In everyone lies a changemaker, and you can make an impact.

We invite you to join us for the Microsoft #BuildFor2030 Hackathon, an opportunity to focus your attention and resources on growing as a changemaker, and creating solutions that will make a difference, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Whether you’re well on your way as a purpose-driven business or just starting out, we are here to support your journey. Take your current offering (or new idea) to the next level with resources to skill up, build, and grow your impact solutions and services.   

Let’s come together as a diverse community of Microsoft partners and learn how everyone and any solution can be built to make an impact. 

Want to make a positive change in the world? Now is the time to do it. 

Getting started

Start by joining the Microsoft #BuildFor2030 Hackathon to get important updates throughout the event and prepare your submission.

Then review the participant guide - we walk through the key steps to building a diverse team, registering, hacking, and submitting your project - so that you can have a successful #BuildFor2030 Hackathon experience. 

After you've joined and when you're ready, register your team. Click on ‘Start Project’ on this page to fill out basic information on your team and organization outlined here. By registering, you can unlock access to solution building resources and sales acceleration services to grow your business. 

#BuildFor2030 Challenge Areas

Build a hack team to create innovative solutions aligned to #BuildFor2030 challenge areas:  

Build For 2030 pixels representing Gender Equality Gender equality: Solutions that create more equal participation, economic access, and opportunities at all levels in work and life for women and girls.

Build for 2030 pixels representing Climate Action and Sustainability Climate action and sustainability: Solutions that address sustainability challenges faced by customers and industries across the globe, helping organizations unlock data, support environmental impact reduction initiatives, and create more sustainable outcomes. 

Build for 2030 pixels representing Accessibility and disability inclusion Accessibility and disability inclusion: Accessible technology and solutions that enable inclusive experiences for 1+ billion people living with disabilities.

Build for 2030 pixels representing Enabling Nonprofits Enabling nonprofits: Solutions that enable the nonprofit sector to achieve scalable and measurable mission impact.

Build for 2030 pixels representing Empowering Communities Empowering communities: Solutions that strengthen our institutions, create more equitable access to health, education, and social services, and support resilient communities.

Build for 2030 pixels representing the UN SDGs *NEW* Open category: Industry, horizontal, or other community-oriented solutions that support any of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Check out challenge area prompts, the #BuildFor2030 skilling library and more at Resources.

Community Partners

We're excited to have participating community organizations with us on this changemaking journey, working together to extend our reach and collective impact. 

We invite you to learn more and engage with these organizations to grow your network, meet other changemakers, and build community along the way. 

Requirements

What to submit

  • A solution that addresses at least one of the #BuildFor2030 challenge areas; and must be developed primarily using Microsoft technologies.
  • The solution must be either newly created or, if the published solution existed prior to the Hackathon Submission Period, must be significantly updated after the start of the Hackathon Submission Period.
  • Your submission must include:
    • Your Partner Organization and your PartnerID (find it here: aka.ms/mpn_id)
    • An attestation that your team members(s) engaged with at least one resource from the #BuildFor2030 skilling library during the hackathon and how the knowledge and skills gained were applied in the submission. 
    • All the required fields on the “Enter a Submission” page of the Hackathon Website including:
      • Information about the selected challenge statement, project development, Microsoft technologies used, and potential impact.
      • A text description that should explain the features and functionality of your Project.
      • An image representing the Project submission. This may be a team photo or logo.
      • An optional video that highlights the value of your solution being developed and how it addresses the #BuildFor2030 Hackathon challenge area statement you chose to solve. This may include a presentation or walkthrough of how the solution works, features, target users, etc. Videos should be less than 3 minutes and meet recommended guidelines within the official rules. 

Entry materials must be in English of if not in English, an English translation of submitted materials, including the demonstration video must be provided. 

Your final entry must be submitted by 11:45 P.M. Pacific time zone, November 17, 2022. Please do not wait until the last minute! Microsoft is unable to accept any entries after the submission deadline.

Review the full eligibility and submission requirements in the Microsoft #BuildFor2030 Hackathon official rules.

 

Hackathon Sponsors

Prizes

$60,000 in prizes

#BuildFor2030 Hackathon Challenge Area Winners (6)

• $10,000.00 (USD) to the winning organization
• Feature in the Microsoft #BuildFor2030 Hackathon winner announcement blog and social post(s)
• Exclusive #BuildFor2030 Hackathon Winner promotion kit
• Engagement opportunity with a Microsoft leader
• Access to Partner Go-to-market (GTM) Toolbox with customizable co-marketing assets (1)
• Two (2) consultations with a Microsoft Partner Technical Consultant (1, 2)
• Invitation to the ISV Success Program with access to cloud credits, 1:1 consultation, curated content, and developer tools (3)

(1) Expires June 30, 2023.
(2) Review “Learn more about technical presales and deployment services” section here for in-scope services.
(3) Subject to your fulfillment of prevailing nomination or application criteria and process.

#BuildFor2030 Hackathon Heroes (between 5- 20) (5)

• Exclusive #BuildFor2030 Hackathon Heroes promotion kit
• Access to Partner Go-to-market (GTM) Toolbox with customizable co-marketing assets
• Two (2) consultations with a Microsoft Partner Technical Consultant (1, 2)
• Invitation to the ISV Success Program with access to cloud credits, 1:1 consultation, curated content, and developer tools (3)

In addition, ALL #BuildFor2030 Hackathon Winners and Hero Awardees will gain added consideration for:

• Microsoft #BuildFor2030 Initiative feature opportunities (3)
• Partnering community organizations’ feature opportunities (3) (e.g., events)
• Microsoft events feature opportunities (e.g., Inspire)

(1) Expires June 30, 2023.
(2) Review “Learn more about technical presales and deployment services” section here for in-scope services.
(3) Subject to your fulfillment of prevailing nomination or application criteria and process.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Judges will comprise a team of Microsoft subject matter experts and leaders.

Judges will comprise a team of Microsoft subject matter experts and leaders.

Judging Criteria

  • • Build for impact:
    Does the submission make or create something, leveraging Microsoft technologies, that is tangible that can be shown or demonstrated, going beyond an idea?
  • • Address the challenge:
    Does the entry address a Hackathon challenge statement, and present a clear and relevant solution that drives positive impact in the world (such as greater inclusion, equity, sustainability, resilient communities etc.)?
  • • Customer or community focus:
    Is the entry clear on who the solution is built for? Does it provide a compelling solution for the customer/ user/ community?
  • • Business value:
    Does this project provide business value? For example, does it enable businesses to meet environmental, social, governance (ESG) goals, attract new users, improve employee or customer experience, increase revenue, reduce costs etc.?
  • • Feasibility:
    Does the project have a reasonable chance of success or a possible pathway forward to implementation and delivery to market?
  • • Inspiration and energy:
    Does the idea bring inspiration, energy, excitement, fresh perspective, an innovative approach, or delight?
  • • Inclusion and sustainability:
    Was the solution built with inclusive and/or sustainable design in mind? Did the team consider who is excluded from the solution being built? How was input from the diversity of customers intended to use the solution considered?

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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