Microsoft encourages developers to ‘hack productivity’ with Office 365


Microsoft today announce it’s new hackathon for developers. The company is now encouraging developers to Hack Productivity with Office 365. If you are a developer, you will need to build something using the Office 365 APIs, and Add-ins to boost productivity in “every year of your life”. Microsoft states:

Ever since humans discovered coffee, we’ve been coming up with new ideas and technologies to get stuff done, achieve our goals, and squeeze the most out of the precious 24 hours we get every day.

You might think productivity applies only to your job, school, or finances – but what about your passions, hobbies, and family? Don’t you want to excel there, too?

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced their new company mission: to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. It’s a big task, but Microsoft Office 365’s APIs and Add-in tools make hacking productivity possible in a whole new way.

The Microsoft Office 365 team is challenging developers and makers across the globe to use Microsoft Office 365 APIs and Add-ins to boost productivity in every area of your life.

Your commute, your workout, your dissertation, your band’s rehearsal bookings, your dinner plans, your backlog of digital photos, your multitude of social and media channels, & your living space – you can recode all these aspects of daily life and more!

Here is what the winner of the hackathon will be getting:

  • $10,000 cash
  • Ticket(s) to a Microsoft conference (including travel and lodging reimbursement up to $1,500 each) for no more than two team members
  • 30-minute meeting with a Microsoft product representative (may be in-person or virtual depending on location)
  • 30-minute meeting with a leader from the Microsoft Incubation Group (may be in-person or virtual depending on location)
  • Allowance on a premium Microsoft Office 365 service for one year (for up to five team members)
  • 1 Surface product

Microsoft will also be providing second, third and other prizes. If you want to know more about the hackathon, head over to this website.