Launching the commercial Secondary PC pilot in the Czech Republic

Today’s activities in Prague were focused on the launch of the commercial Secondary PC pilot in the Czech Republic. We spent some time with our partner Boxed Ltd. who, through the Community MAR Program, has been helping us deliver refurbished, branded computers loaded with Microsoft software to NGOs and educational institutions. The commercial pilot means…

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On the midnight train to Nizhniy Novgorod

After an exciting trip on an overnight night train we’ve landed in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. We spent most of today in the community around the Gorky Automobile Plant (GAZ) where Microsoft is working with NGO Free Deed to provide students with PCs loaded with affordable Windows, Office and educational tools designed to develop essential learning…

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A visit to Cafemax

The highlight of our first day on tour in Central and Eastern Europe was a visit to Cafemax iCafes in Moscow. I’ve seen many iCafes but this one struck me as leading edge. Why? Variety. The Cafemax chain understands what their customers want and they know how to maximize their opportunities. They cater to a…

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Mission Moscow

All eyes are on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) this week as Michael Rawding and a handful of his Unlimited Potential team members tour the region. We’re heading out this morning to check in on Moscow-based iCafe partner Cafémax and will also catch up with the Russian Imagine Cup teams later today. It’s been a…

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Continuing Our Commitment – Pamela Passman

I’m in New York today, and it’s been a really busy week here on the global development front —  with Bill Gates and other leaders addressing a UN special session on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convening leaders across government, industry, and civil society to chart plans to address…

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Travel Diary: India- Michael Rawding

Recently, I spent a little under a week traveling throughout India, visiting some of Unlimited Potential’s programs and partners that are working to bring increased social and economic opportunity to the region through the benefits of technology.   It’s an exciting time to be in India.  The economic success of the nation in the recent past,…

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Connecting citizens with government in Indonesia – Team Antarmuka

The following guest post comes from Antarmuka, a team of finalists for the Imagine Cup Rural Innovation Award from Indonesia. Antarmuka developed a reporting system, Butterfly, which allows users to immediately report environmental problems that they discover via voice, SMS, MMS or alternatively, mobile or web applications. After problems have been reported, Butterfly will classify…

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The Human Impact on Innovation-Kentaro Toyama, Assistant Managing Director, Microsoft Research India

I do research in an area called ICT4D, short for “information and communication technology for development” – the goal of which is to invent technologies that support socio-economic development of poor communities worldwide (http://research.microsoft.com/research/tem). But, the more I understand ICT4D, the more ICT4D disappears. I’ve come to realize that while technology is important, it’s nothing…

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Improving Rural Mass Transit Information in South Africa – Team Smile

The following guest post comes from Team Smile, a team of finalists for the Imagine Cup Rural Innovation Award from South Africa. Team Smile developed WhereIsMyShuttle?, which uses GPS/GPRS tracking devices fitted to buses to provide daily schedules of bus activities via SMS.  The system also provides an automated notification service to alert riders of abnormal…

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