Rebuilding Nepal through the Innovation of Youth

The massive Gorkha earthquake that shook Nepal in April brought the country to its knees as it flattened entire villages, destroyed thousands of lives and displaced millions more. Despite rubble and debris that still litters quake-stricken areas, the country is slowly yet surely getting back on its feet with the help of its most valuable…

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Challenge for Change: In Conversation with the Asian Winners

It was a regular morning for 20 year-old Roopam Sharma as he entered the school lab and turned on his laptop, until he found out that he won in the Microsoft Challenge for Change global contest.

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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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The Hour of Code is Back!

By Cesar Cernuda, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific Asia is home to more than 1.1 billion young people, and it’s amazing to hear that at least four out of every five students find that “coding is cool”. Yet, despite this enthusiasm and interest, only 53% of youth in the Asia Pacific region feel that they have…

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Travel to the States—or even Antarctica—from the Classroom!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go on an overseas field trip or talk to people from different countries—without taking a single step out of your classroom? With Skype and a steady Internet connection, this is entirely possible. In fact, it is already taking place around the world. Through Skype in the Classroom,…

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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial to Inspire Students

When Minecraft was released in 2011, it exploded in popularity. To the community of over 100 million players around the world, the award-winning game represents creativity, strategy, collaboration, survival and so much more. But do you that Minecraft also has the power to transform learning on a global scale? By enabling students to create a…

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Creating a Better Future for People with Disabilities in Thailand

In Thailand, the majority of disabled people, such as those who are blind, missing a limb or have a deformity, still face great obstacles in employment due to a lack of opportunities to gain the necessary knowledge to become successful professionals and entrepreneurs. “People living with a disability in our local communities are in many…

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Need a Reason to Invest in Asia’s Youth? How About 750 Million!

Did you know that 60 percent of the globe’s youth reside in Asia? That’s 750 million young men and women from all walks of life, brimming with curiosity, imagination and fresh perspectives on how to tackle a wide range of challenges. They have access to a treasure trove of computing power in their back pockets,…

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Microsoft Employees’ BIG Ideas on Coding Take Shape

In conjunction with the 2015 #WeSpeakCode campaign, Microsoft challenged its employees in Asia to develop their own BIG Idea to encourage more people to learn coding. Earlier, we showcased JP Sibug's BIG Idea to teach coding to people with disabilities in the Philippines. Now we introduce you to Michelle Sandford and Elise Stanberg, both from…

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Microsoft YouthSpark: Expanding Global Focus on Computer Science

What do the world’s youth need today? Increased access to computer science education and opportunities to build greater diversity in the tech sector for tomorrow. At the annual Dreamforce conference hosted by Salesforce, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reinforced the company’s commitment to computer science education by announcing a new commitment of $75 million in community…

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