#ExpertSchool: Opaheke School Enhances Learning through Technology

  New Zealand’s Opaheke School abides by a simple yet powerful vision: to empower its community of learners to confidently meet the challenges of the 21st century. “The workplace of the future is changing rapidly, and we should equip students with the right skills from a young age to help them prepare for their success…

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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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Microsoft & High Tech Youth Network are Changing Lives

Last year, Microsoft New Zealand announced a $1 Million YouthSpark grant for the High Tech Youth Network to support their work in providing young people in underserved communities in New Zealand with opportunities for digital education, mentoring and IT training to create pathways to careers in the tech industry.   Ofoi Taumoelau, a young woman from Auckland, shares…

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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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headspace Australia Wins the Show Us Where You Work Facebook Contest

Thank you to all the Australia and New Zealand nonprofits that entered our Show Us Where You Work Facebook Contest! We were impressed with all the photo entries that showed a wide range of places and ways that you make things happen for the beneficiaries of your services. Even more importantly, we love the work…

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Volunteer Service Abroad improves business efficiency with Microsoft

Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) is New Zealand’s largest and most established volunteering agency for international development. Headquartered in Wellington, VSA deploys New Zealand volunteers across Melanesia, Polynesia and Timor-Leste to participate in building the capacity of underserved communities. Image by Volunteer Service Abroad Since its establishment in 1962, VSA has deployed New Zealanders for over…

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Helping New Zealand Nonprofits Make the Most of Software Donations

This post is part of a series that highlights Microsoft employees in Asia Pacific who are providing their expertise and time to NGO organisations, creating a positive impact in their local community, while inspiring others along the way. As a proud father of three, Terry Chapman has always been interested in activities that promote the…

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Microsoft’s “Show Us Where You Work!” Facebook Contest for Australia and New Zealand nonprofits

Calling all eligible nonprofits in Australia or New Zealand! Want to learn how to improve your nonprofit’s social media presence? Enter the Show Us Where You Work! Facebook Contest to stand a chance to win an Extensive Social Media Consultation (valued at USD$5,000) for your nonprofit with Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good. To…

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New Zealand’s High Tech Youth Network Receives $1M Grant for IT Training Academy

Young people in New Zealand will soon have a new place to hone their IT skills and job prospects. Microsoft New Zealand Managing Director, Paul Muckleston, announced that as part of Microsoft’s global YouthSpark program the company is donating NZ$1M in cash, software and services investment to the High Tech Youth Network to provide pathways…

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Asia Pacific Week of Code is Here!

There are nearly 3.5 billion people speaking more than 2000 languages in Asia Pacific. Can you imagine if there was a common language that could unite this diverse region and open doors to opportunities?   Through our YouthSpark programme, Microsoft is challenging youth across Asia Pacific to do an hour of code between 21-27 April,…

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