A Local Look at Global Issues: 2014 University of Washington Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Reposted from Federal Way High School Newspaper By Delaney Brown and Jamie Tran, Microsoft YouthSpark Reporters, Federal Way High School, Federal Way, Washington Hi! We’re Jamie and Delaney, Microsoft YouthSpark Reporters and seniors at Federal Way High School in Washington state. We got involved with Microsoft YouthSpark as YouthSpark Reporters at We Day Seattle in…


YouthSpark Challenge for Change Winners Announced! Five Brilliant Sparks of Social Good

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs This past year has been about sparking change through Microsoft YouthSpark, so it’s fitting that we’re announcing the five grand prize winners of the YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest just days before the fireworks-filled U.S. Fourth of July celebration. If you’ve been following the contest,…


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…


How social entrepreneurs are tackling the toughest issues (VIDEO)

On this blog we often talk about the next generation of Social Entrepreneurs and the ways in which people are aiming to solve the toughest global issues through the use of technology. Recently we had the pleasure of hosting a panel of entrepreneurs on our Redmond campus to hear firsthand how they are investing their…


So you say you want to be a social entrepreneur?

(Team Viva Farms takes home three awards; Photo by Karen Ducey, hosted on the SIFP website)  Monday evening while millions of Americans tuned in to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, I watched a slightly different kind of competition that showcased the potential to touch the lives of…

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Fiery dragons and social entrepreneurs tackle asthma

Kodu Cup grand prize winner Hannah Wyman, 10, meets with winning Imagine Cup team, Team Dragon, at the Student Showcase event at Lincoln Center on July 13, 2011. If you ever get the chance to meet the young Hannah Wyman of Leominster, Massachusetts, you’ll be struck by her shining upbeat personality and her big smile….


Social Entrepreneurs Inspire at the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals

Nathan J Peterson, onsite in New York The bright lights were shining inside the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City and all eyes were on the stage in anticipation of the announcement for 2011’s Imagine Cup World Finals winners. Flags were held high and cheers rang loud as each of the 15…


Students seek to change the world in Time Square

This morning I walked out of my hotel and headed towards the glistening heart of New York City, Time Square. Upon my arrival at the Marriot Marquis, the first thing that hit me was the bustling atmosphere inside. Students from over 70 countries have come to New York to win this year’s Imagine Cup Worldwide…


Social entrepreneurs create to help refugees

Author’s Note: Reporting from the U.S. Imagine Cup finals in April we asked- are  social entrepreneurs the new heroes? The response was overwhelmingly positive so we thought we’d share some more stories of the students preparing for the Imagine Cup worldwide finals in New York this July. Today is World Refugee Day-a day where we…


Social Entrepreneurship is the New Hero

If you were to bing social entrepreneurship what would you find? The first result gives you a definition from Wikipedia “a social entrepreneur recognizes a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to achieve social change” while the second result is a PBS feature on social entrepreneurs called “The…