Using Microsoft Azure IoT and Serverless technologies you’ll build fast and scalable cloud solutions as you compete for a share of cash prizes and exposure!

Build an IoT solution to solve a problem that a business or an organization could be facing, or just help to improve your life and of those surrounding you. With that in mind, your solution could go from small pet projects like controlling the smart appliances on your house remotely based on environmental data, or recognizing who rang your doorbell, to big endeavors like analyzing the status of your supply chain or building predictions of stock needs on your humongous warehouse…and anything in between! Just think about a problem you find interesting, and build a solution using Azure.

Get started right now by creating your Azure Free account and learning how IoT Hub and Azure Functions work together on this sample project. Then you’ll be ready to put your brain, computer and cloud resources to work on your unique, innovative solution. Best of luck, and happy coding!


This hackathon is open to:

  • Individuals (who have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry)
  • Teams of eligible individuals
  • Organizations

Employees of Microsoft, Devpost, and contractors currently under contract work for Microsoft or Devpost are not eligible.


Main Requirement: Build or update functioning software that uses Azure IoT Hub (Basic) and Azure Functions.

Submission Recommendations – Solutions can, but are not required to:

Integrate additional IoT services, serverless services, data services, visualizations, and AI services.

The Azure free account provides you with $200 to spend on any service during the first 30 days, and 12 months of access to 25+ free services, enabling you to envision and implement intuitive tools now with fewer obstacles.

After those first 30 days, and even though most of those services have free tiers and usage at no cost, some of them might incur some expenses. Please refer to Azure Free Account FAQ and Azure Pricing Calculator to learn more about it:

  • IoT services: Azure Location Services
  • Serverless services: Logic Apps or Event Grid
  • Data services: CosmosDB, Azure Storage or SQL database
  • Visualizations: PowerBI, or web apps on App Service
  • AI services: Azure ML Studio, ML Experimentation, or Cognitive Services

Hackathon Sponsors


$20,000 in prizes

First Place

• $10,000 USD
• Blog post featuring the winning submissions

Second Place

• $6,000 USD
• Blog post featuring the winning submissions

Third Place

• $3,000 USD
• Blog post featuring the winning submissions

Popular Choice

• $1,000 USD
• Blog post featuring the winning submissions

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  1. Register for the hackathon on Devpost.
  2. Learn about the Azure IoT tools on the Resources
  3. Find a teammate (optional) by reaching out to other developers on the Participants tab.
  4. Sign up for an Azure free trial. It’s good for one year!
  5. Shoot your demo video and take screenshots of your functioning app.
  6. Provide a way to access your project for judging and testing, including a link to your repo hosting the application’s code, your exported ARM template (if applicable) and any other deployment files and instructions needed. (The Github or BitBucket code repository may be public or private. If the repository is private, share access with
  7. Submit your application on before August 6, 2018 @ 5:00PM EST for consideration in the hackathon!


Susan Hinton

Susan Hinton
Cloud Developer Advocate, Microsoft

Olivier Bloch

Olivier Bloch
Sr. Program Manager, Azure IoT

Nir Mashkowski

Nir Mashkowski
Partner Director Program Management, Azure App Services

Gorka Madariaga Nunez

Gorka Madariaga Nunez
Product Marketing Manager, Azure

Michael Crump

Michael Crump
Technical Product Manager

Martin Bald

Martin Bald
Developer Audience Program Manager, Azure IoT

Leandro Do Carmo Iwase

Leandro Do Carmo Iwase
Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Azure/IoT

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    (Includes creativity and originality of the idea.)
  • Implementation of the Idea
    (Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer.)
  • Potential Value to Enterprise
    (Includes the extent to which the solution can benefit businesses.)

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