Cloud elasticity refers to the ability of a cloud service to provide on-demand offerings, nimbly switching resources when demand goes up or down. It is often an immediate reaction to clients dropping or adding services in real time. Cloud elasticity is also known as rapid elasticity.
A hackathon is a gathering where programmers collaboratively code in an extreme manner over a short period of time. Hackathons are at least a few days - or over a weekend - and generally no longer than a week. While working on a particular project, the idea is for each developer to be have the ability and freedom to work on whatever he/she wants.
The roots of hackathons are with open source projects and especially noted in the context of OpenBSD development. Recently, a number of companies adopted the hackathon concept - a subject of much debate. Some view a hackathon as a way to allow development teams to work on chosen projects. Non-proponents view it as a bastardization of the concept, given that a company owns the work results. Such critics view hackathons cynically, as merely a way for a company to get free developer work during a weekend or holiday.
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