Microsoft Elevate America Brings Essential Skills to 2 Million Americans

From 2009 through the end of 2011, Microsoft is responding to the economic crisis with Microsoft Elevate America. Through Microsoft Elevate America, the company is partnering with local governments, as well as public and private organizations, to help 2 million Americans improve their employability by enhancing their IT skills. Program Participant, Jesse Franco Chicago, Illinois…


Microsoft Partners with the Alsace Regional Council to Preserve Alsatian

The traditional language of France’s Alsace region, on its eastern border, is Alsatian, a dialect of German that is currently endangered. Although an estimated sixty percent of Alsatians can speak this dialect, only about thirty-five percent are fluent. Furthermore, the majority of the fluent speakers represent the senior population—a group who speaks little French and…


The EU-Africa Business Forum: ICT for Regional Economic Growth

The current moment is a particularly challenging one for the continent of Africa. Following in line with the global economic crisis, growth in Africa is now expected to be only 2.8 percent in 2009, following five years of consecutive growth above 5.5 percent. Yet no time is more important than now to bolster Africa’s investments…


Preparing Teens for a Career in Technology

Established by the Governor of Riyadh, the Prince Salman Science Oasis (PSSO) is a nonprofit, interactive center that nurtures innovation, creativity, and interest in scientific advancement among Saudi youth. Microsoft partnered with PSSO to conduct a training for young people between the ages of 12 and 17 in information technology skills to prepare them for…


No Summer Holiday for Partners in Learning!

On the Unlimited Potential team we work with the common understanding that education is the cornerstone of economic opportunity and I am always amazed at how far my team will go to make sure that the benefits of technology are extended to communities worldwide, year-round. One of our global initiatives for education is called Partners…


First Place Imagine Cup Design for Development Award goes to COSMIC!

This just in from Cairo…a big congratulations to team COSMIC from Universiti Sains Malaysia! At tonight’s Imagine Cup closing ceremony staged in front of the Pyramids, Jasy Liew Suet Yan, Loo Wan Koe, Mathew Phiong Yoon Kheong, Ooi Keng Siang were awarded the 1st place Unlimited Potential Design for Development Achievement Award for their project…


Imagine Cup Students Travel to Redmond

Last week, students participating in the Imagine Cup traveled to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to meet with various Microsoft teams as they prepare for the 2009 Worldwide Finals in Cairo, Egypt. Team SKAN from India and Team MultiPoint WEB from the U.S. used the opportunity to network with developers and programmers at the company. Team SKAN…


Shaping the future with technology

Part of Microsoft Unlimited Potential, Shape the Future provides tools that help governments create smart, sustainable and inclusive technology programs for their citizens – including not only affordable access to devices and software, but technology skills training, workshops and technology assistance with the end goal of ensuring their citizens are part of the information society….


Social Entrepreneurs in the Making

It is Imagine Cup season! Known as the “Olympics of Technology,” Microsoft Imagine Cup is the preeminent student technology competition in the world. This year, over 300,000 students from 100 countries are vying for a chance to compete in the Worldwide Finals in Cairo and all trying to solve the world’s toughest problems. The Imagine Cup…


Imagine Cup US Finals – People’s Choice (that means YOU!)

Next week some of the brightest – and youngest – minds in America will compete in the US Finals of the Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s worldwide student technology competition. Fifteen student teams were chosen out of thousands to showcase the technology applications they designed to help “solve the world’s toughest problems” of eradicating hunger and poverty,…