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If you’re a fan of the Office 365 Developer Podcast as we are, you have probably heard Jeremy Thake promoting the Office 365 Developer Hackathons that he was conducting at conferences in 2015. Right now the Office Dev team is running their hackathon online now through March 1, 2016 and you can still find a team an enter the hackathon (or code an entry by yourself). Microsoft is offering some great prizes (cash awards up to $10,000, conference tickets, subscriptions to premium Microsoft Office 365 services and a Surface product). If you work for a large organization (over 50 employees) or are employed by a public sector organization, you may win one of the non-cash prizes. See the eligibility section.
The main requirement is that you create something productive including a Microsoft Office 365 Add-in and that it integrates with at least one of the Microsoft Office 365 APIs (mail, calendar, files, photos/video, contacts or Microsoft Graph). As part of the entry, you’ll need to include a demo video of your app (30-day trial of Camtasia) that you’ve uploaded to a video service (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), a screenshot of your application and a way for the judges to access your working application so they can test and judge it. The requirements are all clearly spelled out. It looks like you could submit your solution and then edit your submission up until the end of the contest on March 1.
The online hackathon is a good motivation to code something fun (and productive) and if you win, get some recognition by the Office Team.
Find out more about the Microsoft Office 365 hackathon including eligibility, requirements, judging criteria and the full list of prizes.