On Saturday 2nd May 2020, the weekend before the yearly Microsoft Business Applications (MBAS) Summit, 390 participants from 40 countries took part in a 24 hour ‘follow the sun’ hackathon. This was the 3rd hackathon organised by a group of Dynamics 365 and Power Platform enthusiasts from the UK known as TDG (short for ‘Those Dynamics Guys’), having run their first in-person event at the Microsoft Reactor in London and a second during MBAS 2019.
Titled the ‘Hack4Good’ the purpose of the hack was to encourage people of all levels of expertise and experience to participate in the Power Platform community, by helping to develop solutions that could be used to help combat crisis situations such as the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The hack was due to follow 4 timezones;
- AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
- IST (India Standard Time)
- EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa)
- EST (Eastern Standard Time)
There were 7 global judges, assigned to judge entries within a particular timezone;
- AEST/IST: Mark Smith, Elaiza Benitez
- EMEA: Ben Vollmer, Ana Demeny, Scott Durow
- EST: Sarah Critchley, Brian Galicia
The Hack4Good started at 09:00am AEST, which was the first timezone to come online, and literally followed the sun as teams from the other timezones appeared. Each timezone was managed by volunteers from within the Power Platform community, many of them MVPs.
Timezone leads were;
- AEST: Lisa Crosbie, EE Lane Yu
- IST: Nijo Joseph
- EMEA: Lucy Bourne, Lee Baker, Alison Mulligan, Mike Hartley
- EST: Emma D’Arcy, Andrew Welch
- Ian Bourne (Team Leader)
- Bianca Caravtov
- Nujcharee (Ped) Haswell
- Andrew Patterson
- Laurynas (Larry) Merkelis
Once the solutions had been designed and built they were submitted for judging with finalists announced in each timezone. The finalists were;
- AEST: Power Kiwi
- IST: BTD (By the Devs)
- EMEA : Automotive Gold & Crazy Power Solutions
- EST: Flow Fam & Fighting Faucis
All of the finalists produced absolutely remarkable solutions, any one of which could go on to provide huge value. There had to be a winning team though, and in the end the overall winners were BTD (ByTheDevs) from India.
The whole day was a huge success in terms of Community participation and the amount of heart that went into every solution, as well as providing incredible value in terms of the solutions that had been developed.
We all agreed we would do it all over again in a heartbeat! Massive appreciation and kudos goes out to the organisers and everyone who supported the day, with special ‘thank you’ to Narayan Solanki for co-ordinating the streaming all day.