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The Nerdio Hackathon will run for two full weeks, included the weekends, from June 14th through June 28th, 2021. Final submissions must be turned in by June 28th at 18:00 PM EST.
We will kick off the Hackathon with a launch event, which will be held on Wednesday, June 10th. The event will cover the Hackathon in general, a few examples, and of course some more details around the “Rules of engagements” and who to contact if you have any questions or issues. It will be recorded for those who are not able to attend.
All scripted action (scripts) written will stay with its creator. Meaning, Nerdio will not become the owner.
All scripts will be shared publicly via our public GitHub repository, free for everyone to download and use. The main goal of Nerdio’s Hackathon is to come up with solutions and optimizations around WVD and Azure in general; free for everyone to take advantage of. This includes all Azure/WVD infrastructure components, image management, and more – time to get creative and think out of the box.
Anyone can participate. You do not have to be a master scripter! In fact, we will offer a scripted actions “Beginners” section with separate prizes.
The signing of our NDA is mandatory. This way there will be no misconceptions of who owns what (IP), for example. The NDA provides guidance on potentially shared responsibilities. Once we have sent it to you, please sign it and return it ASAP, as you are not allowed to participate without it.
Some scripts – not all – will become part of the Nerdio Manager for WVD scripted actions library for Nerdio customers to take advantage of. Nerdio will make that decision but we will always ask for you permission to do so.
After you have signed up to participate in the 2021 Nerdio Hackathon, make sure to sign your NDA (you will receive one from us, this not an automated process and therefore can take a while) as soon as you can. You are not allowed to participate without a signed NDA.
Once you are enrolled, please make sure to check out the Hackathon “Scripted Actions Categories, Levels, and Topics” section below where you can pick your challenges (will stay hidden for now). Also see the “Submitting Scripted Actions and Criteria” section to find all information around any specific criteria we’ve set out, how to submit your scripts, and so on.
If you would like to participate, or work as a team, you can. Just keep in mind that any prizes you may win, you win as a team and must be split between members as you see fit. You don’t have to let us know per se, and of course, all team members will have to sign up individually. We do not have a separate Hackathon team sign-up form.
The first 25 people who sign up and participate will receive a bonus package consisting out of cool swag materials.
We will have two categories in which you can participate: Challenges and Freestyle, split into two levels: Beginner and Advanced. Both categories will be primarily focused on the following topics, however, feel free get creative (you will be rewarded for that). Also, when solving one of the challenges, if it’s not 100% as described, that does not matter, share, or send it over anyway.
Advanced Level – Challenges/problem solving (will be published on June the 14th):
Beginner level – Challenges/problem solving (will be published on June the 14th):
Freestyle speaks for itself:
You can come up with any type of solution, optimization, automation, etc., that you think will make the life of a WVD/Azure administrator easier. Adding efficiency, saving on time and other resources, financially, for example, and so on. It is time to get your thinking caps on and let those creative juices flow!
As you can see, (again, challenges will be shared at the beginning of the Hackathon) there is plenty to choose from. You don’t have to pick one over the other, you can compete in both categories (but only in one level: advanced or beginner). You may also send in as many scripts as you want; there is no limit.
If you have any questions, please do let us know, we are happy to explain in more detail.
All scripted actions will be reviewed equally. Meaning, you won’t earn more points for solving a challenge as opposed to coming up with your own scripted action type (Freestyle). See the section on “Panel and Review” below as well.
Criteria: Windows scripts need to be able to run under the local system account.
AD credentials can be passed on using variables. This is done automatically within Nerdio Manager for WVD and MSP (see below), but can be done any way you’d like during the Hackathon event. When we decide the script will become available within the Nerdio scripted actions library, this behaviour can be changed afterwards, with your permission, of course.
Scripts do not have to specific to Nerdio, so it should be possible to run these on, or on top of other (native) Azure services, like WVD host pools, Azure images, MSIX AppAttach, Azure Files, FSLogix, various Operating Systems, virtual machines, etc.
The scripts will also be able to reference other scripts, but you must use PowerShell to start the process. This means that you can run your scripts all within native PowerShell, or you can use PowerShell to spawn off other scripts, i.e., ARM Templates, Bicep, Packer, etc.
If you want to reference the variables used and predefined by Nerdio, see below. The following variables will be passed to the script and can be used in the PowerShell commands:
$ADUsername (if passing AD credentials)
$ADPassword (if passing AD credentials)
$DesktopUser (if using with personal host pool)
Submitting your scripts: For the purpose of submitting your scrips, you have the following options available:
Please use a clear description at the top of your script to indicate which challenge (include the Nr.) you are trying to solve or what the idea behind your script is if you participate in the “Freestyle” category – see below.
Important: if there’s anything specific that needs to be in place for the scripts to be run successfully, or any parameters that need to be changed, etc., please make sure to include that kind of information when submitting your scripts.
As part of the script submission process, please provide evidence of the script executing successfully. This can either be a short video, a screenshot, or the code output.
Please, use the template above (we’ll make sure everyone gets it) for submitting your scripted actions.
All scripted actions will be carefully reviewed (see main landing page for an overview of our all-star panelist team). If we find anything that needs to be changed, whatever the reason may be, we will inform the author of such a change so he or she can agree or not. Panel members are not allowed to join the Hackathon themselves.
Depending on the number of scripts and the availability of our panel members, the reviewing process can take up to four weeks, but we’re aiming for two.
Scripted actions will be reviewed based on things like usability (how generic is it), originality, functionality, error or fault free, and clean use of code – panel members will review independently of each other.
As part of the script submission process, please provide evidence of the script executing successfully. This can either be a short video, a screenshot or the code output.
If there any specific environment settings that need to be in place for the script to be executed, then please include this as part of the submission process.
The scripts will be validated by our panel members, and if we have problems running the script, then we will contact you to validate the issue. If we are unable to execute the script, points will not be assigned.
We won’t check for plagiarism, per se, unless it’s obvious to one of the panel members. We expect fair play from everyone. Nerdio won’t be held accountable for that; that’s on you. Reusing your own code is perfectly fine, of course – it doesn’t have to be something new.
All scripters will be credited at the top of the scripts so everyone can see who the original authors are. We do not plan to pay any of our participants. It’s a contest, it’s fun, and it’s useful for all. Enjoy!
1st Place: $1,000 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Place: $500 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place: $250 Amazon Gift Card
4th Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card
5th Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card
1st Place: $250 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card
The first 25 people who sign up and participate will receive a bonus signup package consisting of some cool swag
Next to that, we will be giving a Microsoft sponsored WVD goodie bag that you won’t want to miss
Once all scripts have been reviewed and ranked we will contact the winners to collect their prizes. Of course, we will be announcing this publicly as well. We will probably organize a separate event to go over the Hackathon highlights, officially announce the winners, and such.
Finally, please, feel free to share your work and participation on your social channels. In fact, we encourage you to do so, and we will do everything we can to amplify all you are doing! When doing so, consider using the Hashtag #NerdioHack2021
Let’s make this as big as we can and have some fun!