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  • Blog Post: Unforgettable Moments at We Day Seattle & We Day California!

    By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Over the last week, Microsoft participated in two days of inspiring events in two cities – We Day Seattle and We Day California. Through their community service, more than 30,000 talented youth earned their way to We Day Seattle on March...
  • Blog Post: Teachers Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators – Today!

    By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs More than a thousand global education innovators are in Barcelona this week for the Microsoft in Education Global Forum . As I listen to the many conversations among teachers unfold, I’m inspired – but certainly not...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft YouthSpark Sponsors New ‘Boot Camp’ for Imagine Cup Winner

    By Kari Sherrodd, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs Today Microsoft is announcing new prizes and opportunities available through the annual Imagine Cup competition. The top team from each category – Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship – will win not only prize money,...
  • Blog Post: Passion is Overrated: Focus on the 5 Cs for Social Impact instead – Conviction, Capability, Capacity, Commitment and Compassion

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet with an incredible group of smart, creative students who are here in Redmond competing at the U.S. finals of the Imagine Cup . I shared with them my view that passion is simply not enough to succeed. Every day at least one person tells me about their passion...
  • Blog Post: Imagine a world…

    As I write this post, over 400 students from every corner of the world are competing in Warsaw, Poland at the finals of the 2010 Imagine Cup . Every single one of these students is a winner. Over 325,000 students registered for this year’s competition and through local and regional competitions...
  • Blog Post: Helping NGOs Crowd-Source Solutions from Students

    The I magine C up is Microsoft’s annual student technology competition that asks students from around the world to combine their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the toughest problems. Personally, it’s one of my favorite events that Microsoft puts on for students. Every...
  • Blog Post: Improving Rural Mass Transit Information in South Africa – Team Smile

    The following guest post comes from Team Smile, a team of finalists for the Imagine Cup Rural Innovation Award from South Africa. Team Smile developed WhereIsMyShuttle?, which uses GPS/GPRS tracking devices fitted to buses to provide daily schedules of bus activities via SMS. The system also provides...
  • Blog Post: Vote now to help students solve the world’s toughest problems

    Each year hundreds of thousands of students from around the world come together to compete in the Imagine Cup . The competition, which is part of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential initiative, challenges students to use technology and their imagination to solve the world’s toughest problems...
  • Blog Post: Imagine students helping schools and nonprofits

    By Andrea L. Taylor, director of North America community affairs  at Microsoft A unique Community Service Day was held in New York’s Central Park today when nearly 125 Microsoft Imagine Cup finalists from around the world gathered to build and paint bookshelves, signage and planters to benefit local...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Students Travel to Redmond

    Last week, students participating in the Imagine Cup traveled to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to meet with various Microsoft teams as they prepare for the 2009 Worldwide Finals in Cairo, Egypt. Team SKAN from India and Team MultiPoint WEB from the U.S. used the opportunity to network with developers...
  • Blog Post: Supporting social innovation that addresses the world’s toughest problems

    By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Every year at the Imagine Cup , over 300,000 students from around the world come together to solve some of the world’s toughest problems using technology. The array of issues being addressed at the Imagine Cup each...
  • Blog Post: Social Entrepreneurs in the Making

    It is Imagine Cup season! Known as the “Olympics of Technology,” Microsoft Imagine Cup is the preeminent student technology competition in the world. This year, over 300,000 students from 100 countries are vying for a chance to compete in the Worldwide Finals in Cairo and all trying to solve...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Imagine Cup and Kodu Cup winners go to the White House

    Earlier today, three outstanding students, David Hayden, Hannah Wyman, and Jacen Sherman – winners of the Microsoft Imagine Cup and Kodu Cup student competitions – participated in the second annual White House Science Fair , hosted by President Barack Obama. David, Hannah and Jacen were among...
  • Blog Post: Team Oasys Presents Project Horizon at the United Nations Headquarters

    Team Oasys, a team made up of Mohammad Azzam , Monir Abu-Hilal , Hani Abu-Huwaij from the German Jordanian University , in Jordan, also the third place winners in the Software Design category at Imagine Cup 2011 , recently presented their technology solution at the United Nations headquarters in New...
  • Blog Post: Fiery dragons and social entrepreneurs tackle asthma

    Kodu Cup grand prize winner Hannah Wyman, 10, meets with winning Imagine Cup team, Team Dragon, at the Student Showcase event at Lincoln Center on July 13, 2011. If you ever get the chance to meet the young Hannah Wyman of Leominster, Massachusetts, you’ll be struck by her shining upbeat personality...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Imagine Cup social entrepreneurs short list

    Today we’re announcing the 15 teams that have made the shortlist for the inaugural Imagine Cup grants program. The program, which is a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program, aims to help Imagine Cup participants take their projects to market as the next step in solving the world’s toughest...
  • Blog Post: Imagining the Possibilities: next generation of innovators visit Redmond

    Earlier this week I decided to skip the usual lunch routine to check out the innovative ideas of some of the nation's brightest students who are looking to change the world at the U.S. finals of the 2011 Imagine Cup which took place this year on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. Bill...
  • Blog Post: How we can help students’ social innovation have real world impact?

    Yesterday in New York student teams from over 70 countries celebrated the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup – a competition that challenges students to use technology to solve the world’s toughest problems . This is the ninth year of the Imagine Cup and the innovation, ingenuity and creativity...
  • Blog Post: Technology Skills Helping Youth Make the World a Better Place

    Editor’s Note: Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. The continuing acceleration of technology and innovation creates incredible opportunities but it also challenges us to keep up by getting the right skills, education and experiences in order to be prepared for these...
  • Blog Post: Another Year of Innovation – Imagine Cup Grant Winners Announced

    By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Community Affairs Australian Imagine Cup grant winners Team Confufish (from left to right) Kenneth Wong, Matt Moss, Brad Lorge, and Nick Darvey Today we are announcing the 2013 Imagine Cup Grants winners – a part of Imagine Cup , a Microsoft YouthSpark...
  • Blog Post: What do parents and students think of STEM education?

    STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is vital to solving the world’s toughest social problems; to helping companies create the next breakthrough innovation and to keeping local economies competitive. So how do we encourage more students to study STEM projects? To find out...
  • Blog Post: Students seek to change the world in Time Square

    This morning I walked out of my hotel and headed towards the glistening heart of New York City, Time Square. Upon my arrival at the Marriot Marquis, the first thing that hit me was the bustling atmosphere inside. Students from over 70 countries have come to New York to win this year’s Imagine Cup...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup US Finals - People’s Choice (that means YOU!)

    Next week some of the brightest – and youngest – minds in America will compete in the US Finals of the Imagine Cup , Microsoft’s worldwide student technology competition. Fifteen student teams were chosen out of thousands to showcase the technology applications they designed to help...
  • Blog Post: What is STEM and why is it important? #STEMtember

    STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education is not only critical for preparing our future doctors, researchers, rocket scientists and game designers, it’s becoming more important for every type of job in the workforce. The problem is that most countries in the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Vision Center in Davos

    This week the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 is taking place in Davos, Switzerland. The event attracts government, business, academic and nonprofit leaders from around the world who come together to learn, share ideas and engage in debates on the pressing economic and social issues facing countries...

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