Inside UP

JamesU on Microsoft's commitment to create sustainedsocial and economic opportunity for the next 5 billion

Inside UP

  • Hello, Again

    This is a renewal of my blog to reflect my new job at Microsoft. My name is James Utzschneider, and I recently joined Microsoft's Unlimited Potential group to run marketing and communications there. For the last 5 years I worked on Microsoft's Dynamics...
  • Fundacion Omar Dengo

    Tuesday, October 2nd. While I was in Costa Rica I had the opportunity to visit with Eduardo Monge and Clotilde Fonseca at the Fundacion Omar Dengo , an NGO focused on discovering new ways to use technology to improve education. They've been doing this...
  • Technology and Education Summit in Guatemala

    Thursday, October 4th I had the opportunity today to give a keynote speech at a technology and education summit for the Caribbean and Latin America hosted by Intel, Microsoft, and the Guatemala Ministry of Education. The venue was Antigua, Guatemala....
  • What Do We Mean By "Sustained"?

    Friday, October 5th. I went on my first "Unlimited Potential" school visit today. It was a moving experience, but it also gave me a good example of what we mean by "S ustained Social and Economic Opportunity." (Photographs coming)...
  • More from Omar Dengo

    In an earlier post , I talked about a visit I made to the Fundacion Omar Dengo, an NGO in Costa Rica. Eduardo Monge was kind enough to send me some more information. Below is a photo of their new facility in San Jose along with a photo of their resident...
  • Will Poole on CNET

    CNET ran a nice interview with Will Poole today. It was based on a series of meetings we did down in the Bay Area a few weeks ago. Will is one of the VPs who runs the Unlimited Potential Group here at Microsoft. The interview includes a video clip of...
  • "The Bottom Billion"

    I just had a chance to read "The Bottom Billion",  a book by by Oxford University economist Paul Collier. He used to work for the World Bank and for the British Government and has created a model for why poor countries remain poor and then...
  • Snowing in Moscow

    A group of us are in Central and Eastern Europe this week, starting with two days in Moscow. It's snowing. The highlight of our day yesterday was the official opening of an IDEA Center, a community-based computer center targeting unemployed, seniors,...
  • Buchalost

    October 17, 2007 I began the morning in Bucharest today by going for a run and getting terribly and completely lost. I mean 45 minutes of " Do you speak English -- do you know where the Howard Johnson's Hotel is? " lost. The team ended the day...
  • UPG Launch in Budapest

    October 18, 2007 We held our big press event in Budapest on Thursday and Friday this week. With most Microsoft events, we try to hold on to some important piece of "news" that we unveil at the show in order to make it easier for journalists...
  • Will the Digital Divide Widen Before it Narrows?

    October 19, 2007 I had a scary thought in Budapest today. What if the digital divide widens before it narrows? The thought occurred to me on Day 2 of our launch event here. I was attending a meeting of an informal group working on a program called "EUGA"...
  • 3.6 Million Innovative Teachers Can't Be Wrong

    Helsinki, October 29, 2007 I am attending the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum, a "Celebration/Competition" that Microsoft is holding in Helsinki as part of our Innovative Teachers Network , a grassroots community around the world that promotes...
  • Hanging With the APMs

    Academic Program Managers (APMs) are the people at Microsoft responsible for implementing the Partners in Learning program I wrote about yesterday . We have about a hundred APMs around the world, working with local schools and education ministries on...
  • Beyond Travel

    It has been over a week since I returned from my trip to Helsinki , which makes it three out of the last five weeks that I have been on the road outside of the US. While I was in Finland, some of my colleagues in the Unlimited Potential Group were scattered...
  • I Guess I'm Famous Now

    Will Poole and I did a video blog interview with Chris Pirillo last week, and Chris just posted the interview onto YouTube today. It's a fairly long interview, but as you can see from the screen shot, it had over 1,000 views so far today. Chris is the...
  • Beyond Stories

    Yesterday I attended AMD's 50x15 partner summit in Sunnyvale, California. 50x15 is AMD's equivalent to Microsoft's Unlimited Potential, with the idea that 50% of the world's population can achieve access to the Internet and computers by the year 2015...
  • OLPC in the News ...

    Well, it seems like the OLPC organization is in the news a lot lately, even more so than usual. Stories that caught my eye over the last  week included a CNN report , a BBC story from Monday, and of course the Wall Street Journal page A1 story that...
  • OLPC in the News (Part 2)

    Well, I will be flying out to Cambridge next week for my first meeting with some of the people at the OLPC , and I have to say I am looking forward to it. Some of my UPG co-workers from Microsoft have been meeting with the OLPC team for about a year now...
  • Cambridge

      A team of Microsoft people flew out to Cambridge, Mass. to meet with engineers from the OLPC Foundation yesterday. Here is a photo of my coworkers Bohdan Raciborski (demoing) and John Gunabal (smiling) as we showed some software to Walter Bender...
  • We Have a Name: "Creative Capitalism"

    Bill Gates gave a great speech at Davos this week around the concept of Creative Capitalism , an approach where governments, businesses, and non-profits work together to stretch the reach of market forces so that more people can make a profit, or gain...
  • Look! Windows on the OLPC XO!

    Today Microsoft and the OLPC are announcing support for Windows on the OLPC XO computer. The two organizations will work together on several pilot programs in emerging market countries starting next month, and the offering will RTM in August or September...
  • Skills Seminar

    Tara Prakriya is one of the technical leaders on the UPG team. In addition to driving a really interesting incubation focused on vocational skills training and assessment in India, she is an overall nice person who asked me to post a blurb about a non...
  • Western China Project

    A group of people from Microsoft's Unlimited Potential team are heading out to Western China next week to raise awareness on a firsthand basis around issues involving the digital divide for rural communities in emerging market countries. You can learn...
  • Recent Recap (Rural)

    I was out of the office over the last 5 weeks, and during that time we had a lot going on in the Unlimited Potential Group, especially around some of our efforts involving rural computing. For starters, we have posted a video and have engaged in a public...
  • How to Build Solutions for MOP and BOP

    Channel 9 is running an interview with with Tara Prakriya, a solutions architect here in the Unlimited Potential Group, as their featured video right now. Tara focuses on designing education solutions for poor schools and has some interesting ideas on...