Power Platform Global AI #HackTogether Keynote Recap and What’s Coming

April Dunnam

Last week we launched The Power Platform Global AI #HackTogether – a virtual hackathon all about using AI in the Power Platform. Here’s what happened last week and what’s still to come.

Week 0 Recap

Last week, we kicked off the virtual hackathon with a keynote by Ryan Cunningham (Vice President, Power Apps).

Ryan gave an insightful presentation on how AI can empower developers to create smarter and more intuitive applications. This can result in more personalized and efficient software that can cater to the needs of individual users and tackle big challenges.

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Ryan Recap

Later in the session, April Dunnam showed us how to get ready for the Hackathon and gave us some tips and tricks to make the most out of the hack. She was joined by Daniel Laskewitz, who went over the logistics and award categories. He also revealed some key tips on how to impress the judges and win some awesome prizes. The categories were:

  • The Grand Prize
  • The Best Better Together Use Case
  • The Best AI Powered Solution
  • The Best Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Use Case

Daniel Recap

Then we got some more excitement as Gomolemo Mohapi revealed the amazing prizes you can win by participating in this challenge! You could be the lucky winner of gift cards, socks, backpacks, and T-shirts that will make you stand out from the crowd! And that’s not all – every entry will receive a digital badge to show off your skills and creativity! Gomolemo also explained how your entry will be evaluated by our expert judges. Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun and win big!

The judges will base their decisions on:

  • Innovation
  • Impact
  • Usability
  • Alignment with the award category

Gomo Recap

What’s on deck this week?

In week 1 of the Power Platform AI Global HackTogther, we have series of sessions to introduce the Power Platform Copilots, AI Builder and Azure OpenAI. These are sessions to dive deeper into the Power Platform capabilities and get to know the people who help to bring these apps to life.

September 18th, 2023, 9:00AM PST | Introduction to Power Platform Copilots

Copilot Session

Join live/Watch on-demand: https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai/session2

What’s this session about?

In this session you’ll learn about:

  • Power Apps Copilots for building and editing desktop and mobile applications

  • Power Automate Copilot for creating and editing automations

  • Power Virtual Agents Copilot and conversation booster for creating intelligent chatbots

  • Power Pages Copilot for creating business websites

You’ll get a high-level overview of what you can do with these Copilots and get live demos of them in action!


  • April Dunnam – Power Platform Advocate
  • Priya Vaidyanathan – Principal PM Manager, Power Pages

Sep 20, 2023, 9:00AM PST | Getting Started with AI Builder in the Power Platform.

AI Builder Session

Join live/Watch on-demand: https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai/session3

What’s this session about?

Dive into the AI-powered possibilities of AI Builder with us! Power Platform Advocate, Gomolemo Mohapi will be joined by Ashish Bhatia, Program Manager at Microsoft, to showcase how to add intelligence to your Power Platform solutions with AI Builder. You’ll get an overview of what you can do with AI Builder and see demos of some of the functionality in action so you can get ideas for how to integrate these AI models into your solutions.


  • Gomolemo Mohapi – Power Platform Advocate
  • Ashish Bhatia – Product Manager

Sep 21, 2023, 9:00AM PST | Leveraging Azure OpenAI Service in the Power Platform.

Azure OpenAI Session

Join live/Watch on-demand: https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai/session4

What’s this session about?

Join Power Platform Advocate, Daniel Laskewitz and Microsoft MVP, Robin Rosengrün as they dive into the world of Azure OpenAI. This can be used in addition to the out of the box capabilities of Copilot and AI Builder to add more generative AI power to your Power Platform solutions. Robin and Daniel will break down how it works and how you can extend your solutions with it.


  • Daniel Laskewitz – Power Platform Advocate
  • Robin Rosengrün – Microsoft MVP

Final word

Although we started last week, it’s still not too late to join us. Head to https://aka.ms/hacktogether/powerplatform-ai/ to learn more about the hackathon and register for a chance to win exciting prizes!

And if you’ve already joined the hack, sure to join our Discussion Board to introduce yourself and meet your fellow hackers. This is also where you’ll go to post any questions you have, and our team of experts will be there to help you!

We’re looking forward to seeing what you’ll build! 


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