Monday, 28 September 2015 11:56

First OZ Microsoft ‘More Personal Computing Hackathon’ hosted by Swinburne


Coders, developers and hackathon enthusiasts: register now for Microsoft’s 48 hour ‘More Personal Computing Hackathon’ event in Australia, using Microsoft’s latest technologies.

Up to 50 teams will be set to participate in Microsoft’s first Australian ‘More Personal Computing Hackathon’, and they’ll be working around the clock over a 48-hour person ‘to develop innovative software applications for a suite of Microsoft products.

These products will include the Microsoft Band, Kinect, Cortana, Azure and Windows 10, and the teams will also have access to local and international Microsoft engineers to answer questions.

The event will be held at the Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus, from Friday 23 October to Sunday 25 October and will give interdisciplinary teams an opportunity to use Microsoft products to unlock innovation. Over the course of the event, we’re told that ‘participants will bring concepts to working prototypes and receive prizes for the best work.’

Swinburne Dean of Software and Electrical Engineering, Professor John Grundy, noted that ‘the event was a great opportunity for the developer community to share knowledge, challenge others, and drive digital innovation and said: “We are excited to be giving people access to Microsoft’s newest products. 

“This is the first time that the Microsoft Band will be in Australia. This in itself is a valuable opportunity for software developers.” 

Microsoft Australia technology evangelist, Lawrence Crumpton, commented that ‘it was exciting to be working with the Australian developer community and the team looked forward to seeing the outcomes’ and said: “Australia is a nation of innovators and we’re keen to inspire and challenge developers to bring technology ideas to life. I want to encourage Australian entrepreneurs to dream big and get involved."

In addition, Microsoft’s More Personal Computing Hackathon is the kick-off event for Melbourne International Games Week

It is being run in conjunction with Opaque Multimedia, Swinburne University of Technology, Creative Victoria and VicHealth. The event is sponsored by Microsoft’s Developer Experience Team.

What about the prizes?

These include:

  • Every attendee will receive a 30% discount pass to Future Assembly, Australia’s newest emergent technology festival.
  • The best overall application will receive a trip to Sydney for the opening of the first flagship Microsoft store outside the US.
  • The best Kinect application will receive a Kinect for each team member.
  • The best Kinect 4 Unreal application will receive a Kinect 4 Unreal development support package.
  • The best Health application will receive a stand at Future Assembly and more TBA.

If you’re interested in competing in the Microsoft More Personal Computing Hackathon, then you’re invited to register online now!

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