Hack Together: The Power Platform AI Global Hack

April Dunnam

Are you ready to unleash your creativity and build amazing solutions with Microsoft Power Platform and AI?

If so, join us for Hack Together: Power Platform AI Global Hack, a virtual event where you can learn, experiment, and hack together with the new Copilot and AI features in the Power Platform.

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What is Hack Together?

Hack Together is a global online hackathon that runs from September 14th to 28th, 2023.

It’s open to anyone who wants to explore the possibilities of using AI in the Power Platform, whether you are a beginner, advanced maker, admin or a professional developer – all are welcome! You can join solo or hack together as a team of up to 3 people.

The goal of Hack Together is to build solutions in Power Platform that leverage 1 or more Copilot and AI features. You can use any of the AI features available in Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Virtual Agents, Power Pages and AI Builder, such as:

  • Power Apps Copilot: Create apps faster and easier by generating app components based on natural language inputs.
  • Power Automate Copilot: Create flows faster and easier by generating flow steps based on natural language inputs.
  • Power Virtual Agents Copilot: Create bot topics with natural language and connect your bot to your websites to pull answers with GPT.
  • Power Pages Copilot: Leverage AI to create business grade websites and write content for your websites with GPT.
  • AI Builder Create Text with GPT model: Generate text content based on natural language inputs, powered by Azure OpenAI Service.
  • AI Builder Form Processing: Extract data from forms and documents with AI.

How to participate

To participate in Hack Together, you need to register for the event at https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai/register.

You will also need to have access to a Microsoft 365 account with a Power Platform license. If you don’t have one, you can see how to get one here.

Once you have registered and have access to the Power Platform, you can start building your solution! We’ve created a Learn Collection to help you get started: https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai/learn

You can also join the Hack Together community here to ask questions, share ideas, and get feedback from Microsoft experts and other participants. Drop a comment in the forum and introduce yourself so you can get to know your fellow hackers!

You can submit your solution anytime before September 28th, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST. You will need to provide a short video demo of your solution, a brief description of the problem statement, the solution overview, and the AI features used. You can submit your solution here.

Looking for more info about the event? Check out our site for all the details: https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai

What are the prizes?

The best solutions will be selected by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation: How original and creative is the solution?
  • Impact: How well does the solution address a real-world problem or opportunity?
  • Usability: How easy and intuitive is the solution to use?
  • Technical Quality: How well does the solution leverage the AI features in the Power Platform?

The winners will be announced the week of October 23rd. You get the opportunity to win the following prizes:

🏆 Grand prize winner – The best of the best! This category rewards the solution that meets all judging criteria, wows judges, and has potential real-world value.

  • $150 Gift Card
  • A Pair of Power Platform Branded Socks
  • A Power Platform Branded T-Shirt
  • A Power Platform Branded Backpack
  • A Special Edition of Code Magazine

🥇 Best AI-powered solution – This category rewards the solution that integrates AI in an innovative way.

  • $75 Gift Card
  • A Pair of Power Platform Branded Socks
  • A Power Platform Branded T-Shirt
  • A Special Edition of Code Magazine

🥇 Best better together solution – This category rewards the solution that integrates AI in an innovative way. For example, a chatbot that automates common tasks or an app that uses AI to suggest relevant files for users.

  • $75 Gift Card
  • A Pair of Power Platform Branded Socks
  • A Power Platform Branded T-Shirt
  • A Special Edition of Code Magazine

🥇 Best Diversity, Equity and Inclusion solution – This category rewards the solution that helps make the Power Platform community more diverse, equitable and inclusive. For example, an app that helps makes sure you have a diverse lineup of speakers for events.

  • $75 Gift Card
  • A Pair of Power Platform Branded Socks
  • A Power Platform Branded T-Shirt
  • A Special Edition of Code Magazine

🏅 Plus, all hackathon participants who submit an app will receive a digital badge.

Join the fun!

Are you ready to hack? You will learn new skills, meet new people, and have fun along the way. Plus, you might win some awesome prizes!

We’ll have livestreams every week for you to learn more about the Power Platform and all the Copilot and AI features. We have a great lineup of Microsoft executives like Ryan Cunningham, VP of Power Apps and Stephen Siciliano, VP of Power Automate as well as our Power Platform Advocacy team and MVP’s that are ready to help you get up to speed so you can start hacking!

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So, what are you waiting for? Register now and start hacking! We can’t wait to see what you create! 😊

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