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Microsoft OpenHack is a developer-focused engagement where a wide variety of participants (Open) learn through hands-on experimentation (Hack) using challenges based on real-world customer scenarios designed to mimic the developer journey. OpenHack provides a unique and fun upskilling experience for Microsoft employees, customers and partners. Participants work together in teams to complete challenges that increase in complexity and are actively engaged, requiring deep collaboration, as they learn together.

OpenHack is designed primarily for a technical 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 participate.

There are many benefits to participating an OpenHack, but specifically, participants 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. Participants 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 engagement either in-person or virtually online.

There is no fee to register or participate in an OpenHack.

The OpenHack event team will need to approve and confirm your participation for 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 OpenHack is unique and has a different set of recommended pre-requisites. Please check the registration confirmation email for a complete list of pre-requisites needed to be successful at OpenHack.

OpenHack challenges are designed for technical roles with experience.

Each OpenHack is unique and has a different set of recommended tools and downloads. Please check the registration confirmation email for a complete list of tooling needed to be successful at OpenHack.