Microsoft OpenHack is a developer focused event where a wide variety of participants (Open) learn through hands-on experimentation (Hack) using challenges based on real world customer engagements designed to mimic the developer journey. OpenHack is a premium Microsoft event that provides a unique upskilling experience for customers and partners. Rather than traditional presentation-based conferences, OpenHack offers a different unique hands-on coding experience for developers.
OpenHack is designed primarily for a developer audience. However, some OpenHack topics can be of interest to other audience types. Please check the relevant OpenHack registration pages for information on who should attend.
There are many benefits to attending an OpenHack, but specifically, attendees will gain skills and expertise needed to deploy the specified technology workload in their work, get answers to tech and workplace project questions from Microsoft and community experts, and have an opportunity to work directly with Microsoft tech experts to address specific business projects and challenges related to the targeted workload..
The OpenHack experience is primarily focused on Hacking challenges. Attendees work together alongside an expert coach in teams of up to five people to complete challenges that increase in complexity over the course of the event. Some OpenHack events offer additional programming, including: Envisioning sessions, a private, two-hour session working directly with Microsoft technology experts to discuss specific company projects pertaining to the workload; Expert Talks with Engineers; and evening Community activities and Meetups.
OpenHack registration is open to any developer, however, the event organizing team will need to approve and confirm your participation at the OpenHack. If you are confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email.
Yes, all government and public sector employees can register for an OpenHack, however, these employees are required to comply with their internal rules and regulations regarding free content and gifts. You may need to have a gifting letter signed by your ethics officer in order to receive items of value. Please be sure to check the box for “government employee” during the registration process so we are aware of your status.
Each attendee will need to bring their own laptop, power supply and any additional peripherals you may need (dongles, mouse, etc.). In addition, you will need to have all required software installed. Please see the event registration page for specific information related to the specific OpenHack you wish to attend.
Please bring your own laptop, power supply and any additional peripherals you may need (dongles, mouse, etc.). Please also review the pre-requisites and install any required software on your machine. Azure subscriptions will be provided.
Yes! Microsoft employees preferably in a technical role may attend an OpenHack and Upskill along with our customers and partners. We may, however, limit the number of employees based on the number of external attendees.
Its highly encouraged for Microsoft Tech roles to join their customers at OpenHack. OpenHack offers a great opportunity for both internal attendees and their customers to learn more about what Microsoft technologies have to offer and apply this learning to their existing customer scenarios.