Microsoft Developers AI Learning Hackathon 2024: For Everyone, Win Up to $10K in Prizes Apply by 27 June

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The ever-evolving landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents a goldmine of opportunities for developers across the globe. If you’re passionate about AI and eager to hone your skills, the Microsoft Developers AI Learning Hackathon 2024 is the perfect platform to push your boundaries and contribute to the future of AI. This comprehensive guide delves into everything you need to know about this exciting event, from eligibility and participation to potential projects and prizes.

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About the Microsoft Developers AI Learning Hackathon

AI is at the forefront of technological innovation, and we’re here to guide you through the process of mastering it with Azure Cosmos DB and the Azure OpenAI API. At our hackathon, developers will gain invaluable insights into the database foundations that power revolutionary applications like OpenAI’s ChatGPT. We’re not just teaching you how to build your own AI copilot; we’re empowering you to understand the data behind generative AI technologies.

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned developer or a curious newcomer, our hackathon welcomes participants of all backgrounds and skill levels. We’ll be exploring our content using both Python and Node.js.

During this hackathon, you will also have support and the resources to learn how to select a database, how to integrate AI in a technical or non-technical solution, and how to build an AI copilot using vCore-based Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB.

Eligibility Criteria

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Let’s get started building your AI app on Azure! 

  • Access Azure OpenAI Service NOW
  • Create a Microsoft Learn account
    • Please note: you must use the same Microsoft Learn account throughout the developer journey.

Register for the two-part Azure Cosmos DB Developer Cloud Skills Challenge to take part in Phase 1 of the hackathon!

Concurrently, you’ll need to follow one of the provided step-by-step developer guides to build your own custom AI copilot: 

This challenge will offer learning modules for you to complete to win a Phase 1 prize.

1️⃣ What is Phase 1?

Through a series of expertly crafted training modules, you’ll learn how to build your own AI application powered by vCore-based Azure Cosmos DB for MongoDB and use the Azure OpenAI API.

Delving into features leveraged by ChatGPT, capabilities, best practices, and real-world use cases (such as vector database and Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG)), you’ll complete the challenge with a custom AI copilot. Armed with the skills and knowledge, you’ll be able to take on the application development in the era of AI.

Once you have completed the Learning Journey and your AI application, you’ll be able to move on to Phase 2 of the hackathon!

2️⃣ What is Phase 2? 

Phase 2 is where you’ll refine and integrate your custom AI copilot into a new or existing project on Azure. Using the new skills gained, you’ll compete for a Learn and Integrate Award, showcasing your creativity and expertise while exploring AI and cloud technologies.

You won’t want to miss it! Head over to the Learning Journey tab to get started.

Requirements

WHAT TO BUILD

Phase 1 (Individual Entrants-only):

Access Azure OpenAI Service NOW

Sign up for a Microsoft Learn account

Before you start the challenges: Go into the Manage email preferences of your Microsoft account and make sure your email for notifications is saved.

Complete the two-part Azure Cosmos DB Developer Cloud Skills Challenge:

Part 1

Part 2

Follow one of the provided step-by-step developer guides to build your own custom AI copilot:

Node.js version

Python version

[Optional] Phase 2 (Individual, Team and Organizations Entrants eligible):

  • Integrate the custom AI copilot developed during phase 1 by updating or creating a project on Azure.

Important note: All Entrants participating in Phase 2 must have completed Phase 1.

What to Submit?

Provide your & your teammates’ Microsoft Learn username(s)

Specify whether your Submission is for Phase 1 and/or Phase 2

Optional – Upload two (2) completion email screenshots per team member obtained from completing Part 1 and Part 2 of the Azure Cosmos DB Developer Cloud Skills Challenge

Completion emails will be coming from [email protected]

Make sure your email is saved in your Microsoft account in order to receive the completion emails

Please note: each team member must have 2 screenshots uploaded

Upload a screenshot of your team members and your custom AI copilot built by following the step-by-step developer guide (Node.js version or Python verion)

The screenshot must showcase the following custom text prompt: “My name is [your name] and I am participating in the Microsoft Developer AI Learning Hackathon.”

Please note: each team member must have their own screenshots uploaded

Optional – To be considered for a Learn and Integrate Prize in Phase 2:

Provide a URL to the working AI app

Include a submission text description that should explain the use case, functionality, and why your AI app matters

Demonstration video (should be less than 3 minutes) showcasing the functionality and use case of the AI App

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook Video and made public

The completed submission form on Devpost before the deadline.

Please see the Official Rules for full details.

Deadline Date

Microsoft Developers AI Learning Hackathon is Deadline date: Jun 27, 2024 @ 5:30 am GMT+5:30 

Prizes

$10,000 in prizes

 Phase 2 – Learn and Integrate: 1st Place

• $3,000 USD
• Social media recognition
• Featured in a Microsoft blog post following winner announcements

 Phase 2 – Learn and Integrate: 2nd Place

• $2,000 USD
• Social media recognition
• Featured in a Microsoft blog post following winner announcements

 Phase 2 – Learn and Integrate: 3rd Place

• $1,000 USD
• Social media recognition
• Featured in a Microsoft blog post following winner announcements

 Phase 2 – Learn and Integrate: Honorable Mention (10)

• $400 USD
• Social media recognition

 Phase 1 – Learning Journey Completion Prize (500)

• Participation badge for the first 500 Eligible Individuals who completed Phase 1.

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FAQ

What is the Microsoft Developers AI Learning Hackathon 2024?pen_spark

The Microsoft Developers AI Learning Hackathon 2024 is an event designed for developers of all skill levels to learn, collaborate, and build innovative projects using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Why should I participate in the Microsoft Developers AI Learning Hackathon?

There are many reasons to join! It’s a free chance to:
* Learn and apply AI skills in a practical setting. * Compete for a share of $10,000 in prizes. * Network with other AI enthusiasts. * Build a real-world AI project for your portfolio. * Explore Microsoft Azure AI tools and services.

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