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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Microsoft highlights its corporate citizenship and positive role in the economy in a pair of Washington, DC events

Two events held last week in the Washington, DC region highlighted Microsoft’s strong track record with empowering youth and strengthening the economy.   YouthSpark Connection Breakfast At Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center on K St. in downtown DC, YouthSpark Connection Breakfast keynote speakers Fred Humphries, Microsoft VP of US Government Affairs, and the District of…

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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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Back To School: Microsoft And Tampa Schools Launch Digital Education Initiative

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Tampa, FL for “Back to School with Microsoft,” a fun, educational, and successful event that trained more than 500 local educators in a wide variety of technology skills useful in their classrooms. This is part of Microsoft’s nationwide effort to modernize in-classroom teaching with Microsoft technologies,…

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Microsoft Launches $15/Month GeoIntel Platform For Social Impact Storytelling On Interactive Maps

Large nonprofit organizations and multinational corporations have one major problem in common: While they have many initiatives for social impact affecting local communities, it has traditionally been difficult to visualize the efforts within a coherent framework for storytelling. Today, Microsoft has partially solved this problem by launching the Local Impact Map, a cloud-based application designed…

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True Blood Star Janina Gavankar On Being A Geek Girl In Hollywood

You may recognize actress Janina Gavankar from her role on the popular HBO series True Blood. But she’s also recognizable for her activities online, using Twitter and other social media and apps to interact with her friends and fans and promote her professional activities. She also attends events you might not expect to see her…

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Microsoft's Geek 2 Chic: LA Makes Silicon Beach The Center Of the Geeky Fundraiser Universe

On Thursday, May 10th, Microsoft and Bloomingdale’s brought their popular “Geek 2 Chic” charity fashion show series to the west coast’s Silicon Beach. A mix of local entrepreneurs and tech-savvy professionals served as models, and between ticket sales and 10% of Bloomingdale’s purchases, thousands of dollars were raised for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or…

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Microsoft Announces Charity Fashion Show Geek 2 Chic: LA Benefiting The Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship

Today, I’m in southern California preparing for the latest installment of Microsoft Public Sector’s charity fashion show in partnership with Bloomingdale’s called “Geek 2 Chic.” This event is Geek 2 Chic: Los Angeles and its happening on May 10th at Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica. I am the executive producer of this event series, which is a…

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Shape The Future: Microsoft Announces Three-Year Program To Bridge The Digital Divide At Clinton Global Initiative

Guest post by Dan MacFetridge, director of Microsoft’s Shape the Future program. Learn more on the Shape the Future page on Facebook. Connecting children to the Internet and all the resources it provides is one of America’s greatest challenges. Currently, the U.S. is ranked 18th in the world in Internet access to a home user…

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Recessionpreneur: Why Socially Conscious Startups From Generation Y Are Changing The Entrepreneurial Landscape

Guest post by Andrea Genevieve Michnik the founder of BrandKit, a personal branding and career consulting agency for young professionals. She lives in Austin, TX by way of Washington, DC, where she worked for The George Washington University. You can follow her on Twitter at @AndreaGenevieve. It’s a common misconception that Gen Y is full…

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