Hackathons, entrepreneurship and the passionate making of smart cities: The Programmable City Working Paper 28


YuehPerng, Sung- and Kitchin, Rob and Mac Donncha, Darach (2017) Hackathons, entrepreneurship and the passionate making of smart cities: The Programmable City Working Paper 28. Working Paper. The Programmable City Working Paper.

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Abstract

Hackathons – quick prototyping events for commercial purposes – have become an important means to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and the start-up economy in smart cities. Smart and entrepreneurial cities have been critiqued with respect to the neoliberalization of governance and statecraft. We consider the passions, inventions and imitations in the assemblage of practices – alongside neoliberalizing and capitalist operations – that shape the economy and governance of smart cities. The paper examines hackathons as tech events that extend the passions for digital innovation and entrepreneurship and act as sites of social learning for the development of smart urbanism. We argue that passionate and imitative practices energize the desire and belief in entrepreneurial life and technocratic governance, and also engender precarious, ambiguous and uncertain future for participants and prototypes.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: Over the long course of developing the research and the paper, we have benefited from many critical but encouraging comments by present and previous members of the Programmable City project, as well as colleagues in Maynooth University, especially Aphra Kerr, Kylie Jarrett, Mary Gilmartin and Mark Boyle. The research is funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator award (ERC-2012-AdG-323636-SOFTCITY). Published under a CC-By Attribution 4.0 International License.
Keywords: innovation; entrepreneurial life; imitations; passions; smart city; start-up economy;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
Item ID: 9233
Identification Number: 10.17605/OSF.IO/NU3EC
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 17:03
Publisher: The Programmable City Working Paper
Funders: European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award
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