First published on MSDN on Oct 23, 2017
At a hackathon you have a limited amount of time to come up with an idea and build a solution. This post will show you different features in Microsoft Azure along with links to tutorials to help you build an awesome hack no matter what programming language or Operating System you choose!
This post will cover
Training your own data models
Internet of Things
Web site and web service hosting
After the hackathon
If Microsoft is at your hackathon, stop by their booth to see if they have any Azure passes available. If not, you can get a
to get a transcript of the spoken words (9 languages supported and more to come); map and understand which speaker spoke and when; extract text displayed in the videos; separate background noise and voice activity; determine when a scene changes in the video; sentiment analysis; translate the audio transcript from one language to another; moderate inappropriate content; extract keywords.
Recently at a hackathon some students built a solution to analyze the reactions of people watching videos to help advertisers learn the effect of their commercials.
More and more devices are accepting voice commands. Controlling anything by voice requires Speech APIs. I highly recommend using an external microphone when you test and demonstrate any project using speech to eliminate as much background noise as possible. Microsoft provides
Speech to text
Text to speech
Translation to and from 10 languages
Custom Speech Service
to create customized language models to handle specific jargon that may not be recognized by everyday speech to text models. Could you build an app to help people visiting countries where they do not speak the native language?
Do you have data you want to analyze to find trends? You can prepare your data, build and deploy models with
Azure Machine Learning
; Or use a deep-learning tool such as
Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit
installed on a virtual machine running on Azure. Check out the
Data Science Virtual machine
to save time installing software. A student at a hackathon in Montreal, Canada interviewed other students to collect data and trained a model to determine how many hours you need to study to pass an exam.
Did you win at the hackathon? Maybe you came up with a cool idea but did not have time to finish before judging? Check out the
Microsoft Imagine Cup
our worldwide student technology competition. Keep working on your hack and it could take you all the way to the