Microsoft Brings Smart Buildings to Seattle

By Dan Sytman, Senior Public Relations Manager, Citizenship & Public Affairs Microsoft Senior Director Bill Mitchel has a great post today about using Microsoft technology to reduce buildings’ carbon footprints while making those buildings cost less to operate. Bill, who works in Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector Division, helped organized an announcement by Microsoft Chief Environmental…


Technology keeps precious dollars focused on affordable home-building

Two days before Nancy Andrew’s official promotion from Deputy Director to Executive Director of Habitat Choptank, a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Maryland, the organization’s computer server crashed. “Despite the backups and redundancies built into our system, we faced the possibility that we had lost all of our data,” Andrew remembers. Habitat Choptank, which serves…


How does a nonprofit use technology to support global operations?

Since 1968, Concern Worldwide has been working with the poorest people in the poorest countries of the world to enable them to transform their lives. Today, Concern is one of the world’s largest humanitarian NGOs, with almost 4,000 staff working in nearly 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Central America. In keeping with its mission…


How technology can help local languages

Today there are nearly 7,000 languages spoken around the world and scientists estimate that three languages become extinct every month and over half of all languages are in danger of becoming extinct before the end of this century.  Just think of the knowledge and history that’s lost when a language dies. Today is UNESCO’s International…


Meet the Imagine Cup students turned social entrepreneurs

This week Dominik Tomicevic from Croatia, Jason Mitsuyuki Wakizaka from the United States, Francisco Perez from Ecuador, and Mohammad Lu’ay Alazzam from Jordan were playing with the very latest Microsoft technology – in this case our new Microsoft Surface – in Davos, the Swiss village that hosts the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. They were…


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…


TEDx: Harnessing disruptive change for good

Recently at TedXRainier at the University of Washington campus in Seattle, Akhtar Badshah gave a talk on how technology and the disruption that often comes from new technology can be channeled for good. You can watch Akhtar’s talk below.  


How technology is helping a teacher connect with visually impaired students

Originally posted on Microsoft News Center The scene in Robin Lowell’s high school algebra class mirrors classrooms across the country. The teacher is at the front of the room, patiently explaining tricky math concepts. Students frequently raise their hands and ask questions when they’re stuck. Two differences set this classroom apart: the students are visually…


Sunday Reading: STEMtember wraps up, on with learning!

As October begins, #STEMtember, our month long focus on promoting the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education has wrapped up. We had a busy month of STEM education announcements and events across Microsoft and hopefully we managed to encourage some students, parents, and teachers to consider the importance of STEM education both…


Heroes of #STEMtember: Atari, Math, and Trek dreams turning to reality with Kudo Tsunoda

Tara Grumm, online marketing manager, Microsoft Citizenship As part of our ongoing series this month on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers, we had the pleasure of sitting down with the Creative Director of Kinect for Xbox, Kudo Tsunoda (pictured left). Not only is Kudo a rock star in the gaming world, but we…

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