Microsoft Launches Global YouthSpark Initiative To Create Opportunities For 300 Million Young People

Today, Microsoft announced a new global initiative, Microsoft YouthSpark, that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries during the next three years. This companywide initiative includes citizenship and other company programs — both new and enhanced — that empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting…

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Microsoft Mentors Budding Tech Entrepreneurs At StartupWeekend Blacksburg

This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, the startups lead for Microsoft’s public sector developer and platform evangelism (DPE) group, based in Washington, DC. This post originally appeared in slightly different form on the official Bizspark blog. On Sept. 14-16th, my colleague Ed Donahue and I were mentors at StartupWeekend Blacksburg, hosted by Rackspace…

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There’s An App For That: How Delegates Nominated President Obama Using 56 PCs

When the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) needed an app that convention delegates could use to vote for their next Presidential nominee, Microsoft helped provide a solution. Partnering with San Diego-based InterKnowlogy, they designed, developed, and deployed an app that was used on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Center in Charlotte, NC to…

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The Most Popular Tweet Of The Republican Convention Was Sent By A Prominent Democrat Named Barack Obama

On the Web, cleverness often triumphs over brute force. And cleverness on the part of Barack Obama and his staff resulted in a bit of a tactical social media victory during the Republican National Convention, with a single tweet. Twitter has confirmed that President Barack Obama’s tweet that “This seat’s taken” was the most retweeted…

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Mobile Short Video Platform Tout Partners With Wall Street Journal On Political Convention Content

Launched in conjunction with the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, the mobile short video company Tout has announced a global partnership with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which is called WSJ Worldstream and is part of WSJ Live, their existing video initiative. WSJ Worldstream is being touted (pun intended) as “video…

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Skype Studios At The Republican National Convention

Just at the edge of Radio Row in the media section of the Republican National Convention sits one of the pop-up outposts of Skype Studios, which allows journalists and VIPs to leverage HD video to conduct interviews with media outlets based elsewhere. Microsoft’s Skype crew has been working tirelessly to ensure that people can connect…

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Time Magazine Partners With Foursquare To Help Republican Convention Attendees Find Each Other

Where are my friends? Where are the VIP’s? What’s the best party to attend tonight? Those are not uncommon questions when you’re at a huge event like the Republican National Convention. Tampa, FL, where it is being held, is a spread-out city, and events sponsored by myriad companies and organizations are being held miles from…

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CNN Helps Republican Convention Delegates Skype Those They Represent

Deep in the heart of Tampa, there is a CNN Grill. And deep inside the CNN Grill — a combination working news studio and restaurant for participants in the Republican National Convention — the 24-hour news network has deployed social media platforms to help different kinds of people connect. These social tools include a Tumblr…

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Microsoft’s Focus During The 2012 Election Cycle: Closing The Opportunity Divide For Youth

In the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, young people emerged as a force to be reckoned with. They canvassed neighborhoods, worked phone banks and, on Election Day itself, streamed to the polls in numbers eclipsed only by the 1972 election. But in 2012 it appears young people may be less engaged in the political process, even…

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Watch, Comment, Register To Vote: Microsoft Launches An Interactive Political Process On Xbox

In a world of increasingly interactive media formats, Microsoft has announced that, along with partners NBCNews.com, Rock the Vote, YouGov and Face the Facts USA, its Xbox group will deliver a first-of-its-kind way to interact with the 2012 election process, and make your voice heard. This new feature, “Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE,” will debut…

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