In 2018, more than 18,000 people across 400 cities and 75 countries came together for Microsoft's annual Hackathon. What is a hackathon? It is an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. Basically, "hacking" (coding competition) and "marathon". Microsoft's Hackathon - the largest private hackathon - is a week long event held in July. It is an opportunity for Microsoft employees to jump-start a project that they are passionate about. Several successful assistive technology apps and humanitarian projects were started through hackathons, including Seeing AI, Learning Tools for OneNote, Ability EyeGaze and SoundScapes.
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