New European partnerships aim to tackle youth unemployment

Earlier today as part of our global YouthSpark initiative we held an event in Brussels with representatives from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to discuss the challenges facing young people in Europe. Around the world the prolonged economic downturn has disproportionately affected youth and it’s no different in Europe. The unemployment rate for 15-24…


Collaboration, Persistence and Community: Our take on the essence of Innovation

Editor’s note: Recently we help an Innovate4Good@Microsoft event in Brussels, you can read a report from the event here.  Michalis Tolkas and Jasmer Dhingra both attended the event and we thought it would be interesting to get their perspective on the event and how young people can connect and innovate for the good of society….


European students helping nonprofits with technology

Sylvie Laffarge, Director Community Affairs Europe at Microsoft. Last December we announced the Tech Talent 4 Good pilot program, which offered European IT students an internship with a nonprofit, charitable organization in Europe and following a competitive selection process, ten internships were awarded. This pilot is a natural extension of the work Microsoft has been…


Employee volunteering program protects children online in Belgium

  Laurence Verriest, Community Affairs Lead, Microsoft Belgium. Child Focus is a Belgian NGO that has been working tirelessly to protect children online for many years. Microsoft has collaborated with Child Focus for the last four years and has been training children and teachers in schools around Belgium on internet safety. As one of the…


Preparing Today’s Students for the Jobs of Tomorrow

Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft Education Note: Cross posted from the Microsoft on the Issues blog. This week, people from around the world will gather at two education events in London – the Education World Forum (EWF) and the BETT trade show – to discuss how technology can help improve the state of education…


How PowerPoint is helping to protect motorcyclists in London

Typically, helmets, riding suits, gloves and goggles that are the best way to keep motorcyclists safe on the road. It’s time to add PowerPoint to the list. Motorcycle-related accident statistics are sobering. Motorcycles represent 4% of the United Kingdom’s road trips, yet make up a staggering estimated 40% of traffic casualties. In West London, the…


Technology to help giving

Like our colleagues in other countries the work we do in local communities is very important to us and as we move closer to Christmas it’s great to be able to tell you about something that Microsoft UK is doing to help the vulnerable and underprivileged children in our communities this festive season. For ten…


‘Tech Talent 4 Good’ brings students and nonprofits together

Wouldn’t it be amazing to combine a passion for technology with a unique opportunity to do something worthwhile for a charitable organization? This week we are celebrating the launch of the “Tech Talent 4 Good”  initiative in Europe that aims to accomplish just that. For many years at Microsoft, we have been deeply committed to…