Facebook Hackathon as a Traveling Recruiting Show

Facebook uses its own social network to recruit simply by telling its own stories in unique and authentic ways, explains Matt Millunchick, Technical Project Manager for Facebook.

One of the most notable ways Facebook recruits is by taking its famous hackathons on the road. A Facebook hackathon is a 10-hour exercise where employees create something new and show it off. The only requirement is that you’re not allowed to actually do your job during that time. You must work on a brand new idea. Hackathons have famously brought about some of Facebook’s most popular features such as video, photos, and the “Like” button.

During college events, Facebook recruiters host a hackathon on-campus. The intensity gives students an idea of what it’s like to work at Facebook.

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3 Responses to “Facebook Hackathon as a Traveling Recruiting Show”

January 20, 2012 at 3:20 pm, Venkat said:

It may be creative, but the name is a little shady. They could have come up with a better name.


February 08, 2012 at 3:47 am, Bastian said:

It’s so good to hear soeomne with the same ideals. I am in exactly the same boat as you, Juliette, where my field is training and communications support of technology programmes.I have learnt loads here in th UK and I want to be able the mentor and transfer my knowledge, as I know there is a skills shortage in SA. Please do keep us updated on how things progress with your venture, as I’m sure I will be following in your footsteps shortly!


February 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm, Can an Old Company Become Culturally Hip? - INGAGED | Marketing Engagement Insights said:

[…] the office on the road: Facebook takes their hackathons to college campuses and lets students participate, so that they can experience Facebook-style collaboration, and […]


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