Microsoft Commits to Bring Digital Access and Skills Training to 1M U.S. Students

Posted by Anthony Salcito Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector Education, Microsoft Cross posted from Microsoft on the Issues Yesterday, I had the privilege of combining my personal passion with my profession on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting to announce that Microsoft will bring digital access to one million students from low-income…


Technology skills make a difference

Rosalyn in Nairobi, Kenya is a 40 plus year old mother who has a business of manufacturing shoes from recycled tires which she sells over the web around the world. Ma Jianlu, a farmer in the remote Loess Plateau in China is selling eggplants online which he has grown on his small greenhouse. Since 2003…

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New program to develop IT skills in Haiti

Frank Schott, the global program director for NetHope has written a blog post over on Wired’s Haiti ReWired site about the chronic shortage of local information and communication technology (ICT) professionals in the country. Frank writes: ICT can be used to support health, education, economic development and conservation — telemedicine, distance learning, epayments, mapping for…

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The women of Taiwan remind me of the magic of technology

I had many truly wonderful experiences in Taiwan, the team there; Hope Ong and Angela Yao; have done an amazing job pioneering the Women Unlimited Potential (UP) program. They have chosen to focus their work on women, an underserved community in Taiwan in terms of training and access to technology. Over the years the program…

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Sichuan two years on

Who could forget more than 68,000 people killed, countless homes destroyed and lives shattered in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008? Yet even as many of the rebuilding projects are moving well and many of the people have been re housed attention now turns to the economic sustainability of the region. As you may know our…

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The impact of training goes beyond employment

I spent some time recently with Nalini Gangadharan, Chairperson of the CAP Foundation. Nalini was in Seattle for our Accelerator Summit and it was the first time we had met in over two years. Nalini is an amazing community activist and it was great to see her again. Hearing her stories reminded me of how…

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Elevating America through technology training and skills

Today marks a significant milestone for our Elevate America program with Louisiana and Ohio becoming the last states to join the program, which is part of Microsoft’s overall Unlimited Potential efforts to improve social and economic opportunities for people. Since we launched Elevate America in February 2009, thirty two states and the District of Columbia…

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