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Welcome to Hack Productivity, where your ideas can change the world.

Microsoft has a new mission, and we need you to help us achieve it. Earlier this year, we announced this new company mission: to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Is this a strong statement and a sizeable goal? Yes. Is it doable? We know it is, with you by our side to help us think big.  

Microsoft’s goal to empower all people and organizations is not just a corporate agenda. It's a global directive, inspired by humanity’s drive to push harder, produce more, and work smarter. We will create the right tools to allow all of us to achieve our greatest potential and best selves as we strive each day to do more and leave our mark on the world.

Hack Productivity is about connecting users to the things that are most important to them — in a seamless way that lets them enjoy, accomplish, create, and connect more.

You have the power to change the world — so show us what you’ve got. We want you to use this competition as an opportunity to unleash your ideas, share them with others, and be a force for the productivity revolution while you help us accomplish our mission to redefine the paradigm of productivity. Don’t forget: your ingenuity will be rewarded. There are over $32,000 in prizes, including cash, Microsoft Surface tablets, and more!

Let’s create the next generation of tools that individuals and organizations will use to live better, more productive lives and build stronger, more resilient businesses and economies.

We are here to help you succeed. We’re arming you with tutorials and samples to get you started on the code, and real-life problem scenarios to get you started on an idea (or two … or three!). Throughout the competition submission period (ending March 1, 2016) we’ll also be looking for every opportunity to provide support. We’re planning some interactive tech help webcasts in early 2016 — and we want to make them as useful as possible for you.

Have an idea for a technical webcast topic that would help you get started on your app? Post it here. Have a question but can’t find an answer? Start a new thread and we’ll track it down for you.

Remember, Hack Productivity isn’t about Microsoft; it’s about everyone working together to build the tools we all need to enrich our personal and professional goals. We can’t wait to see what you create!


Sara Nagy
Director, Developer Experience Strategy & Planning, Microsoft