Arriving at the great MS Reactor venue in the heart of London early on Saturday 16th February, for Hack4Good, couldn’t have prepared anyone for the day that was about to unfold. The place was alive and buzzing with most people already arrived by 8:15 (and on a Saturday, too!). Everyone was a volunteer, ready to bring something of themselves to help the Not for Profit Sector. Some had even flown in from Hamburg in Germany! Incredible!
Everyone shares articles on different Microsoft stack applications that help resolve problems, get around bugs, create debate, bring laughter, and generally make you want to dance.
The day kicked off with some awe-inspiring talks from speakers Alexandra Rijnoveanu, Sarah Critchley, William Dorrington, Kyle Hill, Lucy Muscat and Keith Whatling, Tory Cassie, Matt Vardy, Dave Watson, Sameer Bhangar and Saurabh Pant.
This set the scene and the tone of the day to get hacking and create some life-changing PowerApps, which could be used to help the Not for Profit Community with ready created solutions to start to tackle real issues.
The outcomes were truly AMAZING – we all had goose-bumps as we watched the presentations at the end of the 4.5-hour hack; it was unbelievable what you can come up within a short time.
All the teams put in so much effort, working solidly even through lunch, producing incredible ideas, from Blood donations tracking for hospitals, Shoe donations, and pairing and Sleep safe apps for the homeless, war zone and remote healthcare using HoloLens, to a buddy solution for care, and many more.
The excitement was palpable as the Microsoft team had the impossible task of selecting a winner, but the winning idea involved rounding up receipts for everyday spends such as Uber, Airbnb, Amazon, and Ebay to donate to your favourite charity. So simple yet so effective – amazing!
There were 77 people through the door, across many different partners and client companies, in the true spirit of the TDG community, it’s about joining in, not who you work for, what level you’re at or what you do. Hack4Good was so well covered on social media we were trending on Twitter in the UK at one point!