Join the Citizen Science movement and contribute to our research.


The Personal Hackathon Overview [XLS] is a template for facilitators to collect data showing how productive everyone has been. Feel free to modify the template as you need.

Please share with us your datasets if you do collect data. The more data we collect, the better we’ll understand how to make these Personal Hackathons even more effective.


And for context, here are a few of the dozens of scientific papers we’ve used to design the Personal Hackathon.


Ariely, D., & Wertenbroch, K. (2002). Procrastination, deadlines, and performance: Self-control by precommitment. Psychological Science, 13(3), 219-224.

Bargh, J. A., Lee-Chai, A., Barndollar, K., Gollwitzer, P. M., & Trötschel, R. (2001). The automated will: Nonconscious activation and pursuit of behavioral goals. Journal of personality and social psychology, 81(6), 1014.

Ericsson, K. A., Krampe, R. T., & Tesch-Römer, C. (1993). The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance.Psychological review, 100(3), 363.

Gopher, D., Lavie, P., & Zomer, J. (1995). Ultradian Rhythms in Prolonged Human Performance.

McGraw, K. O., & Fiala, J. (1982). Undermining the Zeigarnik effect: Another hidden cost of reward. Journal of Personality, 50(1), 58-66.

Semple, R. J. (2010). Does mindfulness meditation enhance attention? A randomized controlled trial. Mindfulness, 1(2), 121-130.

Shannahoff-Khalsa, D. (1993). The ultradian rhythm of alternating cerebral hemispheric activity. International journal of neuroscience, 70(3-4), 285-298.