You are a Windows Insider. You are a member of a global community of people using the Windows technology we love. You are tired of the problems that have plagued our communities for generations and today you are ready to make progress in solving them with your skills and creativity.

You spoke. We listened. The #WINsiders4Good Create-A-Thon was born. It’s a hackathon with a twist: that brings together our tech and creative Insiders with important causes. Put us all in one room for 2-3 days and out comes our unique contribution to tackling the critical causes.

“The only way to make lasting change in real problems that affect us all is to combine forces between the technical and creative sides within all of us” – Dona Sarkar

The Create-A-Thon “beta” was initially rolled out across four cities in July and August – Seattle, Berlin, Cologne, London. We learned. We captured the best practices on how they can be run well. All the lessons, we now present to you in the “Create-A-Thon: Event in a Box” kit that we are sharing with you today.

In addition, for the month of October, in partnership with the Microsoft retail stores, we're honored to announce #WINsiders4Good Give Month. October has always been a very important month for Microsoft. Every employee is encouraged to use their technical and creative selves to solve social problems they are passionate about. Dozens of stores will be hosting Create-A-Thons this month, if you are near a retail store, join them! On November 8, visit a store near you to hear about the solutions that Insiders helped to create during Give Month!

If you don’t live near a Microsoft Store, lead the way in your city. Bring together creatives and technical people in your local community, because that is where the real power of change happens. And use the magic of technology in helping to chip away at a difficult, entrenched issue that you care about. We want to empower every Insider to do events like these and be the next generation of leaders. Download the Create-A-Thon: Event in a Box and start organizing, tell us what you’re planning and we can let Insiders near you know. And tell us what you are achieving wherever you may be in the world so we can share your stories!

This is just the beginning of #WINsiders4Good and we can't wait to work with you for years to come, to be the change we want to see in the world, together.

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