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Got nothing to do during this extended quarantine? Assemble a team of thinkers and use Azure technologies to come up with solutions to today’s business problems. Your idea just might win your team USD 3,000 from Microsoft!

Microsoft, ride-hailing app Grab, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and AngelHack have launched the 2020 Microsoft Azure Virtual Hackathon. The competition aims to bring together talented developers, engineers, designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs from the Asia-Pacific region. Participating teams must solve real-world business challenges using artificial intelligence, cloud technology, computer vision, natural language processing, and other new tech resources.

A “virtual” hackathon

As of today, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force people to stay indoors. However, this period of social distancing also presents an excellent opportunity to come up with innovative solutions.

According to AngelHack’s Asia-Pacific regional manager Jasmine Nguyen, they teamed up with Microsoft to encourage and engage APAC’s community of developers to “code for a meaningful cause” while staying at home. “We are excited about what our community will innovate.”

Prizes include USD 3,000 for the winning team of each challenge (c/o Microsoft), Surface tablets for all members of the top team (c/o Grab), and opportunities to visit Singapore for UNDP’s various sustainability events and initiatives.

Residents of the Philippines are among those eligible to join the 2020 Microsoft Azure Virtual Hackathon. Participants should be at least 18 years of age, and may be part of a team with five participants max.

The first phase of the competition starts on April 17 and ends on May 17. During this stage, participating teams must come up with their idea, and submit it along with their proposed solution design and architecture. Prototyping will commence during the second phase, from May 25 to June 14.

You may register via the official event website until May 17, 2020 to join the virtual hackathon, or visit AngelHack’s official website for more information.

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