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Looking Back at Computer Science Education Week 2016

December 16, 2016 Bay Area Staff kracz Leave a comment

Last week, we joined a revolution as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) launched worldwide, inspiring students to incorporate CS education into their daily lives. We celebrated by joining City Year for a special Hour of Code event in San Jose, with the help of City Year volunteer Dorothy Arroyo. Meanwhile, our community engaged on the same level, […]

#CSEdWeek: Building the Future with City Year

December 9, 2016 Bay Area Staff kracz Leave a comment

Each December, Microsoft is proud to partner on a global level with code.org and their Hour of Code program. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience […]

Drive Digital Literacy This Computer Science Education Week With The Hour of Code

December 5, 2016 Bay Area Staff kracz Leave a comment

Every December, something special happens for students around the world. Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), held annually in December in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906), is a grassroots campaign dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. The campaign, originally conceived by the Computing in […]

Tech Events This December

December 1, 2016 Bay Area Staff kracz Leave a comment

December is here — time to “tech” the halls and toast to the end of 2016. Civic tech in the Bay Area and beyond has come a long way this year; let’s look back on what we accomplished, look ahead at what’s to come, and most importantly: let’s work together to use technology to make our world […]

How Crisis Text Line is harnessing data to improve mental health support in the Bay Area

November 30, 2016 Libby Craig, Bay Area Director of Crisis Text Line kracz Leave a comment

Microsoft believes in the power of technology to connect people and improve lives. Crisis Text Line channels that power to facilitate human connection when people need it most. A simple SMS exchange could save a life. Please read this important guest post by Crisis Text Line Bay Area Director, Libby Craig, and join us in […]

Celebrating Innovation for the World at The Tech Awards

November 21, 2016 Bay Area Staff kracz Leave a comment

Last week, Applied Materials and The Tech Museum hosted The Tech Awards, an event that celebrates individuals and organizations using technology to solve the world’s most pressing problems. We were honored to present the Microsoft Education Award as part of the event, which we bestowed to Equal Access International, an international nonprofit organization bringing critically-needed education to millions […]

Generation Citizen’s Civic Tech Challenge — Not Your Grandmother’s Hackathon

November 16, 2016 David Moren, Bay Area Executive Director at Generation Citizen kracz Leave a comment

For anyone working in tech, hackathons are far from novel. They’ve been a fixture of the tech community, both locally and globally, for years – from internal company endeavors like Microsoft’s, to invite-only events like the NBA’s recent first-time foray, and lots in between. At these events, however true or false, some might speculate that […]

San Jose High School Computer Science program recognized for STEM Innovation

November 15, 2016 Bay Area Staff kracz Leave a comment

Abraham Lincoln High School’s Computer Science Program is one of four organizations honored for the exceptional work they do to advance STEM education throughout the region. The Silicon Valley Education Foundation awarded four institutions, including the San Jose school, which utilizes the TEALS program (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools). TEALS provides trained volunteers – […]

Equal Access International Partners with Sesame Workshop to Bring Education to Rural Children in Afghanistan

Bay Area Staff kracz Leave a comment

This week, we’re excited to attend the 2016 Tech Awards, an event presented by Applied Materials that celebrates individuals and organizations using technology to solve the world’s most pressing problems. One special moment for us includes having the honor of presenting the Microsoft Education Award. This year, the Microsoft Education Award is being presented to […]

Working Forward: Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Business Development Officer, City of San Jose

November 11, 2016 Nathan Donato-Weinstein, Business Development Officer, City of San Jose kracz Leave a comment

Back in January, I predicted that individual career moves would accelerate civic innovation by promoting collaboration across sectors. Of course, many of the largest problems facing the Bay Area – housing, transportation, urban sustainability – require a cross-sector approach to create lasting positive change. As 2016 winds down, this blog series will check in with […]