How many people does it take to make a difference? Just one. That person can be you...

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Today is a good day to remember that it takes just one person to have a positive impact on another person’s life.  Today is #GivingTuesday and as part of our ongoing YouthSpark initiative, we’re rallying support for young people around the world.  Would you like…


Help your favorite nonprofit get a software donation

Today we’re announcing updates to our nonprofit software donations program to enable more nonprofits around the world to get easier access to the technology they need, when they need it. While we currently provide software donations to over 40,000 nonprofits each year, we’re just getting started and we need your help. Many nonprofit organizations, including…


From Seattle to Singapore: How Microsoft is taking lessons from young people

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft There are 1.2 billion young people on our planet today – more than ever before and the numbers continue to grow with projections of 1.5 billion young people by 2035. Many of them are doing amazing things. They are innovating, they are inspiring and they…


The Future Will Not Wait

By Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs The economic and societal challenges facing youth around the world loom larger than ever with the youth unemployment rate expected to click upward to 12.8 percent by 2018 as forecasted by the International Labour Organization’s report, Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013. Yet, the…


Bidding for a good cause (no bull)

As we near the end of the 2012 Microsoft employee giving campaign we thought we’d give you a glimpse at one of the most popular giving initiatives: MS Auction. MS Auction is an internal only auction site that gives employees the opportunity to submit and bid on a range of different items ranging from collectibles…


Coming Together to Spark Change

Lori Forte Harnick, General Manager, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs Last week in New York, I had the privilege of hosting an incredible group of young international men and women in a discussion which examined the gritty challenges facing young people around the world.  The convening of the Microsoft YouthSpark Advisors coincided with the Clinton…


Meet the Imagine Cup students turned social entrepreneurs

This week Dominik Tomicevic from Croatia, Jason Mitsuyuki Wakizaka from the United States, Francisco Perez from Ecuador, and Mohammad Lu’ay Alazzam from Jordan were playing with the very latest Microsoft technology – in this case our new Microsoft Surface – in Davos, the Swiss village that hosts the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. They were…


HelpBridge App Can Help Those in Need During Natural Disasters

By James Rooney, senior program manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs   When disaster strikes do you and your family have a plan? This week marks National Hurricane Preparedness Week, and while every storm season comes with uncertainty, there are ways to prepare and stay safe using the latest technology.   Microsoft offers several resources and tips…


What do parents and students think of STEM education?

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is vital to solving the world’s toughest social problems; to helping companies create the next breakthrough innovation and to keeping local economies competitive. So how do we encourage more students to study STEM projects? To find out, we partnered with Harris Interactive to get an insight on STEM…