We are delighted to welcome Microsoft as a Challenge Sponsor, as they sponsor Hack24 for the first time!

Over the last three decades, Microsoft has consistently transformed the way that people live, work, play and connect through great technology. Their global vision is to empower every person and organisation to achieve more, but they also pursue a wide range of initiatives with particular resonance and relevance to the UK. From working responsibly and sustainably to ensuring that the technology created makes life better - not just for their customers, partners and employees, but for everyone.

Something we at Hack24 are incredibly passionate about is getting more young people interested and participating in STEM subjects from as early an age as possible, and Microsoft is leading the way by creating products such as the BBC micro:bit for use in the classroom and at home.

Microsoft has a wide range of services and APIs that help you build smart, intelligent AI capabilities into your applications. As well being widely used in the local community, Microsoft’s services and products have been subjects of popular talks at local meetups, such as Paul Maloney’s talk on ‘The New Microsoft’ at Tech on Toast and Gosia Borzecka’s talk on Cognitive Services at Women in Tech.

We feel incredibly privileged to have Microsoft be a part of Hack24 this year. They will be putting forward an enticing challenge and awesome prize for our heroic hackers and we can’t wait to find out what they are!

Microsoft are very happy to support Hack24 for the first time. Technical communities are very important to Microsoft, and Tech Nottingham and Hack24 are one of the country’s best so we are delighted to be involved. We can’t wait to see what developers do with our AI services and technologies at the hack and we are looking forward to supporting them along the way.
— Martin Kearn, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft

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