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Why Facebook Is Celebrating Its IPO With a Hackathon

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Facebook isn't losing its commitment to its "Hacker" culture when it goes public — instead, it's celebrating it, with an all-night "Hackathon."

Other companies might celebrate doing one of the biggest IPOs on record with a big party with food, alcohol and dancing. This party will have plenty of food and DJ, but instead of dancing, Facebook employees will be hunkering down and coding new programs for Facebook.

Over 1,000 Facebook employees at the Menlo Park headquarters have RSVPed for the event which starts at 7:00 pm PT and will go all night until CEO Mark Zuckerberg rings the opening bell at 6:30 am PT.

It's not just Facebook's main office participating — people at the company's satellite offices around the globe will also take a break from their regular work to play in this hackathon. And Facebook will send out "Hackathon 31" T-shirts to its employees around the world.

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  • Working from Los Angeles, Boorstin is CNBC's media and entertainment reporter and editor of CNBC.com's Media Money section.