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Transparity awarded top marks in Microsoft’s Hack4Good event

Transparity have been recognised in Microsoft’s annual Business Applications Summit hackathon “Hack4Good”, winning in the EMEA Region category and placing third globally.

For the first time, the event was held online and meant that even more of the Power Platform community could participate. The hackathon attracted 390 members in 49 teams, across 4 different time zones, who were tasked with demonstrating how Power Apps could help organisations during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Wanting to use an example of a “real-life” solution, Transparity’s Intelligent Cloud team proffered an app developed specifically for a leading British manufacturer to help with proactive monitoring of their employees for infection control purposes. The team partnered with the customer to build a multi-purpose app using Microsoft Power Apps, Power Automate and AI Builder.

The modular app includes a contactless scanner to determine if an employee’s body temperature is elevated – a classic symptom of coronavirus – and will also record the number of scans, the results and the employee scanned, building visualisations and reports which can then be viewed by senior managers. It also allows for employees to self-assess their wellness – which the company requires them to do every 7 days – as well as sending anonymous, real-time notifications to managers and team members where an employee reports that they have been in contact with someone who has been confirmed as having COVID-19.

The team was led by Transparity’s Principal Consultant for Intelligent Cloud, Aaron Rendell, who commented: “It was imperative for our customer to ensure the health and safety of their employees, and to also mitigate the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. While we are delighted to be recognised so highly by Microsoft, for Transparity the real benefit is that we are able to help our customer manage their workforce’s return to site whilst minimising risk of exposure.”