Spot some good? #Goodspotting tells the world

Research has shown that selfless giving by one person can influence many other people to pay it forward, and that’s the simple inspiration behind #Goodspotting. Is your family donating toys to a shelter? Are you and your colleagues sponsoring a family this holiday season? Did your neighbor help another hang his lights? Snap photos of…

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2013 Microsoft Imagine Cup: All Dreams Welcome

Since 2002, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup has served as the springboard for innovative ideas in technology.  The Imagine Cup has engaged thousands of U.S. college and high school students to generate and nurture their entrepreneurship and technology prowess.   Recent competitions have focused on technology ideas that help solve the world’s toughest problems. Now in the event’s…

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It’s Giving Tuesday. What’s on your community’s wish list?

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — they help us score deals on the holiday gifts we give one another, but at Microsoft Silicon Valley, we’re just as excited about what happens today. It’s GivingTuesday, a day when – as families, businesses and individuals – we’re encouraged to turn our focus from what…

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Students Learn Math Using New and Innovative Methods with TheatreWorks

On Monday morning, children from four kindergarten classes at Fairmeadow Elementary School in Palo Alto gathered in front of friends, family, and teachers to debut “Playing with Math” – a collaborative, interactive learning experience pioneered by TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley with seed funding from Microsoft Silicon Valley. “Playing with Math” is a 10-day residency program that…

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Casting an Educated Vote

Below is a contributed piece from Sid Espinosa, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft Silicon Valley, which appeared in the October issue of LATINO Magazine.Click the image above for a downloadable copy and select ‘download’ in the top right corner. Latinos hold unprecedented political power in this year’s U.S. elections. Experts forecast that more than…

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Photo Tour: Canopy and Microsoft Plant 110 Trees for 500 Students in East Palo Alto

On October 6, more than 500 volunteers of all ages joined Canopy and Microsoft at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto to plant 110 trees. The newly-planted shade and fruit trees will provide over 500 students at Brentwood Academy with a welcoming learning environment. Trees don’t simply provide shade and aesthetics – they also help…

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MSV gets active with the 2012 Trailblazer Race

On September 30, Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus was the proud sponsor and host of The Friends of Stevens Creek Trailblazer Race for the 10th straight year. The 2012 race was exceptionally rewarding for us because we found even more ways to actively give. Volunteer coordinator Dan Costello and his team more than tripled Microsoft employee…

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Back to school: Microsoft stands up for education

As we watch our Bay Area kids head back to school this fall, we are reminded of how important it is for all of us to support local teachers, students and schools – especially those most in need. So far this year, Microsoft Silicon Valley (MSV) has donated more than $3 million in software and…

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Local teacher Gregg Witkin sparks social change

At Microsoft Silicon Valley we talk a lot about an “opportunity divide” when discussing our corporate citizenship efforts. The issue is simple – there are jobs in Silicon Valley, and there are people to fill them, but there’s a disconnect between the opportunities available and the skill sets of would-be workers. Our goal, and the…

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SVLG Education Leaders Summit: Closing the opportunity gap

According to a survey released by employment services firm ManpowerGroup, Silicon Valley is on track with the majority of the U.S. to increase hiring this Fall. Yet a problem remains. While there are jobs to fill, there is a lack of qualified talent with the skillsets to fill those jobs. Silicon Valley companies that need…

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