Garage Externs from MIT collaborate with The Met to spark global connections to art using AI

To help celebrate the second anniversary of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access Program, The Met teamed up with Microsoft engineers and MIT students and faculty to imagine new ways in which their encyclopedic collection could be explored by global audiences. The collaboration started with a 2-day hackathon in December 2018 at The Garage in Microsoft’s New England Research….

By devs, for devs: meet new Garage projects XAML Studio and Team Retrospectives

  Today, we announce two new Garage projects built by developers, for developers. Two teams, inspired by their roles building developer tools, worked on ideas to enhance the developer experience during Microsoft’s annual Hackathon. XAML Studio, a Microsoft Garage project, makes iterative prototyping easy with real-time UI module changes. Team Retrospectives, a Microsoft Garage project, closes the loop on continuous….

Meet Ear Hockey: our newest Garage project infuses inclusive design into the arcade classic

Three years ago, a team of Microsoft employees joined together on a quest to make gaming more fun and accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. After years of hacking on machine learning algorithms in their spare time, talking with customers in the blind and low vision community, and partnering with gaming experts, the team releases their….

Finally, a way to sketch 360 degree VR scenes

As new technologies, tools, and platforms spring to life in augmented and virtual reality, a new era of XR design and artistry is unfolding. Today, we announce the release of a project that empowers creators to spend less time explaining, editing, and re-doing XR creations, and more time being creative. Sketch 360, a Microsoft Garage project, is a UWP app….

Microsoft New England teams up with customers to create high-impact product features

Microsoft Garage has been a force in affecting positive change within the company, practicing new ways of thinking and spreading a growth mindset culture to employees as well as partners outside the company. Microsoft’s global Hackathon is a key player in CEO Satya Nadella’s culture change priorities driving innovations that empower customers to achieve more. The Garage at NERD, located….

Introducing the Grand Prize Winner of Hackathon 2018, a project team exploring new paradigms in advertising

Wei Liu, senior software engineer for Bing Ads in Suzhou and one of the 15 members of the winning team, believes that for success, “interest and passion are your best friends.” Previous winners of Microsoft’s annual Hackathon have accomplished great success, and the future is bright for the 2018 winners. Based in China, Liu and his teammates will have the….

Watch For, Hackathon 2017 winner, powers Mixer’s massively successful HypeZone

HypeZone, released in December 2017, rapidly gained millions of new users to livestream community Mixer. HypeZone’s secret weapon? The 2017 Hackathon Grand Prize Winner, Watch For, a Microsoft Garage project. Last month, Microsoft’s fifth annual One Week Hackathon wrapped up with astounding numbers. This year, during the largest private hackathon on the planet, over 23,000 employees registered to hack, and….

Ready, set, go! Microsoft’s annual Hackathon is in full swing

Last year, more than 18,000 people across 400 cities and 75 countries came together to bring world-changing new ideas to life at Microsoft’s annual Hackathon, now celebrating its fifth year. Every year, Hackathon takes on new and greater challenges. Last year, artificial intelligence (AI) emerged as the hot hack theme. This year, the energy around AI continues, as well as….

This is what happens when interesting ideas, passion for technology, and experimental engineers converge

Each year, we host dozens of customer and partners in the Microsoft Garage. As we walk visitors through our community hub, makerspace, and most recently, our new Mixed Reality room, we often discuss everything from fostering innovation to designing spaces where people want to come together to collaborate. Across tech, banking, education, healthcare, and everything in between, one topic that….

How to use hacking culture to find your mojo

  Mike McCarter was ready to leave the company. He had goals and dreams, and his everyday work wasn’t getting him there. He looked to his life-long affinity of tinkering and hacking on physical objects and found new ways to bring these skills to the workplace.  His journey from reinventing his team culture to applying his skills to making a….