DigiGirlz Inspires Young Women to Explore STEM Careers

By Akhtar Badshah, senior director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Careers in technology are a hot topic of discussion these days, and for good reason. According to Code.org, computer science is a top paying college degree and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average. Outside the United States, the tech sector is also…


Drinking from the fire hose – Reflections on the Social Innovation Summit 12

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft A party among some close friends and colleagues on a beautiful sunny day in New York is always fun, especially if you’re on the 87th floor with some breathtaking views and surrounded by original art from Picasso, Chagall, Miro and Liechtenstein. This is what Zeev…


Giving through football, karaoke and a 24 hour marathon

We’re into the last week of the Microsoft 2011 employee giving campaign. It has been a very busy month so far, and this week is turning into pure madness, in a good way. Earlier today Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks came to our Redmond campus to talk about A Better Seattle….


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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Working with corporate alumni for greater community impact

Like many companies, Microsoft is proud of the close and productive relationship we have with our alumni and the opportunities we have to work together.  This is particularly true when it comes to our local community here in Washington State where we have a large number of employees and a large alumni community.  Both groups…

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Provide our youth with skills and the opportunities will follow

Patna in Bihar, India is a place where you run into development experts from around the world from the World Bank to the Asian Development Bank, UK Department for International Development, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The challenges and opportunities in Bihar are what draw all of these developments experts to Patna.  Bihar…

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Boys and Girls Club Center of Excellence Opening in Denver

Given the lighting speed with which we are able to consume information today through a multitude of devices, most people believe that access to information is not an issue.  Yet seven million youth in the United States alone are in the dark, with no access to a computer or a mobile phone, seven million who…

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Expanding Microsoft software donations to more nonprofits

Today we are making a number of updates to our global software donations program designed to give more nonprofit organizations access to the technology they need, when they need it.  We’re currently reaching more than 40,000 organizations around the world each year – translating into over $3.9 billion of donated software since 1998 – but…

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How we can help students’ social innovation have real world impact?

Yesterday in New York student teams from over 70 countries celebrated the winners of the 2011 Imagine Cup – a competition that challenges students to use technology to solve the world’s toughest problems. This is the ninth year of the Imagine Cup and the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of these students is just incredible -…

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