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  • Blog Post: STEM Labs: A firsthand look at the life of a software developer

    Ever since Microsoft DX started hosting hackfests last this year, we’ve seen steady growth in the level of participation. Rarely does a week go by that we don’t have at least one hackfest going on in Redmond or elsewhere. Last week there were three going on, and this week I’m headed...
  • Blog Post: A Recap of the Edupoint Hackfest

    About six months ago Microsoft DX conducted a hackfest with Edupoint , a software vendor based in Arizona that builds Student Information Systems (SIS) - solutions to help teachers track each student’s progress and identify where changes might be needed. For the last several years, Edupoint...
  • Blog Post: PART TWO: Microsoft and Skyline Hack Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Technologies

    A few months back DX team member Jason Young kicked off a series of hackfests with Skyline Technologies that were focused on helping manufacturers make better use of their data. As I spelled out in a related post earlier this year , manufacturers are swimming in data from a variety of sources throughout...
  • Blog Post: Project Thali: Giving Users More Flexibility and Control Through a P2P Web

    If there’s a common theme among the people on my team, it’s their ability to overcome some of the thorniest technical challenges with what might be considered the most unorthodox of approaches. Yaron Goland is a great example. Throughout a lengthy career at Microsoft (as well as a six...
  • Blog Post: Accela and Microsoft Hackfest — Providing Access to Open Data, Online and Off-Grid

    A few weeks ago several of us from the U.S. and worldwide DPE teams holed up in Redmond for a few days of coding. Our goal was to prove that there is an easy way to take a Web App and port it over to a mobile experience, and then make it work in both connected and offline scenarios. Joining us for...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Skyline Hack Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Technologies

    Last month we held a hackathon with Skyline Technologies , a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in building solutions for the manufacturing sector. Roughly one-quarter of the jobs in that region are in manufacturing. The manufacturing industry is already experiencing a revolution with the introduction...
  • Blog Post: Website to App — The Web App Template Simplifies Windows App Development

    At BUILD last year, Guggs and I showed how Giorgio Sardo and his team here in DPE have been coding together with great companies — like Khan Academy — to move entire websites into Windows Store apps — more or less effortlessly. As I showed in the demo, the trick to making this so...
  • Blog Post: The Facebook and Microsoft Hackathon — Some Background

    Hopefully you've heard about the upcoming hackathon that Facebook and Microsoft are hosting at the Facebook headquarters in San Francisco on Jan. 17. Head over to the registration page for details and to RSVP for the event. The goal of the hackathon is to help developers integrate Facebook Login...
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