oneweek Hackathon Microsoft Official

Microsoft is hosting its annual //oneweek hackathon this week. The company says that the event will be held across 72 countries around the world and that 14,000 Microsoft employees will take part.

In an official blog post to announce the event, Microsoft says that there are more than 3,200 registered Hackathon projects. During the week developers will be able to hack anything. Microsoft uses bots and HoloLens as two examples. These are two areas where the company is pushing for increased developer support.

Other potential hacks, according to the company, are accessibility, inclusive design, and cognitive services.

“This is the third year of //oneweek, which brings employees together as they work on projects that inspire them, as well as see and demo the latest Microsoft products, ask questions about what’s coming in the next fiscal year, volunteer in their communities and celebrate their accomplishments.”

Last year a Microsoft team looking to bring more education tools to OneNote won the 2015 //oneweek Hackathon. The OneNote for Learning extension comes with the following features:

“Special text formatting tools that can make reading, writing and note-taking easier. Features include enhanced dictation powered by Bing speech recognition services. Immersive reading that uses Windows services of simultaneous audio text playback with highlighting. Natural language processing that relies on Microsoft Research.”

Hackathon Breakthrough

Earlier in the year, Microsoft announced its first-ever open hack during the company’s first Indian convention.

The Open Source on Azure hackathon in India arrived as the Open Hack. The competition saw developers work on applications and ideas around the State Governments digital frameworks.