Microsoft Hackathons

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Dictionary definition of Hackathon, "hack-a-thon" (pronunciation) noun, informal, an event, typically lasting several days. . .

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.

For details, read these Microsoft articles:

At the largest private hackathon on the planet, Microsoft employees fire up ideas by the thousands

Empathy and Innovation: How Microsoft's culture shift is leading to new product development