#UpgradeYourWorld: Building the Future in the Philippines

The launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system (OS), Windows 10, was met with much fanfare, and Microsoft plans to keep up the momentum by committing to a year-long #UpgradeYourWorld programme—a campaign to fund and inspire positive change across the globe through the work of nonprofit organisations and individuals. Whether their commitment is large or small,…


Big Idea, Big Impact: Bringing Coding to People with Disabilities

#WeSpeakCode is all about encouraging people to give coding a try, and addressing the decline in participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. As part of this campaign, Microsoft employees across Asia Pacific were challenged to come up with the most creative, impactful and scalable idea to get the public excited about coding….


Philippine Youth Encouraged to Forge Their Own Future through Coding

Gawad Kalinga (GK) is a local nonprofit in the Philippines with big dreams: it wants to end poverty in the country by 2024. To achieve this, the organisation works with households living on or below the poverty line on various fronts, including through education. Since 2013, Microsoft has been collaborating with GK to empower youth…


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…


Measuring the Impact of Mobile Technology on Education in the Philippines

Empowering communities and helping underserved people to become more productive, creative and self-reliant: these key pillars have guided the Ayala Foundation's vision to help improve the lives of Filipinos for more than five decades. Founded in 1961, the foundation has spearheaded a wide range of programmes to promote education and sustainable livelihoods in the Philippines….


Joining Forces to Bring Tech Innovation to Schools in the Philippines

Despite the economic growth in the Philippines, more than one million children of school-going age are not in school due to diverse factors such as financial, social or physical challenges. The interplay of these factors, plus others such as malnutrition leading to poor academic performance, have resulted in the Philippine Institute for Development Studies finding…


Connectivity Amidst Disaster

Following our blog post on how TV White Spaces helped fisherfolk in the Philippines overcome connectivity issues and receive benefits from the government, we bring to you another development of TV White Spaces. This time, the technology was quickly deployed to help disaster victims get back onto their feet during the aftermath of an earthquake…


A Recap of the Inaugural Week of Code in Southeast Asia

From a 700-strong dialogue session in Vietnam, to an endorsement by US President Barack Obama during his visit to Malaysia, we can say that our Asia Pacific Week of Code has been nothing but a success! The Asia Pacific Week of Code kicked off with a blast on 21 April with thousands of youth attending…


TV White Spaces: Enabling Citizen Services & Disaster Recovery in the Philippines

Fisherfolk in Bohol, Philippines, live in remote coastal areas with little or no Internet connectivity. In order to be registered in the government’s National Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (or FishR) system and obtain citizen services and benefits, some travel hours to their municipal hall, and as a result lose a day’s worth of income. Hear from…


The Votes Are In: Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change Winners Announced

Earlier this year we launched Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change—a contest that encouraged young people aged 18 to 25 around the world to submit an idea for a social good project designed to spark change in their communities. Today, we are proud to announce this year’s five outstanding grand prize winners. Among the winners, chosen…

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