Established by the Governor of Riyadh, the Prince Salman Science Oasis (PSSO) is a nonprofit, interactive center that nurtures innovation, creativity, and interest in scientific advancement among Saudi youth.
Microsoft partnered with PSSO to conduct a training for young people between the ages of 12 and 17 in information technology skills to prepare them for careers in technology. Held over four weeks, the program trained 110 teenagers in the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum and Microsoft Expression Web software.
In the final week of the program, five Microsoft employee volunteers helped students prepare and present group e-learning projects. Microsoft awarded Xbox video game systems to project winners. Microsoft also provided all participants with USBs carrying an Expression Web e-book, the Digital Literacy curriculum, and the course certificate. Microsoft also contributed 17 computers with Windows 7 to the project, making PSSO the first nongovernmental organization in Saudi Arabia to receive the software.