The Garage is a portal to hack culture at Microsoft. We believe hacking is for everyone, technical and non-technical. Everyone has unique skills, experiences, and interests to contribute. We recognize good ideas can come from anywhere. Regardless of role or discipline, everyone is challenged to give it their all, to experiment with technology and turn ideas into real projects, in a fun, supportive atmosphere.
There is no shortage of good ideas, and with many dependencies on project viability, team motivation, and relevance, results vary. Some ideas end before there this a working prototype. Others are inspired to continue the journey and iterate on their solution, hoping to bring it to market. A smaller set take their idea all the way to a high quality working solution ready to test in the marketplace.
The flagship //oneweek Hackathon attracts thousands of employees from around the world, offering a fast 48 hour event to team up, hack, and move an idea forward. Winning teams earn the opportunity to pitch to senior leaders, and many teams continue to work on their projects throughout the year. Projects are evaluated for patent potential, viability, and alignment to the business. Ideas and prototypes may be selected for further review or funded to continue development.
While a two-day hackathon is an unlikely birthplace of the next billion-dollar idea, there are many great ideas that have the potential to delight customers and add value to our products. Internally facing projects may have great impact and improve existing policies, processes or services. Amazing synergies and connections across technologies and silos are made, and many return to their day job inspired and re-energized.