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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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…

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Spreading the Spirit of Innovation among Sri Lankan Youth

By Janakie Karunaratne, Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka In Sri Lanka, technology has emerged as a driving force in improving the lives of young people—whether in terms of addressing the opportunity gap faced by disadvantaged youth, or as a development tool to cultivate the next generation of social innovators. Yet, more needs to be…

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YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode Profile: Kalinga Gunawardhana

To celebrate coding and programmers, we are highlighting YouthSpark stars in Asia Pacific who have learned to code and have found success in school, competitions and career by understanding this language. We hope their stories will inspire you. What are you waiting for? Learn to speak Code now. #WeSpeakCode. Name: Kalinga GunawardhanaCountry: Sri LankaOccupation: Entrepreneur,…

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YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode Profile: Melick Rajee Baranasooriya

To celebrate coding and programmers, we are highlighting YouthSpark stars in Asia Pacific who have learned to code and have found success in school, competitions and career by understanding this language. We hope their stories will inspire you. What are you waiting for? Learn to speak Code now. #WeSpeakCode. Name: Melick Rajee BaranasooriyaCountry: Sri LankaOccupation:…

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YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode Profile: Harsha Purasinghe

To celebrate coding and programmers, we are highlighting YouthSpark stars in Asia Pacific who have learned to code and have found success in school, competitions and career by understanding this language. We hope their stories will inspire you. What are you waiting for? Learn to speak Code now. #WeSpeakCode. Name: Harsha PurasingheCountry: Sri LankaOccupation: Entrepreneur,…

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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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Celebrities Call Out for #WeSpeakCode

We Speak Code. Do you? As part of Microsoft’s global YouthSpark Initiative, and with celebrities around Asia showing their support for more young people to learn to code in school, we are proud to present a Week of Code to encourage everyone to try their first Hour of Code at code.org. It’s easy, fun and…

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FINAL Day: Vote Now for Asia’s Change-Makers! Voting Closes on April 22!

Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change is a global contest that encourages young people who are passionate about social causes to submit their ideas on how they can spark social good in their communities, college campuses or throughout the world, using the new Windows and Office. Five grand prize winners will receive a volunteer travel experience…

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Drawing Up the Blueprint for Empowerment of Sri Lankan Youth

It was an honour for Microsoft to bear witness to Sri Lanka’s historic hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the city of Hambantota, and participate alongside political leaders, civil society, youth, the business community and others in the summit’s vision of serving the world better. At the 10 November inauguration ceremony…

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