Unforgettable Moments at We Day Seattle & We Day California!

By Karen Bergin, director, Citizenship and Public Affairs Over the last week, Microsoft participated in two days of inspiring events in two cities – We Day Seattle and We Day California. Through their community service, more than 30,000 talented youth earned their way to We Day Seattle on March 21, and We Day California on…


Teachers Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators – Today!

By Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs More than a thousand global education innovators are in Barcelona this week for the Microsoft in Education Global Forum. As I listen to the many conversations among teachers unfold, I’m inspired – but certainly not surprised – by their passion to make a real difference in…


Microsoft YouthSpark Sponsors New ‘Boot Camp’ for Imagine Cup Winner

By Kari Sherrodd, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs Today Microsoft is announcing new prizes and opportunities available through the annual Imagine Cup competition. The top team from each category – Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship – will win not only prize money, but also a life-changing experience that will give students the chance to…


Another Year of Innovation – Imagine Cup Grant Winners Announced

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Community Affairs Australian Imagine Cup grant winners Team Confufish (from left to right) Kenneth Wong, Matt Moss, Brad Lorge, and Nick Darvey Today we are announcing the 2013 Imagine Cup Grants winners – a part of Imagine Cup, a Microsoft YouthSpark program. I’ve been very proud to be involved in the Imagine…


Technology Skills Helping Youth Make the World a Better Place

Editor’s Note: Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. The continuing acceleration of technology and innovation creates incredible opportunities but it also challenges us to keep up by getting the right skills, education and experiences in order to be prepared for these new jobs and opportunities. Many young people are struggling because they…


Students are creating opportunities for all of us

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft At just 26 years old, Wilson To has a plan to defeat malaria. And he’ll do it with a Windows Phone. It’s an unlikely device for such a feat but it can be done. A student at University of California Davis, To is the team…


Microsoft Imagine Cup and Kodu Cup winners go to the White House

Earlier today, three outstanding students, David Hayden, Hannah Wyman, and Jacen Sherman – winners of the Microsoft Imagine Cup and Kodu Cup student competitions – participated in the second annual White House Science Fair, hosted by President Barack Obama. David, Hannah and Jacen were among only 100 students selected to attend the event, which celebrated…


Microsoft Vision Center in Davos

This week the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 is taking place in Davos, Switzerland. The event attracts government, business, academic and nonprofit leaders from around the world who come together to learn, share ideas and engage in debates on the pressing economic and social issues facing countries around the world. This year, we are…


Announcing the Imagine Cup social entrepreneurs short list

Today we’re announcing the 15 teams that have made the shortlist for the inaugural Imagine Cup grants program. The program, which is a three-year, $3 million competitive grant program, aims to help Imagine Cup participants take their projects to market as the next step in solving the world’s toughest problems. This initiative builds on the…


Supporting social innovation that addresses the world’s toughest problems

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Every year at the Imagine Cup, over 300,000 students from around the world come together to solve some of the world’s toughest problems using technology. The array of issues being addressed at the Imagine Cup each year is incredible, from helping students with visual impairments,…