Tech upgrades help WE empower more young people to change the world

 |   Athima Chansanchai

Thousands of young people with outstretched arms in an arena cheering on a man in a red shirt jumping on stage

More than 20 years ago, inspired by a news story on child slavery, WE began with Craig Kielburger and his dream to help break the cycle of poverty overseas. Since then, WE has grown into a global movement that brings young people together to change the world.

WE’s ongoing steps to modernize include using cloud services such as Microsoft Azure and Office 365 (donated by Microsoft Philanthropies through its free and discounted offerings for nonprofits), Microsoft Dynamics and Power BI.

“We are going to continue to transform,” says Erin Barton, WE’s chief development officer of partnerships. “We’re doing a full needs assessment with Microsoft Consulting, and we’re going to put it all on the table. They’ll help untangle the web to make great sense of things and look at how we can better employ technology, what are better solutions for us overall.”

To help them along their journey, Microsoft gathered about 12 members of WE’s senior leadership and other employees at both Microsoft and WE to participate in a two-day user-focused design experience in Redmond, Washington headed by three Microsoft facilitators. This process is one way Microsoft helps businesses and organizations rethink strategies to achieve their digital dreams.

Read the full story on the Transform blog.

Athima Chansanchai
Microsoft News Center Staff

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