Viet Duc and Sasi Share their Journey on Becoming YouthSpark TechSperts

Two students from Microsoft YouthSpark TechSperts—Le Viet Duc from Vietnam and Khun Kanyarat Krutipisamai from Thailand—were recognised for their winning pitches from the programme. They share their thoughts about TechSperts, and what they have learned from the experience.


YouthSpark Techsperts: Transforming Graduates to IT Experts

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.


How Does Technology Heal Smiles?

Technology has grown by leaps and bounds, which has made our lives more convenient, while enabling efficiencies in businesses like never before.   But do you know that technology also has the ability to heal smiles?   Since 1982, Operation Smile has been providing more than 220,000 free surgical procedures in over 60 countries for…


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…


Mobile Tech Builds Stronger, More Resilient Communities in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

By Emma Hanley, Major Partnerships Manager (Asia), ActionAid Known as the ‘rice bowl’ of the country, the Mekong Delta region in southern Vietnam stretches across lush greenery interlaced with rivers and canals. Fertile and densely-populated, it is home to 17 million people. Though beautiful, it is a fragile ecosystem. The flatland is vulnerable to natural…


Fuelling the Aspirations of Young Entrepreneurs through Technology

By Esther K. Sianipar, Citizenship Manager, Microsoft Indonesia Riding on the strong e-commerce momentum, an increasing number of businesses in Southeast Asia are tapping on online resources to expand their reach. Yet, there are many small and fledgling business startups still faced with the lack of e-commerce capabilities to support their business development. In December…


Microsoft makes US$3 million YouthSpark Investment in Vietnam

Microsoft will invest US$3 million in Vietnam over the next three years as part of the company’s global YouthSpark commitment to empower young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.  “YouthSpark will be invaluable in helping Vietnamese youth learn more about technology and be equipped with the right skills to firmly set them on…


Harnessing Technology to Boost Youth Employment in Vietnam

Youth employment remains a major challenge in Vietnam, where many young people still lack the critical technical skills needed to meet the labour demands of a fast-growing economy. According to a report by the International Labour Organization (2012), 46 percent of the country’s unemployed are youth, aged 15 to 24. Participants proudly show off their…


Improving Community-Based Disaster Response and Preparedness in Vietnam

Residents of the Mekong Delta—a low-lying, densely populated coastal region in southern Vietnam—often have to bear the brunt of hostile weather conditions caused by flash floods and severe thunderstorms. In spite of government efforts to alleviate the situation, many Vietnamese remain ill-prepared to cope with the impact of natural disasters. When disasters strike, public service…