Living Dreams Empowers Children’s Homes in Japan with IT

Growing up without a family often leads to low self-esteem and poor academic performance in children. Find out how Japanese nonprofit Living Dreams and Microsoft used IT to help youth living in children’s homes overcome their challenges and succeed in the future.

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Hour of Code 2015 Stretches across 17 Asian Countries to Reach Over 230,000 Youth

By Jeff Bullwinkel, Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Asia Pacific & Japan Did you know that an average person today has access to more computing power in their back pocket than NASA had when they first put two men on the moon in 1969? But the Digital Age is…

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The Cloud Comes to Japanese Nonprofit

If cost and time savings are the main reasons that drive organisations to the cloud, it is the tiny, lean nonprofit that stands to benefit the most. e-parts Japan, ailed by an aging IT infrastructure, discovered just that when it adopted Office 365. The two-person operation, supported by interns and volunteers, oversees an extensive range…

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#UpgradeYourWorld: Public Chooses 50 Nonprofit Organisations to Receive Support

In July, Microsoft kicked off a 12-month initiative to #UpgradeYourWorld as part of the launch of Windows 10 by celebrating people and organisations who do great things. We are thrilled about the engagement we have seen from millions of people sharing their stories and supporting nonprofit organisations around the world. As part of our US$10…

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Emiko Iwasaki Unleashes her Creativity and Leadership in the Gaming Industry

Ever ask anyone what they think of Japanese video games? Chances are, you might hear famous titles like Pokémon, Street Fighter and Metal Gear Solid, which have captured the hearts of millions with their innovative gameplay and striking visuals. Since 1999, Girls2Pioneers* ambassador Emiko Iwasaki has been part of the thriving Japanese game industry. What…

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Dare to Imagine – Imagine Cup 2015 World Finalists Announced!

150 teams from 64 countries participated in the World Semifinals of the Imagine Cup 2015 competition. Judges have evaluated all the projects and found some very impressive work. Emerging from the five minute video pitch challenge are 33 finalists from the three categories of Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship. We are proud to present to…

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@Rias NPO Support Center heightens efficiency with Office 365

From revitalising local shopping streets to reconstructing Kamaishi after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, @Rias NPO Support Center has a stellar record of supporting disaster recovery efforts. This expanding regional NPO, located in the Iwate prefecture, chose Office 365 to improve operations. Established in 2004, @Rias was launched in Kamaishi City with the objective of revitalising…

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Design Thinking Helps Japanese Youth Create Apps

[View:~/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-93-11/Microsoft-YouthSpark-Live-Digital-Youth-College-EF30FC30AF30B730E730C330D730-with-IMPACT-Japan-2D00-Sendai_2D00_HD.mp4:0:0] As part of Microsoft Japan’s YouthSpark Live Digital Youth College in 2014, IMPACT Japan held a Design Thinking workshop in Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture and the largest city in the Tōhoku region. Thirty university students participated in the event to create apps for social good. Design Thinking has been used to…

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