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  • Blog Post: 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,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Unlimited Potential in Central and Eastern Europe- Will Poole

    It’s been almost exactly six months since I helped introduce the expansion of Unlimited Potential in Beijing, China last April. There’s been a lot of amazing progress since then towards our goal to bring the benefits of technology to the five billion people who are currently underserved. Yet we’ve still...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: A visit to Cafemax

    The highlight of our first day on tour in Central and Eastern Europe was a visit to Cafemax iCafes in Moscow. I’ve seen many iCafes but this one struck me as leading edge. Why? Variety. The Cafemax chain understands what their customers want and they know how to maximize their opportunities. They...
  • Blog Post: Mission Moscow

    All eyes are on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) this week as Michael Rawding and a handful of his Unlimited Potential team members tour the region. We’re heading out this morning to check in on Moscow-based iCafe partner Cafémax and will also catch up with the Russian Imagine Cup teams later today....