The Winning Teams of Microsoft DevDays Asia 2016 HAOkathon were Elected! Congratulations to“r Gamma” and “Beseye”.
Picture Description: Instructed by Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) and Co-arranged by Digital Content Industry Promotion Office (DCIPO) of Ministry of Economic Affairs as well as Microsoft, in terms of scale, the largest development event in Asia, DevDays Asia 2016@Taipei, came to an end on April 21st. III president Ruey-Beei Wu was invited to give a speech at the ceremony.
Picture Description: On April 21st, r Gamma and Beseye won the trophies of DevDays Asia 2016@Taipei, which gave a perfect ending for the event. The winning teams and visiting guests took a photo after the ceremony.
Instructed by Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) and Digital Content Industry Promotion Office (DCIPO) of Ministry of Economic Affairs as well as Microsoft, in terms of scale, the largest development event in Asia, DevDays Asia 2016@Taipei, came to an end on April 21st. The event lasted for three days. By listening to keynote speeches, participating in learning workshops, and joining in HAOkathon (Hackathon + A for Analytical + O for Open), developers shared the latest concepts and technologies which boost their productivity. Also, the activity attracted more than 100 hardware and software developers from various industries such as telecommunication, hardware devices, peripheral equipment, chip manufacturing, finance and security, and system integration to utilize Microsoft Azure cloud platform and make use of technologies in associated with big data application. Concentrating on the topics of environmental protection, ocean ecosystem preservation, social welfare, government open data, or college education improvement, these professionals mutually assist the development of social welfare by technological accomplishment.
On DevDays Asia 2016 @ Taipei, Microsoft and Industrial Development Bureau of Ministry of Economic Affairs announced on April 21st that the winners of the two topics "Productivity Application" and "Cloud Application and Data Platform" in HAOkathon competition are r Gamma and Beseye. Office Go and STC came the second while WiAdvance and X won the third place.
The IOT industry in Taiwan is on the Rise Focusing on Two Main Topics "Collaborative Productivity" and “Cloud & Data Platform"
After signing MOU with Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2015 to establish "IOT Industry Development Center", Microsoft focused on the following two topics "Productivity" and "Cloud & Data Platform" as the core issues to integrate global and local partners. At the same time, it also accelerated the development process of IOT solution packages and cultivated the key competencies of the companies in related fields trying to apply IOT technologies such as manufacturing, health, transportation, and retail industry. Microsoft provided an open platform for various system development languages and encouraged every developer using the latest technologies and tools and integrating applications and devices of alliance partners so that Taiwan could gradually become an important hub in the global IOT industry.
"Our promotion strategy is based on intelligent automation. By applying technologies in associated with IOT, smart robot, big data, and fine quality management, we promote the System of Systems (SoS) of intelligent manufacturing and service." Deputy Director General of Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), Ministry of Economic Affairs Mr. Jang-Hwa Leu indicated, "Ministry of Economic Affairs and Microsoft dedicated to the development of Taiwan IOT industry for a long time. Since Taiwan has an extremely concrete and mature hardware and software base, it is no doubt that Taiwan will sure be one of the key characters in the global IOT industry as long as it is able to integrate its software and programming development. During DevDays Asia 2016 @ Taipei, there are program developing professionals from Taiwan and around the world. By participating in HAOkathon, these professionals develop applications on topics such as social welfare, environment, and education, which makes the event more meaningful."
"Diamond Level" Developer Meeting HAOkathon Inspires New Ideas for Social Welfare
From April 19th to 21st,2016, the three day event, DevDays Asia 2016 @ Taipei, invited 17 heavy weighted professionals in the fields "Collaborative Productivity" and "Cloud & Data Platform" from Microsoft headquarter to share their the first-hand experience on the development, Office Web Apps integration application, Office Add-in and Office 365 App topics related to big data application, machine learning and data analysis, data management, data visualization, applications in the real world, or Office Add-Ins development introduction, Office 365 APIs in the real situation, resource introduction of dev.office.com, and platform development. Furthermore, by listening to keynote speeches, participating in workshops and scheduled activities like HAOkathon, developers could embody their innovative ideas with the help of the latest cloud development tools as well as idea exchanging. The open minded thinking will also intrigue more users in the future.
