Using Technology to Combat Trafficking Worldwide

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Human traffickers are increasingly taking to the Internet to lure victims, but the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Microsoft are determined to use technology to beat them at their own game.


4 Things to Know About the YouthSpark Grants to 100 Nonprofits

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In a bid to help bridge opportunity gaps, Microsoft is injecting US$75 million over the next three years into its initiative YouthSpark. In April, Microsoft unveiled 100 nonprofits that will receive funding for computer science training programmes, grants and partnerships.


#YouthSpark: Raising Awareness of Trafficking in Thailand

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Trafficking is a heinous crime that is often the intersection of multiple factors including economic, social and cultural. To combat it, robust interagency collaboration is essential. In our latest initiative, we team up with various non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations to support vulnerable children and youths.

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YouthSpark Techsperts: Transforming Graduates to IT Experts

Participants at the launch ceremony of Microsoft YouthSpark Techsperts programme in Vietnam
Participants at the launch ceremony of Microsoft YouthSpark Techsperts programme in Vietnam

The Microsoft YouthSpark Techsperts programme, which launched its pilot in Thailand and Vietnam, aims to equip youth with the necessary skills to help improve their employability in the IT service sector. We take a look at some of the participants’ experiences and how the Techsperts programme has helped them clinch employment today.


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…