The Latest Idea in Wearable Tech: the Panic Button Bracelet

By James Rooney, Senior Program Manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs It’s a wearable “panic button” for the unexpected dangerous circumstance. Attached to a bracelet, the panic button will signal to a Windows Phone OS, sending a 30-second voice clip to a pre-identified emergency contact with the phone. A GPS system will keep track of the…


Seattle girls learn the "undercover greatness" of computer science

By Yvonne Thomas, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs Since the age of five, Hana Yohannes knew she wanted to create apps and work with technology for a living. “I saw so much power in computers in terms of what they can do for us,” she says. The 16 year-old Seattle high school…


Harnessing the Power of Technology to Fight Human Trafficking

Guest Post by Professor Mary Leary, Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America Human trafficking is a social problem as complex as it is horrific.  Often referred to as “modern day slavery,” the effect of this victimization is enormous.  It encompasses a crime that is both domestic and global, affects both men and…


Microsoft Celebrates Student Innovators at Imagine Cup World Finals

By Jane Meseck, Director, Corporate Citizenship Last week marked the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals, where more than 125 students, representing 34 countries around the world, traveled to Seattle for a week of inspiring presentations, intense hands-on judging and student project showcases – all to compete for the grand prize: $50,000 and a private…