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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The 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute knocks down educational obstacles

Microsoft Silicon Valley loves a good challenge, and we love to create opportunities for empowering youth. That’s why we helped bring Hispanic Youth Institute to Silicon Valley three years ago. HYI guides Hispanic students to realize their dreams of higher education and career success, particularly in critical STEM professions. Earlier this month, 120 high school…

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Recap of the social media for non-profits event at Microsoft Silicon Valley

If social media has done one thing, it’s given individuals and organizations of all sizes an equal playing field to voice and amplify their opinion, cause, or brand message to anyone who is willing to listen. Non-profits in particular have been taking advantage of social media outlets to share messaging, inspire volunteers, and raise funds….

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Summer Resources in Silicon Valley for Teens

With summer in full swing and school still months away, there are plenty of activities to keep teens active and productive over the summer. Ongoing learning is important for teens, and it can be difficult for parents to keep students engaged while school is out. Luckily, there are several organizations in Silicon Valley with the…

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Microsoft’s Sid Espinosa Honored, a “New Standard in Excellence”

We have reason to celebrate! Microsoft Silicon Valley’s Corporate Citizenship Director Sid Espinosa was recently honored by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HARC) with its annual Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers Award at a ceremony in Chicago, followed by two days of intense workshops and sessions centered on Hispanic conclusion. In light of the fact…

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United Way Honors Microsoft for Measurable Community Impact

Recently, United Way honored Microsoft with the 2011 Summit Award to recognize the company and its employees for making a real and measurable community impact. Our Microsoft Silicon Valley campus has also been a major champion of our local United Way of Silicon Valley. In 2011, our Silicon Valley campus employees donated an all-time high…

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