Last week the Microsoft Accelerator played host to Hacker News Meetup as they celebrated their first birthday!  About 150 people gathered to network, devour giant cookie cakes, and hear a great talk by Brian Hall, General Manager of
Internet Explorer, Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger businesses.  Hall gave a very interesting overview about what it’s like to work on some of Microsoft’s less loved applications.  He also provided tantalizing glimpses into
the new Internet Explorer and Outlook (Hotmail) interfaces – stay tuned!

Hacker News members mingle before hearing Brian Hall speak.

If you are interested in Hacker News Meetup, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month at various locations, check out: http://www.meetup.com/HackerNewsSeattleMeetup.

For more information about the Microsoft Accelerator, click here:  http://www.microsoft.com/BizSpark/accelerator/azure/.  The Azure class begins October 1, 2012.

 

A few Hacker News members cheer on the champs-of-the-moment during a sudden death, winner-takes-all Rock, Paper, Scissors battle. The
winner received 2 sphero robots!

Brian Hall describes a few of the challenges of marketing IE and Hotmail – and he gave the group a quick look at what’s in the works.

For those of you who attended the event and are interested in learning more about HackStars, click here. In a nutshell, HackStars is a program whereby entrepreneurial-minded developers and engineers are paid to work with teams going through the TechStars program. HackStars is a great way for talented developers who aren't currently founders to work with innovative and disruptive teams and it provides top-notch developing support to TechStars participants.