YouthSpark Indonesia Announced in Front of 50,000 Young Entrepreneurs

Today’s young people face an opportunity divide—a gap between those who have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. Closing the gap through entrepreneurship is one of the most important initiatives to secure the future of the Indonesian and global economies. According to Aprizal Kusai, Assistant Deputy of Human…

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Empowering Underprivileged Indonesians through Computer Skills Training

Youth development is a key commitment shared by Microsoft and its nonprofit partners in Indonesia, especially in providing more education and computer skills training opportunities for underprivileged youth in the country. YCAB Foundation is one such nonprofit organisation in Indonesia — YCAB is the abbreviation for “Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa”, which translates to “loving the…

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Opening New Career Paths for Rural Residents in India

Microsoft has been collaborating with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) India since 2005 to set up Community Based Technology Learning Centres (CTLCs) across the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, providing underprivileged people with better access to Information Technology (IT) training. The collaboration is part of Microsoft’s Community Technology Skills Programme, which…

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Boosting Employability through ICT

Representatives of the Building Employability through Technology and Entrepreneurship Resources (BETTER) program had the opportunity to host Ms Judith B Cefkin, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy Bangkok, on 19 March. At the Center of Skill Development (CSD), located in Singburi province, the representatives from Microsoft, Kenan Institute Asia (KIAsia) and the Thailand Department of…

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Microsoft Technology Fulfills Young Entrepreneur’s Dream

Technology can make dreams come true and there is no better example than that of Huan Zhou’s life story, a mere 21-year-old fresh college graduate. Using Microsoft technology, Huan Zhou started his own eCommerce store selling locally branded cosmetics, and managed to earn a five diamond credibility rating on the Chinese equivalent of eBay –…

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Microsoft Supports Youths with Disabilities through Information Technology

With the aim of creating sustainable livelihood options for underserved communities, Microsoft India formed a partnership with Aide et Action to provide support through grants that include cash, software and curriculum. Under an Institute for Livelihood, Education (iLEAD) program by Aide et Action (India), several people with disabilities were equipped with relevant Information Technology (IT)…

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Defying Boundaries at Microsoft House for Learning

Realizing that many secondary students and other underserved people do not have the luxury of access to information technology, Microsoft, in cooperation with Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB), opened a Community Technology Center called Rumah Belajar Microsoft (Microsoft House for Learning) in Seasons City, Jakarta, earlier in 2011. Microsoft Indonesia provides computer-based educational materials with…

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