Unlimited Potential World Updates

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June, 2009

  • VOTE! Imagine Cup People's Choice Award

    The People's Choice Award website for this year's Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Cairo is up and running! To make it easy for you to vote, we have published videos from all of our software design finalists online. Every single student who entered...
  • Even Cattle in Africa Are using Mobile Phones These Days

    They might not be updating their Facebook pages or Twittering about local restaurants with the best vegan menu, but thanks to a new software application from Kenyan mobile solutions company Virtual City, you can now find livestock in East Africa grazing...
  • Support World Refugee Day

    Thanks to all of you who have taken time out this week to support World Refugee Week – a series of events culminating in the annual celebration of World Refugee Day on June 20 th . For those of you wondering how to get involved, we thought we would shine...
  • Design for Development Finalists Announced!

    Only two weeks to go until the Imagine Cup 2009 Worldwide Finals in Cairo, Egypt! Our judges have narrowed the field of entrants for the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Design for Development Award and selected five finalist teams. I would like to...
  • Gimme Shelter

    Every year on June 20 th , the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) honors the millions of people throughout the world who have been displaced from their homes and forced to seek asylum from war torn regions, natural disasters or religious...
  • 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....
  • MultiPoint won’t stop them preferring football to Maths, but it might help develop their learning ability

    This article from IDG’s PC World site about some of the challenges to teaching in Thailand, and technologies to help overcome them, was interesting and had a humorous ending. A reporter came to visit one of the schools where we are trialling Microsoft...
  • UPG’s Masuma Henry Profiled by Discovery Channel’s “Dream Jobs”

    A note of congratulations to Unlimited Potential Group team member and user experience researcher Masuma Henry, who was recently interviewed through the Discovery Channel’s “ Dream Jobs ” segment. Masuma joins a illustrious crew there—including a Mountain...
  • How do people engage with PCs for the first time?

    Given that most of us have encountered PCs from the time we were in school or college, it may be difficult to think of what it was like to discover the PC for the first time! But most adults in countries like India are new to PCs, and usually view it...
  • How to reach rural, non-electrified classrooms

    The Unlimited Potential Group in the Middle East & Africa has been hard at work for more than 6 months to introduce ICT for the first time to a rural school in the village of Ha-Tumo, 30 kilometers outside Lesotho’s capital city, Maseru. Working...