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A Microsoft approach to thinking about lean government
In entrepreneurship, the idea of a "lean startup" has caught on like a firestorm. Inspired by Eric Ries' book of the same name, lessons about doing more with less and launching "minimum viable products" are being consumed by founders in Silicon Valley and around the world. Now these lean principles...
17 Apr 2013
Innovating the Permit Process in Charlotte Before the Democratic National Convention
This is a guest post by Andy Pitman, part of Microsoft's eGovernment solutions team. This post originally appeared on the Microsoft in Government blog . Last year, Charlotte , North Carolina was presented with an enormous opportunity -- and challenge -- hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention...
23 Jan 2013
The view from 501: Five lessons about social media engagement from the Embassy of Canada’s Inauguration tailgate party
Yesterday was a special day in Washington, one that only comes once every four years — Inauguration Day. During the preceding week, the city transforms in both good (bars stay open late!) and bad (security and roadblocks everywhere!) ways. But in the end, something on the order of a million people...
22 Jan 2013
Microsoft Mentors Budding Tech Entrepreneurs At StartupWeekend Blacksburg
This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, the startups lead for Microsoft's public sector developer and platform evangelism (DPE) group, based in Washington, DC. This post originally appeared in slightly different form on the official Bizspark blog . On Sept. 14-16th, my colleague Ed Donahue and I were...
18 Sep 2012
Time Magazine Partners With Foursquare To Help Republican Convention Attendees Find Each Other
Where are my friends? Where are the VIP's? What's the best party to attend tonight? Those are not uncommon questions when you're at a huge event like the Republican National Convention. Tampa, FL, where it is being held, is a spread-out city, and events sponsored by myriad companies and organizations...
29 Aug 2012
CNN Helps Republican Convention Delegates Skype Those They Represent
Deep in the heart of Tampa, there is a CNN Grill. And deep inside the CNN Grill -- a combination working news studio and restaurant for participants in the Republican National Convention -- the 24-hour news network has deployed social media platforms to help different kinds of people connect. These...
28 Aug 2012
Startup Weekend Gov Features U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park And Data Entrepreneurs
This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, a platform and development evangelist with Microsoft Public Sector based in the Washington, DC area. See photos from this event on Ashish's Skydrive . Last weekend , Microsoft hosted Startup Weekend Gov in our Chevy Chase, MD offices, featuring speakers like...
29 Jun 2012
Personal Democracy: How The Internet Is Becoming The World's Newest Political Power
This is a guest post by Lauren Keyson, a communications consultant and journalist based in New York, NY. Last week, Personal Democracy Forum 2012 brought hundreds of people to New York University's Skirball Center to discuss how the spread of technology is lowering the barrier of entry into participating...
18 Jun 2012
"Games 4 Health" Webinar Juxtaposes Gamification With Living Healthly Lifestyles
This is a guest post by Arundhati Parmar, the Minnesota bureau chief for MedCity News, where this article originally appeared . Reprinted with permission. Video games conjure up images of couch potatoes shooting up aliens. But "gaming" has advanced far beyond that, often pushing the limits of how...
16 Jun 2012
Startup Weekend EDU Convenes Education Geeks For 54 Hour Hackathon
This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, a developer evangelist for Microsoft based in the Washington, DC region. See photos from the event on Ashish's Skydrive . Startup Weekend EDU is a 54-hour startup incubator event focusing on innovative solutions for education challenges. It was held June 1-3...
15 Jun 2012
Innovative Education: Meet The 100 Best Teachers Using Tech In The Classroom
This is a guest post by Rob Bayuk, the program director of the Microsoft U.S. Partners in Learning Team. This article originally appeared at the TeachTec blog . We at Microsoft Education are excited to announce the official list of educators for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Forum....
12 Jun 2012
Random Hacks Of Kindness 6 Creates Solutions For Humanity's Challenges
This is a guest post by Patrick Svenburg, a director of public sector development and platform evangelism at Microsoft. Random Hacks of Kindness, or RHoK, is a joint Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, HP, NASA, and World Bank initiative that teams subject-matter experts on global challenges with technical...
31 May 2012
White House Correspondents Dinner: Why Do Geeks Hate Nerdprom?
Recently, the White House Correspondents Dinner (AKA "Nerd Prom") and its bevy of pre-parties, after-parties, and brunches hit Washington, DC by storm as it does every spring. But across the Potomac in Arlington, VA, a simultaneous gathering of government enthusiasts known as "Transparency Camp" occurred...
