Microsoft’s last year Super bowl commercial celebrated what technology can do, as told by Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with ALS. He uses a Surface Pro running Tobii’s eye gazer technology to speak, and do many other kind of activities. He is visiting Microsoft’s campus this week for attending the hackathon. A team is working on a solution that would allow people like Gleason to turn their Surface On/Off using the eye gaze. As powerful as the Surface Pro 3 is, Gleason knows it can be even more accessible. Since the Super Bowl, he has sent Microsoft a list of proposed improvements, including better predictive typing software and larger fonts. His ideas reflect the spirit of this week’s company-wide hackathon, when our employees team up to challenge, adapt and improve our products and services with more than 2,000 suggested hacks. Microsoft listened and invited Gleason ...

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Hackathons are more popular among small to medium companies. It became popular among large enterprises after companies like Facebook demonstrated huge success with these programs. Facebook employees came up with lots of interesting ideas which was later shipped to customers. Microsoft also had hackathons which were organized by different divisions at different locations. But this year, Microsoft is making their ever companywide exercise in growth hacking. This hackthon is a key part of //oneweek, which is CEO Satya Nadella’s effort to reinvent the way the company does business and to encourage the rise of brilliant ideas no matter where they originate. //Oneweek includes several events such as a company forum on Monday where leadership will set priorities for the year, the hackathon on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a Product Fair on Wednesday and Thursday. Senior leadership, in planning this week’s events, wanted to “kick off the new fiscal year in a new way,” said Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft’s corporate vice president ...

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The Kinect for Windows team recently conducted a hackathon in partnership with NUI Central. The hackathon went on for 27-hours and the participants were focused on developing applications and experiences using the upcoming Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and SDK 2.0. The event had around 100 participants from around the world. Kinect for Windows team revealed that developers have shown tremendous interest in the experimental near-field firmware that turns the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor into a near-field device that can be used at close range (from 10cm to 1m). Find out the top three teams from the hackathon below, First place: lightspeed. Their application, called K4B, used a Kinect for Windows v2 sensor to scan large ceiling spaces in order to map HVAC and electrical details so that renovators can get accurate, detailed as-built measurements. Second place: adabiits. Their application, Thing T. Thing, included a robotic hand that waves ...

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Great news for Windows Phone and Windows developers around San Francisco Bay Area of California. Microsoft has partnered with Facebook to host a hackathon down in Menlo Park at the Facebook offices. There will be number of Microsoft engineers along with Facebook’s engineers to demonstrate easily you can deeply integrate Facebook platform across both the Windows and Windows Phone apps. Microsoft is even promising 1:1 assistance along with some great speakers. Join Facebook and Microsoft engineers for an overnight hackathon on January 17th. Learn how to integrate Facebook login and Facebook platform APIs into your Windows and Windows Phone apps. Why you should attend: Learn how to build apps for Windows and Windows Phone Learn how to integrate Facebook Login and Sharing into your Windows and Windows Phone apps Come ready to hack with Microsoft and Facebook engineers! There will be food, drinks, and prizes Who should attend: This is a technical event and ...

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