Thursday 16 August 2018

'Technology has the power to make a difference' - Hundreds of Microsoft Ireland employees 'hack' for societal change

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Hundreds of Microsoft Ireland employees downed their usual tools to collaborate in an event aimed at using technology to solve societal challenges.

More than 300 members of staff at the company's new Dublin campus took part in the Hackathon, interacting with teams across the globe towards their common goal.

The private three-day hacking event, believed to be the world's largest, took place as part of Microsoft's fourth annual One Week.

Over this period, employees are encouraged to think 'outside the box' in terms of using technology to make a difference, whether it's to empower innovation in healthcare or to assist positive mental health, education, communication and sustainability.

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Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland said that the company's ambition is "to empower every person and organisation to do more and achieve more".

"The breadth and depth of our mission unlocks unprecedented opportunities as technology transforms every industry and has the power to make a difference in the lives of everyone."

The participants, ranging from developers and engineers to digital sales executives, have yielded "amazing" results.

"From using technology to transform healthcare for women to harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance collaboration, our teams are helping to push the boundaries of what’s possible to the benefit of all in society," said Ms Hallahan.

Teams from countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Norway, Spain, the UK and the US took part in this year's Hackathon.

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