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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Microsoft yesterday announced the winners of the 2014 Microsoft Life Sciences Innovation Awards at the Drug Information Association’s (DIA) 50th annual meeting in San Diego. Microsoft is giving this award to recognize pharmaceutical, biotechnology, clinical resource organizations, and medical device companies that are leading the charge in scientific collaboration and innovation and they are doing it for past 9 years. We’re always excited about giving out these awards because it’s an opportunity to highlight the achievements of life sciences companies that have streamlined processes to help speed therapeutic breakthroughs for serious health ailments using Microsoft products and technologies. This year’s winners were selected by a panel of industry experts. They were chosen based on three criteria: how their innovation represents a breakthrough in the industry; whether it goes beyond incremental improvements on technologies that already exist; and how it improves the company’s ability to get safer, more efficacious products or services to market faster ...

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Microsoft and 1776 last year announced a partnership agreement that will bring Microsoft’s industry, business, and technical resources to the world’s most promising startups in the heart of Washington, DC. Today, they announced the opening of Microsoft Innovation Lounge at 1776 in Washington. Judson Althoff, president of Microsoft North America, and Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776 helped in creating this new project. Microsoft expects that this new Innovation Lounge will be used and leveraged by the 1776 startups and community as a way to facilitate access to expertise and mentorship, and to provide a space for startups to create, innovate and collaborate. It has all the latest Microsoft products from 55-inch Perceptive Pixel touchscreen display to Windows Phone devices. Startups can also use this space to demonstrate their work to customers and investors. 1776 and its campus sit at the center of the D.C. community, serving as a hub of ...

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TechCrunch spoke to Steve Wozniak at spoke at TEDx Brussels this week, and in response to a question about whether he thought Microsoft was more innovative than Apple he listed a number of new innovations by Microsoft which caused him to worry that Apple may lose ground for “making the same thing as they used to make.” There is no denying that Microsoft is making a huge bet with Windows 8– one that if it pays off will certainly make Microsoft look very prescient. Do our readers think Microsoft is more innovative than the richest company in the world? Let us know below. ...

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