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almost 8 years ago

Rules & requirement change (Hint: it’s easier now)

Hey Productivity Hackers,

We’ve got a change to the rules and requirements that affects you — so listen up.

After receiving feedback from participants and our technical support team, we’ve decided to change the primary hackathon requirement slightly.

Previously, the competition’s main requirement was to create a productivity-focused app that included integration of both a new Add-in AND one or more of the following Office 365 APIs (Mail, Calendar, Files, Photos/Video, or Contacts) or Microsoft Graph.

Please note that we are updating this requirement as follows:

Create a working software application that will help users increase their productivity in any area of life (personal, professional, media management, finance, social, lifestyle, etc.).

Submitted software applications must be either a working Microsoft Office 365 Add-in (extension) OR must integrate one or more of the following Microsoft Office 365 APIs: Mail, Calendar, Files, Photos/Video, or Contacts (each an “Application”) via use of an individual Microsoft Office 365 API or Microsoft Graph (

What does that mean for me?

This means we’re no longer requiring that you BOTH build an Add-in AND integrate an O365 API in your app. So, you can choose to do one of the following:

  • create a mobile app that integrates an O365 API
  • create a non-mobile app that integrates an O365 API OR a new Add-in
  • create a non-mobile app that integrates an O365 API AND a new Add-in

To see if Add-ins are supported for your platform of choice, check the grid below:

If you have questions, we’ll be broadcasting live on tomorrow’s tech Q&A with Richard diZerega and Matthew Rabinowitz @ 8am PST / 11am EST.


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