Fuelling the Aspirations of Young Entrepreneurs through Technology

By Esther K. Sianipar, Citizenship Manager, Microsoft Indonesia Riding on the strong e-commerce momentum, an increasing number of businesses in Southeast Asia are tapping on online resources to expand their reach. Yet, there are many small and fledgling business startups still faced with the lack of e-commerce capabilities to support their business development. In December…

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#WeSpeakCode Spotlight: Gatot Wahyudi

Microsoft’s #WeSpeakCode campaign aims to empower young people across Asia Pacific to learn coding and realise their potential. We spoke to several individuals who are passionate about coding and involved in encouraging others to discover the fun and excitement of learning to code. In 2011, Gatot Wahyudi, a Universitas Indonesia lecturer, played an instrumental role…

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Indonesia’s Change Agent: Esther K. Sianipar

This is part of a series of articles highlighting the valuable work that Microsoft’s Citizenship Managers are doing in Asia. As a child, Esther K. Sianipar would chat with her father into the late night about Indonesia’s possible pathways for democratisation. At other times, she would watch the deep discussions between her father and other…

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Office 365 Lends Indonesian Nonprofits a Helping Hand

Despite being Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Indonesia faces a high youth unemployment rate, with reports suggesting that over half of unemployed Indonesians are below 25 years old. Many nonprofits have dedicated their work to increasing the employability of Indonesian youth through programmes that provide affordable education as well as enable access to skills and funds…

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You Can Never Have Too Many Tech Events

By Kim Loan Nguyen, Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft Vietnam At Microsoft Vietnam, we’ve been hosting so many technology activities lately for students that I had forgotten the enthusiasm and inspiration the events can bring out in the participants. Our latest event and advanced IT course, ‘Technology Trends and Microsoft New Solutions’, was held at the…

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Powering Up Small and Beautiful Businesses

By Supahrat Juramongkol , Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft Thailand The future outlook for youth? Bleak. The 56-character title Global Employment Outlook: Bleak Labour Market Prospects is all we need to know about the paper released by the International Labour Organization. The current recession has hit the global job market in many ways. Not only is…

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Microsoft Vietnam Partners with ASEAN Foundation to Support Training Professionals

While emerging technologies bring a positive impact to economic developments in Vietnam, having a strong base of local training professionals is necessary for helping young entrepreneurs tap into new business opportunities. To this end, Microsoft Vietnam recently collaborated with the ASEAN Foundation and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to organise the first ‘Training…

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Microsoft & ASEAN Foundation Launch Programme for Young Entrepreneurs in Thailand

On 19 April, Microsoft partnered with the ASEAN Foundation and the Thailand Research Centre of Communications and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM) to jointly launch a training programme aimed at enhancing the information and communication technology (ICT) skills of new business startups and young entrepreneurs in the Southeast Asia region. Part of Microsoft’s global YouthSpark initiative, the new…

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Microsoft Mobilizes Opportunities for 300 Million Youth Around the World

Microsoft YouthSpark is a new companywide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth through a range of global programs, delivered in partnership with governments, nonprofits and other businesses. Microsoft today announced a new global initiative, Microsoft YouthSpark, that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next…

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ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft Expand Partnership to Support Young Entrepreneurs

The ASEAN Foundation recently announced that it will implement a new ICT training program for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) funded by a US$300,000 grant from Microsoft. The programme will target young entrepreneurs aged 16-25, and focus on the latest ICT applications for SME development. Over the next 24 months, the pilot project is expected…

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