Enlisting Microsoft Technologies to Aid Missing Children's Society of Canada to Find Lost Children

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Last year 45,000 children in Canada went missing. Calgary based non-for-profit Missing Children Society of Canada have made it their sole mission to bring every child home.  Part of their challenge is acquiring information on the child (last know whereabouts, who they were in contact with, etc) and providing that information to local law enforcement. Alongside members of City of Calgary and Calgary Police, Missing Children Society of Canada partnered with Microsoft in a Hackfest to further understand how Azure Functions, Xamarin and DevOps best practices better address their need to quickly provide police with information of children who are reported missing. The Proof of Concept (PoC) oriented Hackfest made use of the following services and practices:

·       Azure Functions

·       Azure Storage

·       Continuous Integration

·       Infrastructure as Code

·       Xamarin Tools

The hack took place over the course of 4 days with the premise of enabling Missing Children Society of Canada with the ability to invoke automated Azure functionality in extracting last know coordinates, who the child was in contact with and the sentiment of the conversation from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. This video depicts the experience of three of the coding participants from Calgary Police, Missing Children's Society of Canada, and City of Calgary.



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