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  • Blog Post: Video: Employee giving and social entrepreneurs at Microsoft

    The third session we are sharing from our recent Accelerator Summit was hosted by Lisa Brummel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft and looked at how our employees are making a difference in the community from supporting existing nonprofits, volunteering their time, and even setting...
  • Blog Post: Meet Benedict and Ken – two generations buzzed about technology in Hong Kong

    I am just back from Hong Kong where I attended one of our NGO Connection Days. The connection days are held around the world and provide nonprofits with the opportunity to come together, network and find out about how they can use technology to support their organizations. The event in Hong Kong was...
  • Blog Post: CGI: Teachers are the key to providing children with quality education

    In 2008, we announced a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to train 10 million teachers by 2015. We undertook this goal, because we believe that every child has the right to a quality education. Throughout the course of a child’s education, there is perhaps no more important influence...
  • Blog Post: First Place Imagine Cup Design for Development Award goes to COSMIC!

    This just in from Cairo...a big congratulations to team COSMIC from Universiti Sains Malaysia! At tonight’s Imagine Cup closing ceremony staged in front of the Pyramids, Jasy Liew Suet Yan, Loo Wan Koe, Mathew Phiong Yoon Kheong, Ooi Keng Siang were awarded the 1st place Unlimited Potential...
  • Blog Post: Just four of 170 million stories

    Microsoft's Community Technology Skills Program began in 2003. Since then, 170 million individuals have been touched by the program around the world - individuals who used the Community Technology Centers to brush up on their skills; others who took a more intensive training course and ultimately received...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Asia’s Unconnected - an affordable and innovative approach

    By Frank McCosker, General Manager, Global Strategic Accounts, Worldwide Public Sector, Microsoft Providing universal Internet connectivity, at broadband speed, is increasingly important for fostering economic and social development in Asia. That is why, this week at the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB...
  • Blog Post: At PATH, Delivering Information Technology in Challenging Locations

    By Erik Arnold , Chief Information Office, PATH I’ve just returned from PATH’s offices in Hanoi and Phnom Penh, where a group from our information services team reviewed the state of our global health nonprofit’s technical infrastructure there. We also talked with our Vietnam...
  • Blog Post: Lowy Institute and the Millennium Development Goals

    I was recently invited to speak on a panel at an event being hosted by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Australia. The event was themed “Advancing Innovative Development and Aid Strategies in the Asia Pacific: Advancing the Millennium Development Goals”. The conference aimed to...
  • Blog Post: Sichuan two years on

    Who could forget more than 68,000 people killed, countless homes destroyed and lives shattered in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008? Yet even as many of the rebuilding projects are moving well and many of the people have been re housed attention now turns to the economic sustainability of the region. ...
  • Blog Post: Startup Businesses Get a Helping Hand

    Microsoft Malaysia aims to reach 500 successful Malaysian companies within three years with its recently launched Microsoft BizSpark program. The BizSpark program gives startups access to Microsoft development tools, platform technologies, as well as other products to bring to new, innovative solutions...
  • Blog Post: The women of Taiwan remind me of the magic of technology

    I had many truly wonderful experiences in Taiwan, the team there; Hope Ong and Angela Yao; have done an amazing job pioneering the Women Unlimited Potential (UP) program. They have chosen to focus their work on women, an underserved community in Taiwan in terms of training and access to technology. Over...
  • Blog Post: Addressing social and economic issues in Asia

    There are three fairly standard reactions I receive when I am telling people about the work Microsoft is undertaking with Governments and community partners to improve lives and drive national competitiveness and first up is usually surprise! I find people are generally unaware of the breadth and depth...
  • Blog Post: Trip Report: South East Asia - Community First and Technology Second

    Without doubt one of the best aspects of my job is getting to visit our partners and see firsthand their communities and the incredible work they are doing on the ground to address real social and economic issues. Most recently I was in Philippines and Indonesia and had the privilege visiting with...
  • Blog Post: Accelerating Change through Technology

    In 2007 we launched the Microsoft Unlimited Potential program to focus on getting the power of technology to underserved communities around the world, and in the intervening period we have learned a lot and we’ve seen some exciting results from our partnerships and our investments. Recently...
  • Blog Post: A Good Kind of Madness in Singapore

    This is a report on the Innovate4Good day that took place in Singapore last weekend.  It was originally posted on the Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific blog . There is a palpable energy and enthusiasm at the Innovate4Good@Microsoft event today in Singapore. The event kicked off with a warm welcome...
  • Blog Post: Video: Preparing people for the jobs of today and tomorrow

    Today I wanted to share with you our final Accelerator Summit video. This session addresses skills training and workforce development, an area of significant focus for Microsoft around the world. The session, which was moderated by Pamela Passman, explores the impact of training and workforce development...
  • Blog Post: Two stories from Asia: how education is changing

    Over a thousand miles and close to forty years separate Khun Mechai Viravaidya and Raj Ridwan Singh yet they have so much in common. Khun Mechai is a world renowned development expert who founded Population and Community Development Association (PDA) which has become the largest nonprofit in Thailand...
  • Blog Post: The impact of training goes beyond employment

    I spent some time recently with Nalini Gangadharan, Chairperson of the CAP Foundation. Nalini was in Seattle for our Accelerator Summit and it was the first time we had met in over two years. Nalini is an amazing community activist and it was great to see her again. Hearing her stories reminded me of...
  • Blog Post: Using Technology to Drive Development Results

    By John DaSilva, Project Development Manager, Kenan Institute Asia It’s not so easy to fit an organization like Kenan Institute Asia (K.I.Asia) into a description of your typical NGO. We’re as likely to design an intellectual property rights training curriculum for SMEs as we are to conduct...
  • Blog Post: Back to School: Making Sure Students with Disabilities Can See, Hear, and Use their PC

    For many parents and teachers, this time of year means preparing for back to school and looking forward to a new school year full of possibilities. Parents are busy making sure their children are ready and have the gear they need for school. Meanwhile educators are preparing their lessons and personalizing...
  • Blog Post: New Grass on Old Turf

    Vikas Goswami, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Microsoft India “ Helping people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential” is not just a tag line at Microsoft; it is our way of life, work and fun. For the last five years it has been incorporated into...

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