Recode the productivity standard to help people do and achieve more using Microsoft Office 365.

Ever since humans discovered coffee, we’ve been coming up with new ideas and technologies to get stuff done, achieve our goals, and squeeze the most out of the precious 24 hours we get every day.

You might think productivity applies only to your job, school, or finances – but what about your passions, hobbies, and family? Don’t you want to excel there, too?

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced their new company mission: to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. It’s a big task, but Microsoft Office 365’s APIs and Add-in tools make hacking productivity possible in a whole new way.

The Microsoft Office 365 team is challenging developers and makers across the globe to use Microsoft Office 365 APIs and Add-ins to boost productivity in every area of your life.

Your commute, your workout, your dissertation, your band’s rehearsal bookings, your dinner plans, your backlog of digital photos, your multitude of social and media channels, & your living space – you can recode all these aspects of daily life and more!

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Eligibility

This challenge is open to:

  • Individuals (who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry)
  • Teams of eligible individuals
  • Organizations (up to 50 employees)
  • Large Organizations (with over 50 employees) may compete only for the non-cash Large Organization Recognition Awards.
  • Employees of Large Organizations (with over 50 employees) are eligible as long as they enter the competition independent of their company and meet all other requirements.

Employees of the Microsoft, Devpost, and contractors currently under contract work for Microsoft or Devpost are not eligible.

If you are employed by a public sector organization, please review the rules pertaining to prize fulfillment to a public sector organization employee.

Requirements

Main Requirement: Submit an application that will help users increase their productivity. To be eligible for prizes, submissions must be EITHER a new Microsoft Office 365 Add-in (extension) OR integrate at least one of the following Microsoft Office 365 APIs (Mail, Calendar, Files, Photos/Video, or Contacts - or Microsoft Graph). 

Please note that the "Best Pre-Coded App Idea" award does not share these requirements. 

Submit the following assets:

  1. A demo video (hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku). Your video should include a demo of your working application via a step-by-step visual demo.
  2. Please submit at least one image/screenshot of your application.
  3. A way to access your working application for judging and testing. (Here’s how.)

How to enter

  1. “Register” to access the submission form, receive important communications, and form teams.
  2. Sign up for your free Microsoft Developer Account.
  3. Visit the Resources page for links to Microsoft Office 365 API and Add-in documentation, requirements, and app ideas.
  4. Find a teammate (optional). Do you have the UX chops, but need someone who can code? Are you a genius coder, but need some design flair? Join our Hack Productivity-only Slack channel. 
  5. Shoot your demo video and take screenshots of your functioning app.
  6. Provide a way for us to access your app.
  7. Submit early! (You can edit your submission as many times as you want before the deadline.)

Judges

Eileen Murphy

Eileen Murphy
CEO & Founder of ThinkCERCA

Peter Pezaris

Peter Pezaris
CEO & Founder of Glip

Geir Hansen

Geir Hansen
Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank

JD Marymee

JD Marymee
Enterprise Architect at Microsoft

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Guest Speaker

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Idea
    Includes creativity and originality of the idea or use case.
  • Implementation of Idea
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and the extent to which the application utilizes the Microsoft Office 365 APIs or Add-ins in a way that increases productivity.
  • Potential Impact
    Includes the extent to which the application could impact the user’s productivity.