Kicking Off Innovate for Good in D.C.

Innovate for Good Attendees from Hampton Universities Young Diplomats Program. Young people today are making a difference all around the world – and through Microsoft YouthSpark, we are committed to helping them realize their potential. Last month, we brought together 90 aspiring changemakers to attend the first Innovate for Good weekend of 2013 in our…


YouthSpark in action: Adrian Ordoñez Tostega

By Megan West, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Adrian Ordoñez Tostega spent the past few months in the Seattle area volunteering with a local nonprofit focused on helping immigrant families learn relevant technology skills to improve their employability. Adrian, who hails from Mexico, is a member of the Innovate for Good program and we had…


Celebrating International Youth Day

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Microsoft Corporate Citizenship Since 1999, the United Nations has been celebrating International Youth Day, taking a moment each year to focus the world’s attention on one of the most important segments of the population. Celebrated on August 12, this year’s International Youth Day theme is focused on “Building a Better…


Girls supporting girls in technology

Editor’s Note: Recently, the Microsoft Citizenship team had the opportunity to participate in the Millennial Impact Conference, joining the Case Foundation for a chat along with two youth beneficiaries of Microsoft programs entitled, “Creating International Opportunities for Action”. One of the youth participants in the chat, Genevieve L’Esperance, a participant in a number of Microsoft…


Millennials chat about their generation’s impact

By Yvonne Thomas, Senior Manager, Global Programs, Microsoft Corporate Citizenship & Public Affairs Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in The Millennial Impact Conference (MCON12), a virtual conference designed specifically to help leaders engage the Millennial generation. Sponsored by the Case Foundation, speakers and chats throughout the day covered a variety of topics…


Youth innovating for good in China

By Crossing Wang, Community Affairs Manager and Sze-Yunn Pang, Citizenship Manager What happens when you have 130 smart, energetic, and committed young people together for a day and a half? In Beijing recently we had a heady mix of enthusiasm, networking, great conversations and some fantastic ideas on how to have a positive impact on…


Innovate4Good@Microsoft – Dreaming it, Learning it, and Living it

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft Over the last month our team at Microsoft has undertaken four Innovate4Good@Microsoft events, each of which had more than 100 youth leaders and change-makers participating. We started in Seattle and then moved to Cairo, Singapore and Brussels. The energy in the room for each…


The Journey Continues – from Seattle to Cairo with Innovate4Good@Microsoft

Editor’s note: This is Akhtar’s second post from Egypt, you can read his first post “The butterfly effect – everyone was a hero in Cairo” here. By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft. Sherine Soliman Ibrahim is a slightly built woman and a powerhouse. She was the first woman who stood for…


The Butterfly effect – everyone was a hero in Cairo

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft I landed in Cairo earlier today a few hours ago expecting to see significant changes. In many ways everything has changed yet on the drive from the airport to the hotel in Zamalek to across the Nile, Cairo is still the same. The wonderful energy,…


Personal highlights from Innovate4Good Seattle

By Rodrigo J. Santos   Editor’s note: We’re delighted to share an independent perspective of the Innovate4Good@Microsoft event that took place in Seattle at the weekend. It comes from Rodrigo Santos who is one of the young leaders who attended the event. This was originally posted in the Innovate4Good online community and Rodrigo kindly agreed…