Two stories from Asia: how education is changing

Over a thousand miles and close to forty years separate Khun Mechai Viravaidya and Raj Ridwan Singh yet they have so much in common. Khun Mechai is a world renowned development expert who founded Population and Community Development Association (PDA) which has become the largest nonprofit in Thailand. Khun Mechai is affectionately known as Mr….


Social Innovation in China

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft On my recent trip to China I visited the Non Profit Incubator (NPI) which is a nonprofit that promotes social innovation and cultivates social entrepreneurs in China by providing crucial support to start-up and small to medium sized grassroots NGOs and Social Enterprises. I was…


Empowering Women to Foster Rebuilding Activities after Disasters

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft In Tokyo last week I met with Sakurai San who heads the National Council of Women’s Centers in Japan.  We were discussing how they were coping after the devastation from the earthquake and tsunami that many of their members had to endure last March. Rebuilding…


Making Santa accessible in Seattle this weekend

There is a special holiday event taking place in Seattle this Sunday, December 18th from 11am to 3pm.  The Microsoft Store in the University Village in Seattle is hosting a visit by a special signing Santa. The event starts 11am when Santa will arrive with his American Sign Language (ASL) elves handing out gifts and…


Announcing the Imagine Cup social entrepreneurs short list

Today we’re announcing the 15 teams that have made the shortlist for the inaugural Imagine Cup grants program. The program, which is a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program, aims to help Imagine Cup participants take their projects to market as the next step in solving the world’s toughest problems. This initiative builds on the…


Do Volunteer Efforts During Humanitarian Crises Help?

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft I am in Bangkok and have been very impressed with the work our local team is doing in delivering needed supplies to people that are still living in water and who have not received any help and many of them are in this situation for…


Claremont Senior Computer Club Makes Savvy Seniors the Norm

As a young electrical engineer in the 1960s, Tom Deno worked with some of the earliest computers. By the time he retired at age 64, he was a self-proclaimed “technology geek.” But he discovered that, among his peers, he was definitely in the minority. So he decided to do something about it and founded the…


How technology is helping a teacher connect with visually impaired students

Originally posted on Microsoft News Center The scene in Robin Lowell’s high school algebra class mirrors classrooms across the country. The teacher is at the front of the room, patiently explaining tricky math concepts. Students frequently raise their hands and ask questions when they’re stuck. Two differences set this classroom apart: the students are visually…


Microsoft at COP17: Working together to organize environmental data

Originally posted on the Software Enabled Earth blog By Robert Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft Microsoft is in Durban, South Africa, this week for the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as COP17.  This year, Microsoft is teaming up with a number of organizations to demonstrate how data visualization tools can…