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Inspiring the next at the MS Reactor with Hack4Good

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!

Hack4Good, a chance to come up with ground-breaking ideas

The event, Hack4Good, was organised by TDG, which is an amazing community run by the Microsoft community…many on the day are Hitachi Solutions guys too.

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! 

A creative session to find out how to use technology to tackle real issues

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!

The winning team from Germany, led by Björn Zahnow, very kindly selected to split the amazing £4720 raised in donations, between a local German charity and UK Charity Solent Mind.

The event was generously covered by corporate sponsors & donors: Hitachi Solutions, M-hance, Quantiq, Cognitive Group, Microsoft Talent Solutions, Maximus IT and Pythagoras 

If you would like to know more about why we are involved in these events, get in touch today!

 

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Donna Chadwick

Donna is a Dynamics 365 Solutions Architect, with a wealth of in-depth experience across Health, Local Government, Education and the Not for Profit sector, with 9+ years working with MS Dynamics 365 and 15 years business sales and marketing experience. She brings big picture thinking to projects, possessing a key ability to realise substantial cost savings to clients and redefine ways of working, and a dedicated passion for changing lives through technology.

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Donna Chadwick

Donna is a Dynamics 365 Solutions Architect, with a wealth of in-depth experience across Health, Local Government, Education and the Not for Profit sector, with 9+ years working with MS Dynamics 365 and 15 years business sales and marketing experience. She brings big picture thinking to projects, possessing a key ability to realise substantial cost savings to clients and redefine ways of working, and a dedicated passion for changing lives through technology.