Is there any way to find out if a patent application is connected to results from a hackathon? For example, it has been said that DropBox, Inc. filed two patent applications (password strength meter, two party authentication process) based on the results from an company-wide hackathon. I am trying to find out if any other companies have similar results from hackathons.
Well, you could look at companies that you know hold hackathons, search through only their patents, and then maybe search for patents with a high number of inventors, or something like that. But you'd probably still be left with a lot to hand-parse. I think your better bet would be to ask the companies directly.