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Creating Opportunity For Everyone Through Education - Orlando Ayala
Guten tag from Berlin, Germany, where I’m participating in the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum (GLF) – Europe. GLFs are annual Microsoft events that bring together top government and business leaders with the goal of driving discussion on how the private sector can work in cooperation with local,...
23 Jan 2008
Partnerships and Education: K. Ganesh, TutorVista
Education has been the last of places where technology is used. There have been early adopters for technology in the travel and hospitality industries, banking, etc., but it has never seemed to make inroads into daily education for some reason. It can act as an enabler for connecting the “last lagging...
28 Jun 2007
UNESCO & Microsoft join forces to promote greater access and use of ICT for higher education enhancement
Last week in Paris close to 100 ministers of education, senior education officials and policy advisors attended the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) followed by the Microsoft Education Leaders Forum . The WCHE is focusing on critical issues around reduced funding for education globally...
13 Jul 2009
What Schools in Burkina Faso, Senegal & Mali Can Teach UP
A year ago, the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Group in the Middle East & Africa started a series of pilots in Francophone West Africa, to introduce small-notebook PCs into schools in Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali. Each pilot used Microsoft software running on 50 low-cost, low energy-consumption...
9 May 2009
Imagine Cup and the Rural Innovation Award — Michael Rawding
Those of you that follow Microsoft might be familiar with Imagine Cup – an annual student technology competition that Microsoft sponsors. This year Unlimited Potential has worked with Imagine Cup to add a new category -- the Rural Innovation Award . At its core, Imagine Cup is about capturing...
27 Jun 2008
Travel Diary: The African ICT Best Practices Forum, Burkina Faso and West Africa—Michael Rawding
Last week, I had the opportunity to travel throughout West Africa to represent Microsoft Unlimited Potential, meeting with our partners across the public and private sectors to further discuss how Microsoft can best contribute to help create new economic opportunities in Africa. I began my journeys in...
30 Apr 2008
The story behind MultiPoint
It’s incredibly exciting for us to see increased momentum with MultiPoint in schools! MultiPoint was conceived during the summer of 2005 at Microsoft Research India , when we visited rural schools in India to understand how they use PCs. We discovered that unlike in wealthy schools where PC classrooms...
30 Mar 2009
Transforming Education in the Middle East - Orlando Ayala
After a few days in London meeting with officials from industry and NGO organizations, I’ve arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the next Government Leaders Forum – this time focused on Arabia. Similar to Berlin, I’ll be meeting with partners from both the public and private sectors and talking...
27 Jan 2008
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 as a rather intimidating device. Inspired by...
3 Jun 2009
Unveiling the educational side of Internet cafes – Jeremy Gittins
When someone mentions Internet cafés to me, I immediately think of backpackers sitting at banks of tables hammering out emails to their friends and families about their latest trip, catching up with the world and sports news, or more often than not destroying The Covenant in Halo 3, or building vast...
20 Jun 2008
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 the competition focused on how they could use technology...
26 Jun 2009
Partnerships to Transform Education and Create Opportunity in Latin America—Orlando Ayala
I’m just now wrapping up the second day of this year’s Government Leaders Forum—Americas (GLF), and I wanted to share some more stories around today’s events. I’ve been busy meeting with a variety of local and regional government and business leaders as well as our partners from a broad range of groups...
5 Apr 2008
St. Sophia Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece- Will Poole
Last Friday, I had the privilege to attend a very special event at St. Sophia Children’s Hospital in Athens, Greece. Along with Microsoft Greece, Intel, and the Greek Ministry of Education, we donated ten Classmate PCs to the hospital. These Classmate PCs are for the first time fully localized in Greek...
22 Oct 2007
Travel Diary: India- Michael Rawding
Recently, I spent a little under a week traveling throughout India, visiting some of Unlimited Potential’s programs and partners that are working to bring increased social and economic opportunity to the region through the benefits of technology. It’s an exciting time to be in India. The economic success...
15 Aug 2008
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 “solve the world...
27 Apr 2009
GLF Asia—The Limitless Potential of Education for Lifelong Growth: Anoop Gupta
Last Thursday and Friday in Jakarta, Indonesia, I had the privilege to attend this year’s Government Leaders Forum—Asia. It was my first time attending one of these events in my new capacity leading the Unlimited Potential Group, and offered a thrilling chance to dive in headfirst into our work there...
16 May 2008
On the midnight train to Nizhniy Novgorod
After an exciting trip on an overnight night train we’ve landed in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. We spent most of today in the community around the Gorky Automobile Plant (GAZ) where Microsoft is working with NGO Free Deed to provide students with PCs loaded with affordable Windows, Office and educational...
12 Nov 2008
European Innovative Teachers Forum and a study on laptops in the classroom
I spent last week in Vienna at Microsoft’s European Innovative Teachers Forum with representatives of the Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Educational Development (NIRO). NIRO just completed a study examining 252 students out of over 42,000 students who have been given laptops for use in the classroom in...
2 Apr 2009
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 Multipoint, and the children and teachers really...
5 Jun 2009
Continuing Our Commitment - Pamela Passman
I’m in New York today, and it’s been a really busy week here on the global development front --- with Bill Gates and other leaders addressing a UN special session on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convening leaders across government, industry, and civil...
26 Sep 2008
Technology and Digital Services for Social Development in the Americas—Orlando Ayala
Greetings from Miami, Florida, where I’m participating in the next installment of our ongoing Microsoft Government Leaders Forums (GLF) – GLF Americas. As I’ve mentioned before, GLFs are semi-annual events sponsored by Microsoft that gather top government and business leaders, focused on provoking dialogue...
3 Apr 2008
Partnerships and Education - Vasanti Neelakantan, Brilliant Tutorials
While India is progressing in leaps and bounds in cyberspace, on the ground, the realities of a third-world country are immediately evident. Outside the major metropolitan areas, basic infrastructure such as roads, water and schools leave a lot to be desired. At Brilliant, our vision of education is...
3 Jul 2007
The best laid schemes of mice and men, By Camille Mazo, business development manager, Unlimited Potential Group APAC
At first glance a line penned in 1785 by Scotland’s famous poet Robbie Burns and the modern Thai education system have very little in common, but it was this line that kept popping into my head as I watched a Windows MultiPoint demonstration in Bangkok recently. School desks, each containing a pupil...
3 Apr 2009
Global Give Back Circle featured at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting
This week the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting is taking place in New York. The CGI website describes this event as a meeting that “brings together a diverse group of the world’s most distinguished leaders from government, business, and civil society to examine today's most pressing global...
24 Sep 2009
Africa: Kenya and Nigeria—Michael Rawding
After the Connect Africa Summit concluded in Rwanda, I was able to continue my African travels in Kenya and Nigeria. It was a great chance to see more of the region and visit some programs and businesses that are starting to enjoy new social and economic growth as a result of technology access. ...
10 Nov 2007
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