg
ASPECT: Hackathons as an example of sustaining an open source community
Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences (WSSSPE4), Manchester, United Kingdom, 2016.

Successful scientific open source projects must not only have good technical but also good social structure. Hackathons can be used to engage and grow a software community by providing geographically distributed communities as well as novices and experts an opportunity to work side-by-side. The community built around the mantle convection code ASPECT (Advanced Solver for Problems in Earth ConvecTion) has held multi-day hackathons for the past 3 years. Held over approximately 10 days, these hackathons build capacity by fostering new users, providing access to domain experts, and promoting new collaborations.

Wolfgang Bangerth
Sun Aug 20 15:19:51 MDT 2017