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Hack Together: The Microsoft Fabric Global AI Hack

Are you ready to unleash your creativity and build amazing solutions with Microsoft Fabric and AI?

If so, join us for Hack Together: The Microsoft Fabric Global AI Hack, a virtual event where you can learn, experiment, and hack together with the new Copilot and AI features in Microsoft Fabric!

What is Hack Together?

Hack Together is a global online hackathon that runs from February 15th to March 4th, 2024.

It’s open to anyone who wants to explore the possibilities of using Microsoft Fabric to develop AI applications, whether you are a beginner, advanced maker, admin or a professional developer – all are welcome! You can join solo or hack together as a team of up to 3 people.

The goal of Hack Together is to build solutions in Microsoft Fabric that address one or more AI-themed Hackathon categories. You can use any combination of workload features available in Microsoft Fabric (including Data Factory, Synapse Data Engineering, Synapse Data Warehousing, Synapse Data Science, Synapse Real-Time Analytics, Data Activator, Power BI) to align your solution to the categories defined below:

  • Best Real-World AI application built with Microsoft Fabric: A solution that solves a real world problem with Microsoft Fabric by implementing any concept or collection of concepts related to Artificial Intelligence. This could include utilization of RAG to fine-tune an LLM, training an object detection model, anomaly detection, predictive forecasting, or any other modern application of AI within Microsoft Fabric.

  • Best use of Microsoft Fabric + Azure OpenAI: A solution that specifically uses Azure OpenAI service(s) alongside Microsoft Fabric to solve a real-world problem. This could include a document analysis service that uses Azure OpenAI to semantically tag content or utilize vector search to implement a retrieval augmented generation architecture. It could even make use of DALL·E 2 to generate images based on semantic processing of text data. Simply put, if it uses Azure OpenAI inside of Microsoft Fabric, it most definitely fits into this category!

  • Best use of Copilot for Microsoft Fabric: A solution that makes use of one or more Copilots for Microsoft Fabric. This could include any combination of Copilot for Power BI,Copilot for Data Science and Data Engineering, and / or Copilot for Data Factory.

How to participate

To participate in Hack Together, you need to register for the event at https://aka.ms/hacktogether/fabric-ai/register.

You will need to have access to a Microsoft Fabric capacity. If you don’t have one, you can obtain a Microsoft Fabric trial license by following these instructions.

Once you have registered and have access to Microsoft Fabric, you can start building your solution!

We’ll have livestreams every week for you to learn more about AI solutions built with Microsoft Fabric. These will include a lineup of Microsoft executives like Kim Manis, VP of Microsoft Fabric as well as our Data Advocacy team and MVP’s that are ready to help you get up to speed so you can start hacking!

Calendar Invite

You can also join the Hack Together discussion board in the Microsoft Fabric Community to ask questions, share ideas, and get feedback from Microsoft experts and other participants. Drop a comment in the forum and introduce yourself so you can get to know your fellow hackers!

You can submit your solution any time before March 3rd, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST. You will need to provide a brief description of the project, the solution overview, short video demo of your solution, and link to a project repository URL on GitHub. You can submit your solution here.

Looking for more info about the event? Check out our site for all the details: https://aka.ms/fabricaihack

What are the prizes?

Projects will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including Microsoft executives, product managers, and developer advocates. Judging criteria will include alignment with corresponding hackathon category, documentation / reusability, and innovation / impact (defined in more detail below).

The winning teams will receive the following exciting prizes (up to 3 individuals if submitting as a team, prizes distributed per team). Winning solutions and/or product feedback may also be considered for integration into the Microsoft Fabric product roadmap.

Hack Together winners will be selected as per the following judging criteria:

  • 25% – Alignment with hackathon category – Does the solution fit into one or more of the three Hackathon Categories (Best Real-World AI application built with Microsoft Fabric, Best use of Microsoft Fabric + Azure OpenAI, Best use of Copilot for Microsoft Fabric)
  • 25% – Innovation / Impact – Does the solution have real-world relevance? Does the solution solve a clearly defined problem that could be beneficial to others?
  • 25% – Documentation / Reproducibility – Is the solution clearly documented in a GitHub repo that makes it easy for others to follow along and reproduce your solution? Is a video demonstration included in the submission?
  • 25% – Video Demonstration – Does the project submission include a link to a video demonstration of the solution in action? Does the video clearly depict the solution’s use of Microsoft Fabric features and capabilities and demonstrate how the solution makes use of artificial intelligence?

🏆 Grand Prize winner: The best of the best! This category rewards the solution that meets all judging criteria, wows judges, has potential real-world value, and demonstrates innovative use of Artificial Intelligence in Microsoft Fabric.

  • Up to three (3) passes to attend the Microsoft Fabric Community Conference*. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1,849.00 USD each.
  • Up to $500 USD per team member to be awarded in accordance with Section 10 (Participation Gratuity Options of official contest rules). Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $500 each.
  • Up to three (3) Microsoft Fabric SWAG packages – hoodie and blanket. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $80.00 USD each.

Note: Conference passes include admission only. Airfare, hotel, or any other related travel costs are the sole responsibility of the winner.

🥇 Best Real-World AI application built with Microsoft Fabric: A solution that solves a real world problem with Microsoft Fabric by implementing any concept or collection of concepts related to Artificial Intelligence. This could include utilization of RAG to fine-tune an LLM, training an object detection model, anomaly detection, predictive forecasting, or any other modern application of AI within Microsoft Fabric.

  • Up to $500 USD per team member, to be awarded in accordance with Section 10 (Participation Gratuity Options of official contest rules). Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $500 each.
  • Up to three (3) Microsoft Fabric SWAG packages – hoodie and blanket. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $80.00 USD each.

🥇 Best use of Microsoft Fabric + Azure OpenAI: A solution that specifically uses Azure OpenAI service(s) alongside Microsoft Fabric to solve a real-world problem. This could include a document analysis service that uses Azure OpenAI to semantically tag content or utilize vector search to implement a retrieval augmented generation architecture. It could even make use of DALL·E 2 to generate images based on semantic processing of text data. Simply put, if it uses Azure OpenAI inside of Microsoft Fabric, it most definitely fits into this category!

  • Up to $500 USD per team member, to be awarded in accordance with Section 10 (Participation Gratuity Options of official contest rules). Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $500 each.
  • Up to three (3) Microsoft Fabric SWAG packages – hoodie and blanket. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $80.00 USD each.

🥇 Best use of Copilot for Microsoft Fabric: A solution that makes use of one or more Copilots for Microsoft Fabric. This could include any combination of Copilot for Power BI,Copilot for Data Science and Data Engineering, and / or Copilot for Data Factory.

  • Up to $500 USD per team member, to be awarded in accordance with Section 10 (Participation Gratuity Options of official contest rules). Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $500 each.
  • Up to three (3) Microsoft Fabric SWAG packages – hoodie and blanket. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $80.00 USD each.

🏅 All hackathon participants who submit an app will receive a digital badge.

Join the fun!

Are you ready to hack? You will learn new skills, meet new people, and have fun along the way. Plus, you might win some awesome prizes!

So, what are you waiting for? Register now and start hacking! We can’t wait to see what you create! 😊

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