The last day of the event is the so called "Diamond Level" developer competition HAOkathon which was based on Hackathon spirit and added in two concepts "Analytics" and "Open Source". From the following issues ranging from productivity improvement, environmental protection, oceanic ecosystem preservation, social welfare, government open data, or college education improvement, it was expected that the participants could pick one topic and use their ingenuity and creativity to come up with solutions for various problems in the real life through half day intensive discussion and brainstorming with the help of Productivity Application App or Cloud & Data Platform App.
"Microsoft dedicates to assisting local partners in related fields get the latest technologies and continuously provides cross platform, open standard arithmetic techniques so that the development of IOT industry in Taiwan could be seen on the global stage." Microsoft Taiwan External and Legal Affairs Department general manager Li-Cheng, Shih expressed, "DevDays Asia 2016 @ Taipei invited 17 technical professionals from Microsoft headquarter visiting Taiwan and gave speeches on the latest concepts and techniques in associated with topics such as productivity, cloud computing, data analysis. In the workshop, by learning these experts' experience of using development tools as well as the guidance which they follow in the development process, developers are able to combine what they have learned with the diverse Microsoft development tools and integrated platforms to come up with surprising works in Hackathon. Because of the topics chosen by the event, the public have a chance to realize that IOT technologies not only could build the better future but also could forge a much more benign society."
Developers in Power, HAOka ( Hackers＋Good Persons) will be the driving force of the future
Commenting on the performance of participating teams on their applications related to the topics such as low carbon transportation, smart calendars, intelligent monitoring and recording, listener emotion monitoring, and intelligent signing system, III president Ruey-Beei Wu said, "Under limited population and resources, productivity improvement has become an important trend. This time, all participating teams are outstanding. All contributing applications can provide specific solutions to the problems of the public. What's more commendable is that the participants could learn the techniques of Microsoft, be familiar with the development tools, and bring their creativity into full play."
Chia-liang Kao, a developer himself as well as one of the founders of g0v, an organization dedicating to using open software to promote open data and open government, indicated, " Recently, new product launches of many big firms are set in developer meetings, which means that developers are now the focus of the industry as well as the driving force of technological improvement. The most important meaning of the outcomes resulting from the few hours of Hackathon is not the product prototype that produced but that we have the ability to solve social problems, which is the largest asset of the society. An economist once said the invention of washing machine is actually extremely great since that liberates many people's time and creativity around the world. I too encourage everyone attending the meeting to bring out what they have learned and continuously produce much more excellent works."
Beseye and r Gamma won the first place in HAOkathon of DevDays Asia 2016 @ Taipei
After brainstorming and discussing around the clock for a day and a half, r Gamma and Beseye won the Champions at the first HAOkathon of DevDays Asia 2016 @ Taipei on the topics of "Productivity Application" and "Cloud & Data Platform".
Deriving from their own experience, the team members of r Gamma developed Easy Approval by using Office add-in to create the signing application which could be integrated into Outlook calendar. Not only could it be applied in Outlook, but also could integrate organization structure with back-end system, which makes it possible for the system to analyze the target and path for signing approval according to past experience. For this reason, user experience will be more intuitive. Shu-Chin, Chan, one of the team members, pointed out," Previously, the process of the sign-off system is often very complicated. Without IT staffs' assistance, it is not possible to modify the process. Our idea is to design a more convenient sign off system for small companies like ours. The system not only can be integrated into the original calendar but also can be adjusted dynamically so that small companies do not have to spend a large amount of money purchasing a sign-off system that is not compatible to their needs. The system can also combine the original personnel system with organizational structure for future development so that its applications will be more extensive."
“While people watching the films shot by surveillance cameras in the cities or at homes, they easily lose focus because of the length. For the reason, we design an App called Video Summary which is able to extract the essence of them. The reason for developing another application Participant Monitoring is because we find out that the audience gets distracted in a speech or during a class from time to time or we feel sometimes that the response of the audience is cold. Therefore, we develop the application to facilitate more interactions between speakers and listeners." Beseye senior software engineer Liang-Kai, Wang said," It is not doubt that winning the first place of the competition is a tremendous encouragement for the team. During these three days, we learned a lot of techniques and how to use the platform. Thanks to the advices and recommendations from the lecturers, we had the chance to design and develop these applications to provide better services for the firms and the public."
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