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About OpenHack

Our Microsoft OpenHack is a developer-focused engagement where a wide variety of participants learn through hands-on experimentation 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. Attendees work together in teams to complete challenges that increase in complexity and are actively engaged, requiring deep collaboration, as they learn together.

OpenHack delegates can expect to:

  • Hack on challenges designed to leave you with the skills and expertise needed to deploy your solution.
  • Network with fellow industry peers and other professional developers from large enterprises as well as Microsoft engineers.
  • Participate in technical talks with industry subject matter experts.
  • Take advantage of the limited number of envisioning sessions with Microsoft experts on your own workplace projects. These sessions are available on a first come, first served basis.
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Attendee Feedback

A selection of Attendee comments and feedback.

This is still a very collaborative approach, even though it is virtual. Having a mix of people meant that where one person had expertise they were able to lead the group, along with splitting up over tasks.

Microsoft CSA
The overall team learning and getting over frustrations around the issues we found.

Microsoft CSA
Getting hands on with the command line again and k8s tools. Working in a team.

Microsoft CSA
Ability to still collaborate with team even though it was virtual. The teams environment was a great way to collaborate virtually.

Microsoft CSA
Extremely impressed with doing this via Teams. The fact that I was working with people for the first time and I thought the way in which we collaborated was outstanding! I can’t wait to get access to my Teams custom background!

500 Customer
The immersion and minimal distractions, and way that we had to work far closer together to solve the problems. We worked as a unit on a specific problem, and stuck with it as a team until it was done - in our particular case I think this really helped those more room to up-skill to learn more.

500 Customer
The way the whole OpenHack is organised and challenges that are set. They are all linked and build the knowledge base.

500 Customer
Having hands on experience with kubernetes, and progressing in a step by step way with increasing difficulty was very helpful. I was able to learn a lot through the hands on challenges.

500 Customer
Great team to work with on a very challenging exercise. I don’t feel that Teams took away from the experience, it was very productive and easy to do what we needed to do as a team.

Microsoft CSA