Our non-profit partners' dedication, hard work and achievements inspire us every day. We see a common thread amongst those who achieve great things: the willingness to innovate. Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes from the smallest change to turning the whole world upside down. In this issue of Tech4Good, we would like to tip our hat to the technology innovators in the non-profit community who take the chance to try something new. We hope you are as inspired as we are by these shared stories and if you know of a great innovation please share it with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Bill Gates' Annual Letter Bill Gates, Microsoft's Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, recently released his annual letter in which he underscores the importance of innovation and the belief that it is the key to improving the world. 2012 Annual Letter From Bill Gates • Students' Innovative Ideas Microsoft's annual student competition, the Imagine Cup, challenges students worldwide to come up with innovative technology solutions that will solve the world's most pressing problems. Read about some of their great ideas here. Young People Will Change the World • Technology & Innovation New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman focuses on what stimulates innovation in India and why "India's young techies are moving from running the back rooms of Western companies, who outsourced work here, to inventing the front rooms of Indian companies, which are offering creative, low-cost solutions for India's problems." India's Innovation Stimulus Interested in reading these articles in another language? Try Bing Translator: www.microsofttranslator.com
• How Gaming is Helping Autistic Kids See how therapists at US non-profit Lakeside Center for Autism have come up with an innovative way to use Microsoft Kinect's full body play technology in their therapy sessions. Lakeside Center for Autism and Microsoft Kinect • Surface Technology Dutch company Autitouch's innovation solution supports diagnostics and treatment of autism worldwide through an application developed for Microsoft's Surface technology. They hope the application will ultimately aid with pre-diagnostics, which will considerably shorten the diagnosis time for children with autistic disorders. Touching Children's Lives with Microsoft Surface Technology • Innovative Digital Storytelling Watch the winning digital stories from TechSoup's 2011 Digital Storytelling Competition. 2011 Digital Storytelling Competition Winners • IT Skills Training to Keep Kids out of the "Social Landfill" All Walks of Life (AWOL) uses a creative mix of arts and technology programs to keep at-risk youth out of the "social landfill". AWOL programs encourage respect, creativity, education and most of all non-violence. The Social Landfill
• Microsoft Connection Days Get together with non-profits in your community to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector by attending a Microsoft Connection Day. Upcoming dates: Monday, 5 March 2012 - Wellington, New Zealand Wednesday, 14 March 2012 - Manila, Philippines Tuesday, 20 March 2012 - Jakarta, Indonesia Tuesday, 3 April 2012 - Penang, Malaysia Wednesday, 30 May 2012 - Hong Kong, China For more information on Microsoft Connection Days, contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team. Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know. Email us at email@example.com