Microsoft’s Geek 2 Chic charity fashion show with Bloomingdale’s coming to San Francisco on May 15th!

Today I am pleased to announce that the charity fashion show series Geek 2 Chic that I produce for Microsoft in partnership with Bloomingdale’s is coming to San Francisco. Geek 2 Chic: SF will take place from 6-9pm on Wednesday, May 15, on the second level of Bloomingdale’s Westfield San Francisco Centre. More details including…

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The Rise of Citizen Developers and the Reshaping of Social Good

  This is a guest post by Joel Reyes, a Microsoft Technology Evangelist working with Public Sector focused on Windows Phone and Windows 8. In his career working as a developer, project manager, people manager, consulting, and evangelism, Joel has seen first-hand the impact of software in the life of corporations and individuals alike. His…

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A Microsoft approach to thinking about lean government

In entrepreneurship, the idea of a “lean startup” has caught on like a firestorm. Inspired by Eric Ries’ book of the same name, lessons about doing more with less and launching “minimum viable products” are being consumed by founders in Silicon Valley and around the world. Now these lean principles have entered pop culture to…

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Technology and Tragedy at the Boston Marathon

On 9/11, I was a grad student at UC-Irvine in California. I found out about the terrorist attacks from a professor on the elevator on the way up to my laboratory. I hadn’t watched TV that morning before heading to school. And remember, I was on the west coast, so at that time I was…

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Four Fundamental Ways To Think About Social Media

What do you say to a group of Georgetown masters’ students studying the future of communications and media? That’s what I had to figure out last week when I spoke at the Gnovis Digital Cultures conference last week (Gnovis is their journal). Frankly, I never know what to say in such talks when you’re given…

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Where are all the tech people on Washington Life magazine’s Young and the Guest List?

Mayor Vincent Gray was there. So was Rep. Darrell Issa. And entrepreneur and investor Steve Case. No, not some event in Washington, DC, but rather the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas this past week, talking about all things DC and startup. There’s a lot of talk about a new wave of small tech startups…

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Code.org Uses Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Many More to Encourage More Coding by Kids

Code.org has a great new video out about creativity, collaboration, and education, specifically about coding — what it is, how it works, and why it’s important and exciting. [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1xS07N-FA&feature=player_embedded] The video’s language and feel is “adult,” yet simple enough for, say, middle schoolers to understand and possibly get excited about. Appearances by Bill Gates, Mark…

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Microsoft scientist predicts Oscar winners using big data

Last year, David Rothschild of Microsoft Research New York City used a versatile, data-driven model to predict correctly the results of the U.S. presidential election in 50 of 51 jurisdictions—the nation’s 50 states and the District of Columbia. Now, as the next effort in his quest to make use of big data to reinvent how…

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