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…


Extending our commitment to help U.S. Veterans find employment

Returning U.S. veterans face major challenges finding civilian employment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics October unemployment report showed that the unemployment rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans was 12.1 percent compared with 8.4 percent for nonveterans. A year ago we announced a program aimed at addressing that issue, the Elevate America Veterans initiative. It’s…


Stories from the front lines: Elevate America veterans

Memorial Day in the United States is a time when we honor and remember the men and women who have bravely served in the U.S. armed forces.  We thought it would be appropriate to share a few stories about how some U.S. veterans and their families are making the transition from military to civilian life….

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Here’s a snapshot of the United States from Microsoft Elevate America

  When Kelly Edwards lost her job as a technical writer, she knew she needed to update her computer skills to find another job in today’s competitive workforce. She found out about Microsoft Elevate America and signed up for free online training in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. In just three months, she achieved her…


“Tvoy Kurs” Gives the People What They Want!

Guest post by Melissa Pailthorp, Senior Manager Community Affairs, Central and Eastern Europe Tvoy Kurs (“Your Course”) celebrated its first year in Moscow last week, convening project coordinators from the  140+ centers in 82 cities across all of Russia’s 20 regions to discuss progress and share learning.  Above are just three recent examples of the…


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…


New Grass on Old Turf

Vikas Goswami, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Microsoft India “Helping people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential” is not just a tag line at Microsoft; it is our way of life, work and fun. For the last five years it has been incorporated into my DNA. I see opportunities nay seek opportunities…


The Magic of Mouse Mischief in Haiti

Cynthia Bogard, Edeyo Foundation How long does it take kids who have never seen a computer before to “get” how to manipulate a mouse to make it click on an answer or choose a color and draw a circle? About 15 minutes, if our students in Haiti are any indication.   Students at Edeyo School…


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…


Building Haiti Back Better

Kristin Peterson, Inveneo CEO and Co-Founder The Haitian education system had its challenges before the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Eighty percent of schools were private. Both public and private schools were under-resourced in basic infrastructure – from classrooms to teachers – and had little, if any, access to information and communication technologies (ICT). “It wasn’t…

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