Tech4Good : September 2013 – Closing the Opportunity Divide

In This Issue…
Today’s young people face an opportunity divide — a gap between those who have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful and those who do not. Countries are struggling to develop modern workforces due to the growing gap between the skills of unemployed workers and the skills needed to perform the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Knowing technology can be a positive catalyst for change, Microsoft created YouthSpark — a companywide initiative — to help create opportunities for hundreds of millions of youth around the world. In this edition of Tech4Good, we showcase the ways in which technology is helping nonprofits and youth with educational, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Technology is enabling the delivery of education and new experiences to students around the world. It is providing those who previously had no access to information and resources with new learning opportunities.

Microsoft Indonesia Cooperates with YCAB to provide affordable non-formal education for underprivileged children

 Skype Enables Unique Learning Experiences beyond the Classrooms: Sri Lanka

 First NetHope Academy Class Graduates in Rwanda

 TED talk by Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Computer skills are essential for economic participation in the 21st- century workforce, and play a critical role in addressing the issue of youth unemployment.

Tech to Address Youth Unemployment

Bridging the Digital Divide for Underprivileged Youth

‘Youth Solutions!’ Empowers Youth-led NGOs in South Asia

Microsoft Thailand Unveils ‘Microsoft YouthSpark Program’

Online Training to Provide Opportunities for Migrants and Refugees in Australia

Educators, nonprofit leaders and the private sector are working together to help youth harness technology to innovate and build entrepreneurial products and businesses.

YouthSpark Spotlight: Social Entrepreneurship and Changing Mindsets

Microsoft Taiwan Empowers Female Students in Entrepreneurial Pursuits

Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014

Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals (World Citizenship Category): For a Better World

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Microsoft Tech4Good Events

NGO Cloud Day
Date: 1 Oct 2013
Location: Seoul, Korea
Contact: Jin Hee Bae

Social Media for Social Good Workshops
Date: 19 & 21 Nov 2013
Location: Auckland & Wellington, New Zealand
Contact: Belinda Gorman

Connecting Communities
Date: 27 Nov 2013
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Contact: Brian McLaughlin

Social Media for Social Good Workshop
Date: 28 Nov 2013
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Contact: Brian McLaughlin

Webinar Series

Office 365 for Nonprofits
Date: 3 Oct 2013
Time: 12pm SGT

What Nonprofit Executive Staff Need to Know About Social Media
Date: End-Nov 2013
Time: Please refer to the October newsletter for details
Contact: Gillian Pearl

For more information contact Microsoft's Corporate Citizenship team.
Do you know about a technology-focused event in your area that would benefit your nonprofit peers? Let us know by emailing 


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