Microsoft YouthSpark: Expanding Global Focus on Computer Science


What do the world’s youth need today? Increased access to computer science education and opportunities to build greater diversity in the tech sector for tomorrow.

At the annual Dreamforce conference hosted by Salesforce, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reinforced the company’s commitment to computer science education by announcing a new commitment of $75 million in community investments over the next three years to increase access to computer science education for all youth, and especially for those from under-represented backgrounds.

Through the company’s global YouthSpark initiative, scores of nonprofit organisations around the world will receive cash donations and other resources to provide computer science education to diverse populations of young people in their communities and prepare them with the computational-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for success in an increasingly digital world.

“If we are going to solve tomorrow’s global challenges, we must come together today to inspire young people everywhere with the promise of technology,” said Nadella. “We can’t leave anyone out. We’re proud to make this $75 million investment in computer science education to create new opportunities for students across the spectrum of diverse youth and help build a tech talent pipeline that will spark new innovations for the future.”

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Excerpts from an interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella conducted by computer science students, as part of Microsoft YouthSpark’s support of Roadtrip Nation.

There are three key elements of Microsoft’s global commitment to increase access for all youth to the full range of computing skills, from digital literacy to computer science.

  • Global Philanthropic Investments with nonprofits in 80 countries will deliver a range of computing skills, from digital literacy to computer science education to youth in local communities around the world, including YCAB in Asia, the Center for Digital Inclusion in Latin America, Silatech in the Middle East and Africa, Coder Dojo Foundation in Europe, plus many more.
  • Microsoft Imagine connects students with the tools, resources and experiences they need to turn their innovative ideas into reality. Whether it’s building a game or designing an app, Microsoft Imagine makes learning to code easy and accessible for students and educators, no matter their age or skill level, and at no cost. Whether it’s free cloud services like Azure, online competitions via Imagine Cup that educators can incorporate into their curriculum, or fun self-serve learning tutorials, Microsoft Imagine helps bring a student’s technology passion to life through computer science.
  • YouthSpark Hub resources are designed to inspire youth about the full spectrum of computing skills, ranging from digital literacy to computer science engineering. In addition to providing access to the Microsoft Imagine tools, the YouthSpark Hub brings together opportunities to participate in activities such as DigiGirlz and YouthSpark Live, attend free YouthSpark Camps at Microsoft Stores and access training through nonprofit organizations supported by Microsoft around the world.

Since 2012, Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 300 million youth around the world, offering technology skills training and connections to employment, entrepreneurship and continued education or training.

What are you waiting for? Let YouthSpark help kickstart your future!

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