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  • Blog Post: A Weekend with Startup Weekend at Microsoft Silicon Valley

    The Microsoft BizSpark team hosted Startup Weekend , a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities. During the weekend of September 9-11, Microsoft’s Mountain View Campus hosted about 50 teams who came together...
  • Blog Post: Next Generation of Bay Area Entrepreneurs and Technologists Gather for the Second Annual Dare 2B Digital Conference

    The Dare 2B Digital Conference , the premier hands-on learning event for middle and high school girls aged 13-16, is coming up this weekend. Join the next generation of entrepreneurs and technologists in the Valley on Saturday, February 12, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., to...
  • Blog Post: Back to school: Microsoft stands up for education

    As we watch our Bay Area kids head back to school this fall, we are reminded of how important it is for all of us to support local teachers, students and schools – especially those most in need. So far this year, Microsoft Silicon Valley (MSV) has donated more than $3 million in software and monetary...
  • Blog Post: A Guiding Hand Improves Children’s Chances at Success

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! Clarissa first began visiting the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP) at the...
  • Blog Post: Family learning, full STEAM ahead

    Parent’s Day was yesterday, and we’re reflecting on the critical role parents play in the success of their children and, in turn, our community. A recent report featured in Education Week evaluated parent involvement in their children’s education over the past decade. The benefits of...
  • Blog Post: Local Educators Gather at Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus to Discuss Classroom Project Needs

    This evening more than 200 educators from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, together with representatives from DonorsChoose.org, will gather at Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus to share classroom project ideas and funding needs. One technology tool that brings public school teachers and private...
  • Blog Post: The 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute knocks down educational obstacles

    Microsoft Silicon Valley loves a good challenge, and we love to create opportunities for empowering youth. That’s why we helped bring Hispanic Youth Institute to Silicon Valley three years ago. HYI guides Hispanic students to realize their dreams of higher education and career success, particularly...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Helps Students Navigate Challenges in Work and Life

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! Poverty can be difficult to escape, so JobTrain was created to fulfill a critical need...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silicon Valley Hosts More than 300 at Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner

    Girl Geek Dinners, which originated with a girl geek who was tired of being the only girl at industry events, has certainly come a long way! Microsoft Silicon Valley hosted the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Thursday, October 13, at the Mountain View campus. The event provided an opportunity to mingle...
  • Blog Post: SVLG Education Leaders Summit: Closing the opportunity gap

    According to a survey released by employment services firm ManpowerGroup , Silicon Valley is on track with the majority of the U.S. to increase hiring this Fall. Yet a problem remains. While there are jobs to fill, there is a lack of qualified talent with the skillsets to fill those jobs. Silicon Valley...
  • Blog Post: Local teacher Gregg Witkin sparks social change

    At Microsoft Silicon Valley we talk a lot about an “opportunity divide” when discussing our corporate citizenship efforts. The issue is simple – there are jobs in Silicon Valley, and there are people to fill them, but there’s a disconnect between the opportunities available and...
  • Blog Post: Students Learn Math Using New and Innovative Methods with TheatreWorks

    On Monday morning, children from four kindergarten classes at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto gathered in front of friends, family, and teachers to debut “Playing with Math” – a collaborative, interactive learning experience pioneered by TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley with...
  • Blog Post: When a Store is a Store…and so Much More.

    When is a store not just a store? When it’s a place for people to congregate, collaborate and experience. That is the design and vibe of the new Microsoft store in Palo Alto. The April 19th opening of the Microsoft Store at Stanford Shopping Center is the second Silicon Valley location where shoppers...
  • Blog Post: 37% of Kids have Been Bullied Online: Microsoft Global Survey Gets at the Root of Online Bullying

    Online bullying is a serious issue that can have tragic consequences. To better understand and help educate parents, educators, mentors and kids to some of the contributing elements of online bullying, Microsoft commissioned a Global Youth Online Behavior Survey . As a global leader in technology and...
  • Blog Post: Photo Tour: Environmental Education Comes to Life!

    Continuing its strong support of environmental education, Microsoft joined Environmental Volunteers in Palo Alto on Sunday, to celebrate the grand opening of the EcoCenter, the Bay Area’s newest environmental education facility. Over the years, Microsoft has partnered with Environmental Volunteers...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup Global Contributors’ Summit Brings Participants from 45 Countries to Microsoft Silicon Valley

    Microsoft is proud to continue its 15-year partnership with TechSoup , by hosting this year's Global Contributors' Summit . The two-day event kicked off on Tuesday, February 15, with welcomes from Director of Citizenship for Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus, Sid Espinosa and Senior Director of Global...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces U.S. Finalists for Imagine Cup 2011

    Below is a guest post by Mark Hindsbo, vice president, U.S. Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft, who discusses the finalists for Imagine Cup 2011. Be sure to vote for your favorite team in the U.S. People's Choice Awards from now through April 9 and check out the local talent from right here...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Rolls Up Its Sleeves with Other Valley Companies and Community Groups to Plant 200 Trees in East Palo Alto

    Microsoft, along with seven other top Valley companies and community groups, planted more than 200 trees at Greek Oaks and Cesar Chavez Academies in East Palo Alto last weekend. The trees will provide shade, as well as cleaner air, for the more than 800 elementary and middle school students in the area...
  • Blog Post: Finding the Possible in Impossible

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. In the post below, we are pleased to feature Opportunity Fund, a Microsoft nonprofit partner that provided expansion funding to Bay Area Medical Academy. Help this organization win...
  • Blog Post: Photo Tour: Canopy and Microsoft Plant 110 Trees for 500 Students in East Palo Alto

    On October 6, more than 500 volunteers of all ages joined Canopy and Microsoft at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto to plant 110 trees. The newly-planted shade and fruit trees will provide over 500 students at Brentwood Academy with a welcoming learning environment. Trees don’t simply...
  • Blog Post: Summer Resources in Silicon Valley for Teens

    With summer in full swing and school still months away, there are plenty of activities to keep teens active and productive over the summer. Ongoing learning is important for teens, and it can be difficult for parents to keep students engaged while school is out. Luckily, there are several organizations...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Microsoft Silicon Valley Blog

    Welcome to the Microsoft Silicon Valley blog where you can find posts on news, events, opportunities, community efforts and the people of Microsoft Silicon Valley and our industry and community partners. There are nearly 2,000 Microsoft employees in the Silicon Valley who represent virtually every business...
  • Blog Post: The Ability to Succeed

    This post is a part of a series showcasing Silicon Valley organizations that champion positive change in our community. Help this organization win an Xbox package by clicking the ‘like’ button ! For disabled individuals, the keys to amazing personal and professional success are –...
  • Blog Post: Commonwealth Club Discussion – Multi-Sector Collaboration for Strong, Healthy Communities

    Sid Espinosa, Director of Citizenship for Microsoft Silicon Valley and Mayor of Palo Alto, joined other Valley leaders - John J. Donahoe, Chief Executive Officer of eBay Marketplaces; Nicole Levine, Executive Director, Women's Initiative for Self Employment, San Francisco & North Bay, and John Lee...
  • Blog Post: Silicon Valley Teachers Compete in Innovative Education Forum

    Today, 100 educators from across the country are gathering in Redmond to participate in the first day of 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 and their...