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

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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 Interns Code and Collaborate Their Way to Future Success

What better way to promote team bonding and collaboration among young tech enthusiasts, than to challenge them to develop an app? Last year’s Microsoft Student Programme in Taiwan did just that, bringing together a group of avid university interns to create an app that integrated role-playing elements with the familiar Monopoly game format. The game…

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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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Learning to Code through Fun in Taiwan

In this digital age, it is not uncommon to see a child with a smart device in his hands, absorbed in playing the latest game. But in August, at the 2014 Microsoft Kodu Summer Camp sponsored by Microsoft Taiwan and the American Innovation Center (AIC), children aged 9-12 got behind the screen to develop their…

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Asia Pacific Teams Dominate 2014 Worldwide Imagine Cup

From L-R: Hadi Partovi, co-founder of Code.org; Erik Martin, general manager of Reddit, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, with Jennifer Tang and Jarrel Seah of Team Eyenaemia Winners of the Microsoft Imagine Cup, the company’s premier competition for student technologists, developers and aspiring entrepreneurs from across the globe and a cornerstone of the Microsoft YouthSpark…

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Inaugural Week of Code in East Asia a Big Success

Kicking off with a blast on 21 April, the Asia Pacific Week of Code witnessed thousands of youth attending events and activities. Part of Microsoft YouthSpark’s #WeSpeakCode campaign, the Asia Pacific Week of Code encourages youth to learn basic coding skills so they can be equipped for the modern workplace and have access to better…

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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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Safer Web-browsing for Taiwanese Children

With our world getting more virtualised and the proliferation of new technologies providing instant mobility, it is commonplace today to see children as young as six years old clacking away on a computer or surfing the Internet with a smartphone in hand. In Taiwan, 90 percent of children aged six to 11 years have access…

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YouthSpark – Lighting the Way to Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship in Taiwan

Taiwan’s high youth unemployment rate is a cause for worry for many, especially after it hit 14.1 percent in August. Microsoft Taiwan’s YouthSpark launch event in October came at the right time. The event promoted free programmes for youth to acquire skills that the market demands, and reinforced its long-term message about how the strategic…

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