Children get Creative with Coding for Environmental Awareness

A happy occasion for the 120 young students who successfully coded their very own apps inspired by the work of NASA
A happy occasion for the 120 young students who successfully coded their very own apps inspired by the work of NASA

var post id: = ♻ facebook → post text(“”, “hello from TouchDevelop!”) To many of us, the line above appears to be gibberish but there is a group of Indonesian children who would know it is a visual programming language, Touch Develop. At a coding workshop hosted in Jakarta by Microsoft Indonesia and local programming course provider…


Turning Great ideas into Greater Apps at Sri Lanka’s Children’s Hackathon

Back in 2014, 25 teams of secondary school students from across Sri Lanka pitted their skills against one another at the country’s very first Children’s Hackathon for a common goal: to solve the issues faced by underprivileged Sri Lankan children through technology. This year, the Children’s Hackathon was conducted a little differently. Wildly impressed by…


The Hour of Code is Back!

By Cesar Cernuda, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific Asia is home to more than 1.1 billion young people, and it’s amazing to hear that at least four out of every five students find that “coding is cool”. Yet, despite this enthusiasm and interest, only 53% of youth in the Asia Pacific region feel that they have…


Travel to the States—or even Antarctica—from the Classroom!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go on an overseas field trip or talk to people from different countries—without taking a single step out of your classroom? With Skype and a steady Internet connection, this is entirely possible. In fact, it is already taking place around the world. Through Skype in the Classroom,…


2015 Citizenship Report: What We Have Achieved So Far

“To really make a difference, it’s not enough to build great products and services. Living up to our mission also depends on how well we apply our technology, talent and financial resources to foster opportunity and serve the needs of communities around the globe where our employees, partners and customers live.” – Microsoft CEO Satya…


Creating a Better Future for People with Disabilities in Thailand

In Thailand, the majority of disabled people, such as those who are blind, missing a limb or have a deformity, still face great obstacles in employment due to a lack of opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge to become successful professionals and entrepreneurs. “People living with a disability in our local communities are in many…


Need a Reason to Invest in Asia’s Youth? How About 750 Million!

Did you know that 60 percent of the globe’s youth reside in Asia? That’s 750 million young men and women from all walks of life, brimming with curiosity, imagination and fresh perspectives on how to tackle a wide range of challenges. They have access to a treasure trove of computing power in their back pockets,…


Microsoft Employees’ BIG Ideas on Coding Take Shape

In conjunction with the 2015 #WeSpeakCode campaign, Microsoft challenged its employees in Asia to develop their own BIG Idea to encourage more people to learn coding. Earlier, we showcased JP Sibug's BIG Idea to teach coding to people with disabilities in the Philippines. Now we introduce you to Michelle Sandford and Elise Stanberg, both from…


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…