Unforgettable Moments at We Day Seattle & We Day California!

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Over the last week, Microsoft participated in two days of inspiring events in two cities – We Day Seattle and We Day California. Through their community service, more than 30,000 talented youth earned their way to We Day Seattle on March 21, and We Day California on…


Microsoft Announces New “YouthSpark Hub” on We Day Seattle!

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs As Human Resources Executive Vice President Lisa Brummel writes on the Official Microsoft Blog this morning: “There is nothing quite like seeing the brilliant spark of an idea in the eyes of young person – apart, perhaps, from seeing it in the eyes of 15,000 young people!…


Microsoft Supports “School in the Cloud”

By Akhtar Badshah, senior director, Citizenship and Public Affairs At the TED Vancouver conference this week, a remarkable education innovator, Sugata Mitra who I have known since early 2000, announced the opening of five School in the Cloud labs in India and the United Kingdom. He’s also launching the accompanying digital platform, built by Microsoft,…


Microsoft on World’s Most Ethical Companies List Four Years in a Row

By Karen Bergin, director, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs We are proud to be included in the 2014 list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute released today. Dan Bross, senior director, Corporate Citizenship shares his thoughts on this honor and Microsoft’s commitment to ongoing improvement of our responsible business practices on…


Microsoft Research Provides New Cloud Computing Access to Support Climate Studies

By Steve Lippman, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Big Data is becoming an increasingly important tool for helping scientists predict the long-term impacts of climate change, such as the likelihood of extreme rainfall events. In recognition of this and in response to President Barack Obama’s Climate Data Initiative announced last summer, Microsoft Research is launching…


A Local Look at Global Issues: 2014 University of Washington Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Reposted from Federal Way High School Newspaper By Delaney Brown and Jamie Tran, Microsoft YouthSpark Reporters, Federal Way High School, Federal Way, Washington Hi! We’re Jamie and Delaney, Microsoft YouthSpark Reporters and seniors at Federal Way High School in Washington state. We got involved with Microsoft YouthSpark as YouthSpark Reporters at We Day Seattle in…


School Pitch Helps Drive Innovative Ideas to Transform Learning

By Akhtar Badshah, senior director, Citizenship and Public Affairs At the Microsoft in Education Global Forum last week, I had the honor to celebrate some of the best and brightest educators and school leaders from around the world. It was inspiring to be amongst them listening, sharing ideas, learning from one another and meeting some…


Microsoft Hosts Mathletes for MATHCOUNTS Washington State Finals

By Jane Broom, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs It’s that time of year again…March Madness! A time to celebrate and cheer on student mathletes, the teams and their dedicated coaches for the months of preparation, teamwork and winning game plans. While you might think I’m talking about the one team from our state, the Gonzaga…


Teachers Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators – Today!

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs More than a thousand global education innovators are in Barcelona this week for the Microsoft in Education Global Forum. As I listen to the many conversations among teachers unfold, I’m inspired – but certainly not surprised – by their passion to make a real difference in…


Demonstrating Commitment Through Action

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs To speak with any credibility, companies must demonstrate their commitment to human rights through actions – not just words, says Dan Bross, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft on the London School of Economics and Political Science's blog. As outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and…