History in the Making! 💫

Howard University‘s spectacular inaugural hackathon, BisonBytes, was a weekend packed with innovation, learning, and collaboration. We gratefully acknowledge and thank Morayo Adeyemi and her team, for leading this 100% student-run event! 🙌💡

A proud Tera Sponsor alongside Microsoft, Cloudforce had the double pleasure to both help inspire young students and be inspired by their passion and dedication in making a difference with technology. As Creators and judges of the hashtagAI/ hashtagMachineLearning Track, Cloudforce also got to jump right in and challenge student participants to tackle real-world challenges using Microsoft hashtagAzure and hashtagOpenAI services. 🤖 👨‍💻

🏆 We’re pleased to congratulate the creators of winning solution “Bison Connect” for their groundbreaking platform aimed at bridging the information gap between Howard University and prospective freshmen. 🎓💬 The intelligent Bison Connect assistant utilizes cutting-edge technology like Azure Cognitive Search and OpenAI’s language model to provide swift and relevant responses to user queries, making the higher ed journey smoother and more connected for all. 🌐💡 All first, second, and third place winners in this track earned a Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop and an Xbox. 💻 🎮

“Bison Bytes was our second hackathon sponsorship event this year … and with several more coming up in the very near future, we’re thankful for every opportunity to put the power and promise of Microsoft solutions into the hands of students and watch the magic unfold,” said Cloudforce Cloud Champion Kamal Cunningham. “Watching these young future tech leaders engage with the latest Microsoft has to offer is 🔥”

👏 A huge thanks also goes to our tireless hashtageliteforce volunteers Aylin Alptekin, Aniya Young, Arija Rahman, Garrett Broady, James L. Poindexter Jr., Kamal Cunningham, Matthew Day, and Michael Ryan! Your dedication in mentoring hackers, answering technical questions, running Azure OpenAI workshops, and inspiring prospective candidates truly help empower the next generation of tech leaders. 🎤 And we also thank our CEO and Founder, Husein Sharaf, who, as guest speaker, shared insights on the Cloudforce journey and our special relationship with Howard University.  💬💼

🌟Here’s to many more opportunities to shape the future together! 🚀

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