Travel Diary: Latin America and China—Orlando Ayala

One of the most rewarding parts of my work with Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group is the ability to travel around the world and witness firsthand the progress we continue to make towards connecting the next five billion people with the benefits of technology.  Seeing the positive impact that we and our global network of public…

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Africa: Kenya and Nigeria—Michael Rawding

After the Connect Africa Summit concluded in Rwanda, I was able to continue my African travels in Kenya and Nigeria.  It was a great chance to see more of the region and visit some programs and businesses that are starting to enjoy new social and economic growth as a result of technology access.    It…

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Connect Africa, Kigali, Rwanda: Michael Rawding

Last week, I had the unique opportunity to attend the Connect Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.  The summit was organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the African Union, the World Bank Group and UN GAID, in partnership with the African Development Bank, the African Telecommunication Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa.  It…

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St. Sophia Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece- Will Poole

Last Friday, I had the privilege to attend a very special event at St. Sophia Children’s Hospital in Athens, Greece.  Along with Microsoft Greece, Intel, and the Greek Ministry of Education, we donated ten Classmate PCs to the hospital. These Classmate PCs are for the first time fully localized in Greek, and are high-quality and…

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Unlimited Potential in Central and Eastern Europe- Will Poole

It’s been almost exactly six months since I helped introduce the expansion of Unlimited Potential in Beijing, China last April.  There’s been a lot of amazing progress since then towards our goal to bring the benefits of technology to the five billion people who are currently underserved.  Yet we’ve still just begun the journey.  Orlando…

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The Economic Impact of IT, Software, and the Microsoft Ecosystem on the Global Economy – Pamela Passman

At Microsoft, we have always believed strongly in the transformational power of technology—the far-reaching benefits of computing have long had a substantial impact on education, global innovation, and job and economic growth.  And today, technology is transforming almost every aspect of our society, acting as an increasingly crucial factor in economic, social, and technological progress,…

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My Visit to Imagine Cup 2007- S. Somasegar

For me, one of the most exciting things about working with students is seeing their passion and absolute belief that one person can, in fact, change the world.  At Microsoft, we want to do whatever we can to encourage that optimism, and to help students use their technical skills in ways that can help make…

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Partnerships and Education – Vasanti Neelakantan, Brilliant Tutorials

While India is progressing in leaps and bounds in cyberspace, on the ground, the realities of a third-world country are immediately evident.  Outside the major metropolitan areas, basic infrastructure such as roads, water and schools leave a lot to be desired.  At Brilliant, our vision of education is to empower students by providing them with…

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Partnerships and Education: K. Ganesh, TutorVista

Education has been the last of places where technology is used. There have been early adopters for technology in the travel and hospitality industries, banking, etc., but it has never seemed to make inroads into daily education for some reason. It can act as an enabler for connecting the “last lagging” student to an “A”…

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Transforming Education in India – Orlando Ayala

I am pleased to be joining you again from the road—this week, I am in India to support our ongoing efforts to extend the power of technology to the world’s underserved populations.  India’s uneven economic and social balance, with over 98% of the population living at the middle and base of the economic pyramid, represents…

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