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  • Blog Post: KidsDo with Kodu

    Today, Microsoft’s Kodu Cup , a game-design competition for students 9-17 years old to win cash and prizes by creating their own video game with Microsoft Kodu Game Lab , launches for the first time in the U.S. Kodu Game Lab is a free game-design tool that enables children to design, build...
  • Blog Post: Stop Hunger Now Event

    Recently, Microsoft teamed with an incredible organization called Stop Hunger Now to host a 90 Minute “Meal Packaging Event” at our headquarters in Waltham, MA. More than 100 Waltham-based employees volunteered their time, packing 22,300 meals to make a difference in the battle to end world...
  • Blog Post: Vote for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice Awards

    Rock the vote! Today, Microsoft announced the 2011 U.S. Imagine Cup finalists, some of whom will go on to represent the United States in the global competition in July in New York City. These stellar students created innovative, tech-based solutions to solve global problems while learning valuable skills...
  • Blog Post: Boys and Girls Club kids get their tech on!

    Last Thursday and Friday, April 21-22, more than 60 kids participated in the CyberSummit, an annual event hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston , and open to clubs in and around Boston , that enables kids to learn about and interact with new technologies. Now in its 11 th year, CyberSummit includes...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Holiday Efforts

    During the holidays, we at Microsoft like to spread cheer throughout our local Boston community and give back to the organizations that devote their time and energy to great causes. As part of our efforts this past year, Microsoft Boston hosted a toy drive for the Franciscan Hospital for Children and...
  • Blog Post: YMCA Training, Inc. helps Bostonians succeed

    Last Friday, May 20, the YMCA of Greater Boston honored Microsoft at a breakfast event in recognition of a $250,000 grant given to YMCA Training, Inc . In February , the YMCA of Greater Boston was one of 12 organizations chosen to receive a Microsoft Elevate America Community Initiative Grant , which...
  • Blog Post: Take me out to the ballgame!

    On Friday, August 5, more than 20 local Microsoft Boston employees volunteered at Fenway Park to help sell 50/50 raffle tickets in support of the Red Sox Foundation . The Red Sox Foundation is the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, focusing on serving the health, education, recreation and social...
  • Blog Post: President Obama and Melinda Gates visit TechBoston Academy

    On Tuesday, President Obama, Melinda Gates, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited TechBoston Academy to celebrate the achievements of students and faculty in fostering a technology-rich, college preparatory curriculum, and maximizing student engagement. Check out some pictures from yesterday’s...
  • Blog Post: Boston’s Barefoot for a Cause

    On Tuesday April 5, employees at our Northeast office "walked the walk" in the rain completely barefoot to experience what those less fortunate than us go through when they don't have shoes. We're proud that the various sales, marketing and services teams across the East Region also participated in this...
  • Blog Post: YMCA of Greater Boston Announced as Recipient of Microsoft Elevate America Community Initiative Grant

    In attempts to level the playing field for underserved communities and provide essential technology skills for job seekers, Microsoft today announced that it is awarding more than $5 million in cash and up to $10 million in software over the next two years to 12 non-profits, including the YMCA of Greater...
  • Blog Post: Geek is Chic

    Microsoft held its fifth annual DigiGirlz Day at our Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) in Waltham on Friday, March 25 th (check out some pictures below). Microsoft celebrates women’s history month in March with various events held throughout the Northeast geography and we especially love DigiGirlz...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Honored with Tech Citizenship Award

    On December 3, Microsoft Boston was recognized by Mass High Tech at the Tech Citizenship Awards program, which honors companies in Boston that focus on giving back to the community through contributions and employee hours. Companies that receive this recognition are particularly focused on driving science...
  • Blog Post: Updates at NERD

    Check out what has been happening at NERD! Recently, NERD hosted both the New England Give Camp as well as Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum Showcase to support and recognize non-profits that are positively impacting our communities. In addition, this past weekend more than 130 people converged...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Inspiration

    A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting with several Imagine Cup teams from the Boston area, including teams from Harvard, MIT, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Holyoke Community College. I was in awe of the students and their passion, intelligence, focus, drive and innovation. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Veterans Inc. of Worcester Receives Award to Help Veterans Get Jobs

    Yesterday morning in New York City, Microsoft announced six grant recipient organizations, including Veterans Inc. of Worcester, Mass., as part of the Elevate America Veterans program to help veterans acclimate back into civilian life. The grant will provide veterans with technology skills training,...
  • Blog Post: 2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup U.S. Finalists Announced

    The world’s coolest student technology competition just announced who is making it to the next round! Microsoft just unveiled the 10 teams who will compete in the 11 th annual Imagine Cup U.S. Finals Demo Day on May 13 in Silicon Valley. Each of the top teams will pitch their business to investors...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Donates as the Boston Red Sox Run Bases

    It was Monday, Sept. 19, at the Boston Red Sox game versus the Baltimore Orioles, and Microsoft’s General Manager for the Northeast District, Craig Hodges, stepped up to the mound to throw the first pitch. The pressure was on – throwing a perfect pitch isn’t easy, especially when you’re...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Imagine Cup – Student Innovation in Boston

    Once again, Microsoft's flagship student technology competition, Imagine Cup , is bringing together student innovators from around the world. And this year, Microsoft is re-imagining the competition to be a springboard for budding entrepreneurs as much as it is a student technology competition. The U...
  • Blog Post: Start Your School Year Against Cyberbullying

    September is synonymous with back-to-school, as students return to the classroom, reconnect with friends and teachers and share tales of summer fun. For some, however, back-to-school often means a return to cyberbullying. The Cyberbullying Research Center in the U.S. defines cyberbullying as “willful...
  • Blog Post: Cambridge Teacher Competes in IEF

    Today, 100 educators from across the country are at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., to participate in the U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF), Microsoft’s premier educator recognition event. These teachers are being celebrated for their innovative use of technology in the classroom...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Helps Nonprofits Do More Good

    As nonprofits across the globe work to meet the needs of those they serve, it becomes increasingly difficult to dedicate precious resources to the latest technology advancements. Microsoft is doing its part to assist their efforts through the Technology for Good program. As part of this initiative...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Community Efforts - Q&A with Anissa Battaglino

    Have you ever wondered how Microsoft impacts the local Boston community? Anissa Battaglino, Microsoft’s Operations and Community Manager in the Northeast District, discusses some of the citizenship and community relations efforts in which Microsoft Boston is involved. 1. What is the focus of...