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Microsoft organized a 3-day Hack-A-Thon

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…more than 30 IT students attended the 72-hour app-building contest

Microsoft Bahrain organized a 3-day Hack-A-Thon for the IT students of Polytechnic Bahrain from 21st till 23rd November 2013. The Microsoft Hack-A-Thon comes as part of Microsoft’s commitment to providing students’ technological know-how and giving young developers the skills needed to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and to thrive in their career.
The 72 hour competition gave the students the opportunity to get hands-on training and support on developing applications using Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms, submit their innovations to the Microsoft App store within the 3 days and compete to win the 3-day marathon. The workshop is attended by Microsoft’s developer experts and trainers to teach the participants what it takes to build great apps for the Windows ecosystem and answer their questions.
“Microsoft is committed to empowering students with the tools and resources they need to showcase their creativity and make money through app development” said Tareq Hijazi, Regional Country Manager for Microsoft Bahrain and Oman. “With more than 30 students participants, Hack-A-Thon Bahrain 2013 aims to excite the students and young developers’ community to be innovative and creative and bring a wealth of new, exciting and quality apps to the Windows Store for consumers to enjoy.” He thanked the administration of Polytechnic Bahrain for opening up their doors, engaging their students and hosting the event.

The winners of the Hack-A-Thon contest received valuable prizes in addition to a priceless experience and a wealth of knowledge.

Dr. Mohamed Al-Aseeri, Acting CEO of Bahrain Polytechnic stated: “Microsoft is a renowned company and we’re delighted that they were able to share their experience with the students. Developing applications remains an important part of today’s fast paced technology world, as a vast majority own smartphones. We thank Microsoft for being here [in the campus] for the three day event, as they help us get closer to meeting the goals of Bahrain’s Vision 2030.”
Microsoft provided students free software to create apps, such as Visual Studio 2013 and Blend 2013 for Windows 8 and free Windows Store registration codes through Microsoft DreamSpark – a program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes.

For more information about DreamSpark, please visit: https://www.dreamspark.com/

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