Microsoft Brings Its Perspective on Computer Science Education to World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014

By Karen Bergin, Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs This week, Microsoft is attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos to discuss, among other issues, the global youth unemployment crisis. Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs General Manager Lori Forte Harnick shares her thoughts on this worldwide problem in an op-ed on the Huffington Post, in…


A bright outlook on Romania’s development to become a digital society

Cross posted from the Microsoft Europe Skills and Education blog By: Sanda Foamete , Academic Program Manager, Microsoft Romania In July 2011, Romania’s first Digital Agenda conference highlighted the importance of getting every European citizen online and equipping them with the right digital skills. The conference identified key challenges to internet inclusion covering issues like…


The youth are leading change in Brazil

Last week I arrived in Sao Paulo for the first time in three years to find an amazing sense of optimism. President Lula’s government managed to lift a quarter of the country’s poor people out of poverty and the current government is expanding that program to reach the most vulnerable. The real magic in Brazil…

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Telecentre Women – Myrna’s Story

If you don’t believe that technology can empower people and change lives for the better then you haven’t heard Myrna’s story. I was in Santiago de Chile earlier this month attending the 3rd Global Forum on Telecentres.  The final day of the event started with an inspiring launch of the Telecentre Women Digital Literacy Campaign.  As…

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Tech Tech Baby: the faces of the future sure have changed…

The year was 1990, Vanilla Ice’s hit “Ice Ice Baby” was rocking the radio waves, and the combination of neon MC Hammer pants and a Bozworth Mullet made me feel like the coolest kid in the second grade. Growing up an only child raised by a single mother, after school programs occupied the hours between…


Empowering Youth through Partnerships

I had the pleasure of speaking at the International Youth Foundation’s Youth Leadership and Livelihoods conference in Washington, DC, today. I participated on a panel entitled “The Global Challenge – and Opportunity – of Youth Employment” with colleagues from public, private and civil sector organizations. The panel could not have been more appropriately named. As…


Back-to-school with centers of technology excellence

It’s back-to-school this month for nearly 56 million K-12 students in the U.S. Many will participate in afterschool programs that offer supervised activities for children of working parents or caregivers and providing developmental opportunities to urban and rural youth. Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a great example. Their Club Tech afterschool technology…

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Video: Preparing people for the jobs of today and tomorrow

Today I wanted to share with you our final Accelerator Summit video.  This session addresses skills training and workforce development, an area of significant focus for Microsoft around the world. The session, which was moderated by Pamela Passman, explores the impact of training and workforce development programs from the real world experience of a number…

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Welcome to the Unlimited Potential Blog

Microsoft Unlimited Potential (UP) was launched by Bill Gates in 2007 as a company-wide effort to bring together business and philanthropic approaches to make technology more relevant, accessible, and affordable; encouraging close collaboration among businesses, local governments, educational institutions, and community organizations. Today, this cross-company effort is represented by 18 Microsoft programs. While each program…

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Microsoft Elevate America Brings Essential Skills to 2 Million Americans

From 2009 through the end of 2011, Microsoft is responding to the economic crisis with Microsoft Elevate America. Through Microsoft Elevate America, the company is partnering with local governments, as well as public and private organizations, to help 2 million Americans improve their employability by enhancing their IT skills. Program Participant, Jesse Franco Chicago, Illinois…