Microsoft U.S. invites you to use your creativity, passion, and expertise to harness the power of Azure technologies to build a more sustainable future.  

What’s good for the planet, is good for business. Addressing global economic and societal crises while protecting our planet present some of the greatest challenges of our lifetime. But it’s not too late to put together a future that allows everyone to not just survive – but thrive. For that, we need technology. Technology will help us better understand and minimize the impact of businesses on our planet. We want you to join us in advancing sustainability by understanding how to use technology to measure and minimize environmental impact. Sustainability doesn’t have to be a big daunting topic. Everyone can start small and make a difference, whether it’s home automation to make things more efficient, to sustainable business practices that reduce waste and improve economic opportunity.  

This hackathon will specifically focus on using Azure IoT technologies that will give endless possibilities: Collect real time data, capture rich information using cameras and machine learnings, create real time insights, and automated action without human intervention.  

Sustainability solutions can be categorized in 4 main areas, below are some common scenarios that you might consider for your hack. 

We recognize that technology alone cannot solve all the challenges of sustainability, but our hope is that you’ll develop solutions that can help empower everyone and every company to make an impact. Once you decide where you want to focus, Microsoft Azure is here to enable you to invent with purpose. From databases, to IoT, to responsible AI and everything in between, we will help you develop new skills and continue on your personal cloud development journey.   

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Developers of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to submit projects. Individuals, and teams of individuals, must all be legal residents of the fifty United States (including the District of Columbia), and 18 years of age or older. 

Microsoft values and respects individual and cultural differences and is committed to providing an inclusive environment that is welcoming and free from discrimination. As you tackle these issues, we encourage you to develop solutions that empower communities and individuals. Any solutions that promote or encourage discrimination around race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership or veteran status, will not be eligible for judging or prizes.  

Note: Government officials, corporations, and employees of Microsoft or Devpost are not eligible to win prizes but may submit projects. See full rules for further restrictions. 


What to Build

Build an open source IoT application prototype that helps improve environmental sustainability using any of the below tools.

  • Azure IoT Hub
  • Azure Digital Twins
  • Azure IoT Central (SaaS solution)

What to Submit
  • Provide a URL to your working prototype.
  • Provide a URL to your GitHub code repository. Repository must be public and have an open source license. 
  • Include a video (3-5 minutes) that demonstrates your project in action (hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook Video and made public). Video must include an explanation of how your project helps improve environmental sustainability.
  • Provide an Azure IoT Reference Architecture outlining a high-level overview of the tools and devices used within the application.

Hackathon Sponsors


$10,000 in prizes

First Place

• $5000 USD
• Featured on the official Azure Developer Community blog and other channels
• Shout out on FB @MSFTDev.US and Twitter @MSTCommunity
• Swag valued at $150

Second Place

• $2500 USD
• Featured on the official Azure Developer Community blog
• Shout out on FB @MSFTDev.US and Twitter @MSTCommunity
• Swag valued at $100

Third Place

• $1000 USD
• Featured on the official Azure Developer Community blog
• Shout out on FB @MSFTDev.US and Twitter @MSTCommunity
• Swag valued at $100

Honourable Mentions (3)

• $500 USD
• Featured on the official Azure Developer Community blog
• Swag valued at $50

Completion of Learning Path (200)

Swag valued up to $20 (limit to first 200 people who complete the learning path)

Eligible Submissions (200)

Swag valued up to $20 (limit to 200 people)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Amit Agrawal

Amit Agrawal
Chief Architect, National CSU

Diana Phillips

Diana Phillips
Cloud Solution Architect, IoT, One Commercial Partner at Microsoft

Lucio Tiberi

Lucio Tiberi
Sr. Product Marketing Manager, IoT at Microsoft

Monica Rodriquez

Monica Rodriquez
Sustainability Program Lead

Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez
Azure IoT Senior PM at Microsoft

Rae Lyon

Rae Lyon
Cloud Advocacy Program Manager

Sarah Maston

Sarah Maston
Sr. IoT Solution Architect, Founder of Project 15 at Microsoft

Judging Criteria

  • 40% Technological Implementation
    Includes how Azure IoT and other Azure services were leveraged and integrated by the developer
  • 30% Potential environmental impact
    Includes the extent to which the solution may help create change or empower communities
  • 30% Quality of the Idea
    Includes creativity and originality of the idea

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