In Summary

Coders, developers and hackathon enthusiasts can register now for the first Australian Microsoft More Personal Computing Hackathon, a 48 hour event that will see up to 50 teams work around the clock to develop innovative software applications for a suite of Microsoft products.

Being held at Swinburne University of Technology’s Hawthorn campus, from Friday 23 October- Sunday 25 October, the event will give interdisciplinary teams an opportunity to use Microsoft products to unlock innovation.

Working with the newest products including the Microsoft Band, Kinect, Cortana, Azure and Windows 10, the teams will also have access to local and international Microsoft engineers to answer questions.

Over the course of the event, participants will bring concepts to working prototypes and receive prizes for the best work.

Swinburne Dean of Software and Electrical Engineering, Professor John Grundy, said that the event was a great opportunity for the developer community to share knowledge, challenge others, and drive digital innovation.

“We are excited to be giving people access to Microsoft’s newest products," Professor Grundy said. 

“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, said that it was exciting to be working with the Australian developer community and the team looked forward to seeing the outcomes.  

“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."

The Microsoft 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.

Interested in competing in the Microsoft More Personal Computing Hackathon? Register online now.