Grace Hopper: Open Source Day

By Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is a gathering of women technologists, and first took place in 1994 with 500 attendees.  Today – 20 years later – it celebrates a record 8,000 women and men in attendance. Produced by the Anita Borg Institute and in…

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Month in Review: National Preparedness Month

By Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response   September brought an abundance of online publications and posts, community events, and other activities focused on how you can prepare for a natural disaster.  Our own Harmony Mabrey just returned from running Cannon Beach’s Race the Wave 5k, capping off a great National Preparedness Month. …

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Preparedness in Portland

By Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response If you’ve ever been to Portland, Oregon, you likely witnessed not only a city of roses, but a city of cyclists.  Portlanders seem to be as likely to have a bicycle as they would a pet.  So it’s no wonder that bicycles have become one of…

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What We Can Learn from West Seattle’s Emergency Communication Hubs

By Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager and Harmony Mabrey, Senior Operations Manager – Microsoft Disaster Response   Access to information is critical in time of emergency to help connect people with resources and minimize further hazards, damage, and confusion.  Communities around the world are organizing neighborhood and localized group initiatives for information and resource sharing…

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Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

By Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response If you had 5 minutes to evacuate your home do you know what you would take with you?  Who would you contact?  Where would you go? We are just about a week into National Preparedness Month and already a number of informative articles, social media posts, and…

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Microsoft //oneweek: "Data is My Superhero" Hackathon Project

By Molly Bull, Senior Communications Manager, Microsoft Disaster Response Instead of holding its annual company meeting which typically takes place in September, this year Microsoft announced a new event called //oneweek which ran the entire last week of July.  The event was designed to inform, inspire and to actively engage employees in the company’s vision and strategy…

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White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery event

Today Tony Surma, CTO and Senior Director for Microsoft’s disaster response program, will participate in an event co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Security Council, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.   The Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery…

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Be Hurricane Ready-Information is a Form of Aid

Microsoft has a long history of working with leading humanitarian response organizations dedicated to disaster preparedness and recovery.  This week we are proud to team up with Humanity Road to help raise awareness of resources, tools, and tips that can help you stay safe during a natural disaster. In this blog post, hear from Cat Graham…

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Balkan Countries Face Flooding Catastrophe

Tanja Tatomirovic, PR & Citizenship Lead, Microsoft Serbia and Montenegro Tens of thousands of people are fleeing their homes in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia as the countries struggle to cope with the worst flooding in memory. States of Emergency have been declared by Governments, tens of thousands are being evacuated from their homes. In Bosnia,…

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Humanitarian Toolbox clicks with Crowdsourcing and Visual Studio Online

The idea behind crowdsourcing is that more heads are better than one. The idea behind Visual Studio Online is to easily get your project up and running in minutes on Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. By combining these powerful ideas, a disaster-relief organization called Humanitarian Toolbox was able to build and maintain a "toolbox" of ready to…

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