Breaking the Current Mold With Hackathons

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: John Parsell, Learning Experience Architect, Merck

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Hackathons are short-term events that bring together cross-functional teams to solve challenges with new products, services, and ideas. Many organizations use them to engage their employees, share new ideas with senior leaders, and create innovative solutions that people use every day. Learn the critical steps, guidance, and resources necessary to prepare and run your own 24-hour talent development hackathon, including how to build diverse teams equipped to create winning solutions and how to capture the spirit, energy, and creativity of a hackathon for your event.

Whether you brand your event a hackathon, designation, or something else, this session will help you break down the silos of your organization, capture your employees’ imagination, and run a successful event that inspires them to create innovative solutions.


John Parsell
John Parsell

Learning Experience Architect, Merck

John Parsell is an engaging people leader and accomplished learning professional with more than 14 years of experience creating effective learning solutions and building innovative learning teams at StructuredWeb, GMAC Mortgage, Accolade, and Merck. John focuses on the strategic value of learning, driving behavioral change, and improving performance to achieve business goals. He uses learning data to deliver strategic decisions that impact learning program enhancements and long-term business strategy. As a learning experience architect at Merck, he works as an advisor to the business, collaborating with divisionally associated Learning Partners and Designers to ensure that learning experiences are aligned with strategic business needs.

John earned a master of science degree in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University and a bachelor of arts in history from Muhlenberg College.