8 May 2012
Microsoft Returns To Sponsor The USA Science & Engineering Festival
This is a guest post by Donna Woodall, the east coast lead for Microsoft U.S. Citizenship and Public Affairs. Microsoft is back at the 2nd Annual USA Science & Engineering Festival to be held at the Washington Convention Center in DC on April 28-29, 2012. As an "Einsteinium Sponsor" this year...
25 Apr 2012
Photos From Startup America's Entreprelooza! Party For Washington DC Entrepreneurs
On March 6th, Startup DC (the local arm of Startup America Partnership) hosted the first ever Entreprelooza! in Washington, DC, a celebration of all things startup and entrepreneurial. Besides being a 35,000 square foot festival for about 400 people (which stands out enough in DC), its diversity was...
13 Mar 2012
Microsoft Hosts Public Sector CIO Summit For IT Professionals In Government And Education
This week at Microsoft's main campus in Redmond, WA (just outside Seattle), the company will host chief information officers and other IT professionals from the federal government, state and local governments, and the education and health communities. The event is called the U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit...
28 Feb 2012
Entreprelooza! A Celebration of Washington, DC Entrepreneurship
Startup DC in partnership with Startup America and Microsoft has announced Entreprelooza! is occuring on Tuesday, March 6th at what was previously a Borders bookstore on 18th and L St. NW in Washington, DC. It will be a 70,000 square foot celebration of all things geeky, startup, and entrepreneurial...
28 Feb 2012
New Intelligence Un-Conference 'Suits & Spooks' Convenes An Eclectic Group For The Greater Good
Last week, an eclectic group of tech-savvy "suits" and "spooks" gathered in a private conference center in Rosslyn, VA, in a towering office building overlooking Georgetown across the Potomac River. The occasion? The second-annual Suits and Spooks anti-conference, curated and hosted by cyber warfare...
16 Feb 2012
Philadelphia's School Of The Future Hosts A Screening Of The Matt Damon-Narrated Film 'American Teacher'
Guest post by Andrew Ko, the senior director of innovation for Microsoft's U.S. education business. Continue the conversation with him on Twitter at @AndrewKo888 . American Teacher is a documentary that chronicles the stories of four teachers living and working in disparate urban and rural areas of...
15 Dec 2011
Job One: Education And Skills Gap A National Security Risk
Guest post by Stephen Gordon, a Director of Market Development in Microsoft’s Enterprise Strategy Consulting business. You can follow him on Twitter at @sgordonmobile . Could a skills gap caused by a lack of global competitiveness by our education system be a threat to U.S. national security...
10 Oct 2011
Shape The Future: Microsoft Announces Three-Year Program To Bridge The Digital Divide At Clinton Global Initiative
Guest post by Dan MacFetridge, director of Microsoft's Shape the Future program. Learn more on the Shape the Future page on Facebook . Connecting children to the Internet and all the resources it provides is one of America's greatest challenges. Currently, the U.S. is ranked 18th in the world in Internet...
22 Sep 2011
Thought-Provoking And Short Thoughts At The "140 EDU" Conference In New York
Guest post by Andrea Genevieve Michnik, founder of BrandKit, a personal branding and career consulting agency for young professionals in Austin, TX. You can follow her on Twitter at @AndreaGenevieve . In my opinion, education in America right now looks a lot like the housing market did in 2009 --...
12 Sep 2011
Publicyte Inteviews Former Venture Capitalist And Current iPad DJ Rana June Sobhany
Rana June Sobhany, better known as DJ Rana June to some, took a break from her tour to play the Publicyte launch event in Washington, DC recently. Widely recognized as one of the most innovative people working at the intersection of technology, music, and art , she continually inspires people in both...
29 Jun 2011
The Tradeoff Between Public Sector Apps Contests And Production-Quality Supported Software
Guest post by Dan Kasun, the Senior Director of Microsoft Public Sector Developer Evangelism. He blogs regularly at Techonomics and Government . This is one of my original cartoons. Apps contests, particularly in the public and civic sectors, are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, I absolutely...
22 Jun 2011
Random Hacks Of Kindness Is A Hackthon For Saving Humanity
Guest post by Patrick Svenburg, the director of platform strategy for Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector developer and platform evangelism group. What happens when brainy folks from NASA, The World Bank, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google put their heads together to develop innovative solutions to humanity’s...
20 Jun 2011
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