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…


Celebrating Kids Artistic Technology Talents

By Gemma Aronchick Creativity is in full force for the BGCA Club Tech Digital Arts Festival 2011 Excitement was in the air at the Microsoft store on a warm Denver morning last week. Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, their chaperones and BGCA staff, along with a number of supporters from Comcast…


TechSoup Japan Disaster Relief Program Launches to Assist Local NGOs

Guest post by Rachel Weidinger, TechSoup, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications – Global Network The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 7 weeks and 4 days ago. Japanese culture, following Buddhist tradition, often marks the 49 days after a death as a formal period of mourning. As the weeks pass, the disaster recovery is increasingly shifting…


MSN Japan sees new responsibilities grow from coverage

By Reed Price, Director, Network Programming, MSN US Sean Chu, the Executive Producer of MSN Japan, says the experience of responding editorially to the Magnitude 9 Earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, gave his team a sense of how they could be a powerful force to help people cope not only with the…


Volunteers deliver laptops to support relief efforts in Japan

NetHope, Microsoft, Dell, HP and InterConnection Partner to Deliver Laptops to Rescue Workers in Japan Guest post By Gisli Olafsson, NetHope Emergency Response Director Communication is the lifeblood of rescue operations in Japan. Without the ability to share information and collaborate in real-time, rescue workers struggle to coordinate the delivery of food, water, medicine and…


How technology is helping distribute food in Japan

Food shortages and distribution issues have become a major problem in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In many areas, supermarket shelves are empty, particularly as people stock up on food and other items as they face uncertainty around the nuclear situation in the country. In Sendai, people in shelters are…


Supporting relief efforts in Japan

We have all been shocked and saddened by the images and reports coming from Japan. It is a human tragedy on a massive scale. To help support ongoing relief efforts, Microsoft is making an initial commitment of $2 million, which includes $250,000 in cash as well as in-kind contributions such as software. We already have…

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Our thoughts are with the people in Japan

It is with great concern we are seeing the images from Japan.  The scene of the devastation is quite amazing.  It will be a while for all of us to get a full sense of the disaster and its impact.  Our team in Japan was in fact hosting a conversation with 30 NGO representatives from…

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