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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What unique teenage social media use means for nonprofit and education campaigns

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of a New York-based nonprofit called DoSomething.org, which was enlightening. If you’re unfamiliar, DoSomething.org is the largest organization that rallies and organizes teens and engages them in social causes. They often work with large companies like Staples and Foot Locker to carry out meaningful…

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Microsoft Disaster Response App "HelpBridge" Launches for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

“I need help.” “I want to know whether my friends and family are OK.” “I want to help.” Those tend to be the three main reactions after natural disasters strike, said Tony Surma, chief technology officer for Microsoft’s Disaster Response team. HelpBridge, a free new mobile app from Microsoft, aims to support those primary needs….

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Online Education Startup Minerva Launches Non-profit to Reimagine 21st-Century Research Universities

The Minerva Project, an education startup self-described as “the first elite American university launched in a century,” has $25 million in venture funding and advisors including former Harvard president Larry Summers. From their website: Minerva is assembling an exceptional team dedicated to providing a uniquely rigorous and challenging education to the brightest students in the…

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The Most Enlightening Five Articles, Three Quotes, and One Photo About the Late Digital Activist Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, a digital activist described as a wizardly computer programmer and prodigy by friends and colleagues, committed suicide recently; here is his well-written New York Times obituary. Much has been written about him, his career, his struggles with depression, and his tangles with the law in his quest for “freedom,” in numerous senses of…

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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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Random Hacks Of Kindness 6 Creates Solutions For Humanity's Challenges

This is a guest post by Patrick Svenburg, a director of public sector development and platform evangelism at Microsoft.  Random Hacks of Kindness, or RHoK, is a joint Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, HP, NASA, and World Bank initiative that teams subject-matter experts on global challenges with technical expert volunteers for a 48-hour hackathon. This weekend, June…

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Homefront Heroes Takes Compelling Wounded Warrior Stories To The GI Film Festival

For those not directly connected with an active-duty military person or a veteran, you often only hear their stories vaguely, or in passing. Now, two very different people have created Homefront Heroes to deliver veterans’ stories to you in a very compelling, human way. Mike Allen, a Microsoft executive in their public sector division, and…

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MakeYourJob.org Is An Interactive Online Community Helping Teens Launch Startups

  The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people from low-income communities to stay in school and recognize business opportunities, just launched MakeYourJob.org, an new interactive web community that gives teens the tools and knowledge needed  to help turn their interests and hobbies into real businesses. This…

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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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