Global Give Back Circle featured at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

This week the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting is taking place in New York. The CGI website describes this event as a meeting that “brings together a diverse group of the world’s most distinguished leaders from government, business, and civil society to examine today’s most pressing global challenges and transform that awareness into tangible…

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UNESCO & Microsoft join forces to promote greater access and use of ICT for higher education enhancement

Last week in Paris close to 100 ministers of education, senior education officials and policy advisors attended the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) followed by the Microsoft Education Leaders Forum. The WCHE is focusing on critical issues around reduced funding for education globally as a result of the economic crisis and the need…

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First Place Imagine Cup Design for Development Award goes to COSMIC!

This just in from Cairo…a big congratulations to team COSMIC from Universiti Sains Malaysia!       At tonight’s Imagine Cup closing ceremony staged in front of the Pyramids, Jasy Liew Suet Yan, Loo Wan Koe, Mathew Phiong Yoon Kheong, Ooi Keng Siang were awarded the 1st place Unlimited Potential Design for Development Achievement Award for their project…

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Imagine Cup Design for Development Award – Tonight’s the Night!

The Imagine Cup finalists for the Unlimited Potential Design for Development Award competed in Cairo yesterday. Early feedback suggests that the judges were deeply impressed by all of the creative thinking and passion that went in to the projects, designed to help solve one of the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Below you will find…

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Capturing the Interest of Students and Motivating Them to Succeed

For many years before I joined Microsoft I taught in secondary schools in the UK. One of the most important initiatives I became involved in was to increase the relevance of education to capture the interest of our students and ultimately motivate them to succeed.  I am happy to say that this challenge continues on…

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VOTE! Imagine Cup People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award website for this year’s Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Cairo is up and running! To make it easy for you to vote, we have published videos from all of our software design finalists online.  Every single student who entered the competition focused on how they could use technology to solve some of…

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Design for Development Finalists Announced!

Only two weeks to go until the Imagine Cup 2009 Worldwide Finals in Cairo, Egypt! Our judges have narrowed the field of entrants for the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Design for Development Award and selected five finalist teams.   I would like to thank each of the teams that submitted an entry for the Design for Development Award…

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Imagine Cup Students Travel to Redmond

Last week, students participating in the Imagine Cup traveled to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to meet with various Microsoft teams as they prepare for the 2009 Worldwide Finals in Cairo, Egypt. Team SKAN from India and Team MultiPoint WEB from the U.S. used the opportunity to network with developers and programmers at the company.    …

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How do people engage with PCs for the first time?

Given that most of us have encountered PCs from the time we were in school or college, it may be difficult to think of what it was like to discover the PC for the first time! But most adults in countries like India are new to PCs, and usually view it as a rather intimidating device.  …

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How to reach rural, non-electrified classrooms

The Unlimited Potential Group in the Middle East & Africa has been hard at work for more than 6 months to introduce ICT for the first time to a rural school in the village of Ha-Tumo, 30 kilometers outside Lesotho’s capital city, Maseru.   Working with the Lesotho Ministry of Education & Training and technology…

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