Inspiring innovation at the first ever Tech Data Cloud Hackathon

The first ever Tech Data Cloud Hackathon – held in the heart of London’s Shoreditch hi-tech district – was a roaring success. Tech Data and Snook ran the event, supported by Microsoft, and we were overwhelmed with the positive response to the event as well as with the standard of the work that all teams completed during the two-day hack. 
 
Choosing a winner was not easy for the judges who included Sarah Drummond (Founder of Snook), David Terrar (Director and Deputy Chair of the Cloud Industry Forum), Tech Data’s VP of StreamOne Bob Kruger (live via video conference from Florida), and Tech Data's Cloud Services Director Europe David Newbould. 
 
In the end, first place was awarded to Hivefy –  a group of three people who met on the first day of the hack. They managed to create a website and a working prototype of a chat-bot running on Azure, interacting with an open bank sandbox, to help freelancers manage their expenses more effectively.                  

Tech Data Hack winners Hivefy: Adrien, Enyinna, and Kaho. Runners-up Re-draft: Sophie, Joshua, and Cih-Han . Judge David Newbould, from Tech Data Cloud.

Tech Data Hack winners Hivefy: Adrien, Enyinna, and Kaho. Runners-up Re-draft: Sophie, Joshua, and Cih-Han . Judge David Newbould, from Tech Data Cloud.

We congratulate the winners who get the chance to showcase their prototype at Microsoft Inspire 2017 in Washington DC this month and look forward to seeing them there, showing off their immense talent. 
 
We also congratulate Re-draft who were close runners-up for their creation, which uses real-time sensors, fluid dynamics, and machine learning to optimise public spaces in the construction and architectural industries. Only a lack of development resource on the day prevented this insightful effort from taking the top spot. However, as we find this to be a fantastic concept Tech Data will continue to support its further development in the coming months.

Both Hivefy and Re-draft have been invited to the Tech Data Cloud Summit in Venice on October 3rd this year, where they will give a five-minute pitch on what they have built and the role that Microsoft, Azure, and Tech Data played in supporting them.

 

"We’ve been very happy and honoured to win the Tech Data hackathon. Since that weekend, we have been refining the prototype, mainly by adding OneDrive integration with Power BI through Microsoft Flow. We are super excited to fly to Washington and attend the Microsoft Inspire conference. We look forward to meeting many Microsoft partners and getting their inputs and feedback for our concept. This is an amazing opportunity to network, learn, collaborate and be an integral part of the Microsoft ecosystem".

- Adrien, from winning team Hivefy

David from Tech Data Cloud welcoming the participants.

David from Tech Data Cloud welcoming the participants.

Keira from Snook supporting the participants to form teams around their ideas.

Keira from Snook supporting the participants to form teams around their ideas.

We would like to thank everyone who turned up and made the first ever Tech Data Cloud Hackathon a truly inspiring and energising event. It was fantastic to see so many talented and enthusiastic people with original and innovative ideas and approaches. 
 
Seeing this made our team feel even more enthusiastic and positive about the prospects of working with Microsoft Azure and about our partners delivering workstreams and solutions that will enable organisations to truly transform their ways of working and drive much higher levels of efficiency and productivity; which in turn will free them to be more innovative and creative. 
 
The challenge we set for the hack was not easy. The teams were asked to design and build an interactive user guide that would deliver content in a compelling way, create an engaging interactive interface using striking visuals, as well as provide management and measurement mechanisms.

 

"It was a pleasure and a privilege to host this event, showcasing the incredible talent that exists in our industry today and witnessing a passion for innovation that is genuinely exciting. We look forward to supporting our deserving winners in developing their application and can’t wait for the next Tech Data Cloud Hack".

- David Newbould, Judge from Tech Data Cloud

"It was a pleasure to participate in the Tech Data Cloud Hack in London and represent Microsoft. It was a great experience to meet talented and motivated people and get to work with them during the event.  We are always excited to meet inspiring people from all backgrounds, from students to professionals, from developers to business leaders, all working together to develop solutions that help people and organisations achieve more. Hacks are a fantastic way to foster innovation and creativity and to bring out the power of community".

- Jose, Mentor from Microsoft

 

The results the teams produced at this first ever Tech Data Cloud Hackathon, even in such a short time, were exceptional. They illustrate just how effective Azure can be as a platform for web-based services development and delivery. It gives us and our partners every reason to be extremely confident and positive about the future. As more end-user organisations start to embrace the cloud, we are starting to see a real change and acceleration in development and innovation.
 
It’s a very exciting time to be working in this part of the technology market. The brilliant work that the teams did during the hackathon very clearly showed that there is a great deal of talent and creativity out there – and that we have seen only the tip of the iceberg. There is much more to come - the future looks very bright and very exciting indeed.
 
We will certainly be holding more Tech Data Hacks – watch this space. You can see more pictures from our hack on Flickr and check out the video below to find out more about what happened. If you’d like to take part in future hacks, please let us know and we’ll make sure we keep you informed.