Recap — #YouthSpark Live with Year Up at Microsoft New England

| Anissa Battaglino


We had a blast with Year Up Boston members last Friday at our annual #YouthSpark Live event at Microsoft New England. 200+ aspiring young adults poured into the building filled with vigor and poised for learning all they could about how to shape their future — and we welcome that kind of drive with open arms here at Microsoft. Truth be told, when the day was done, Year Up had inspired us.

Cambridge Mayor David Maher kicked off the day with a moving welcome about Year Up members having the chance to change the future of our city and the world, and reminding all that some of the most important drivers of success are staying focused and setting goals. Next, CEO and co-founder of QONQR Scott Davis gave an awesome keynote about what it takes it be an entrepreneur. His main advice? Work hard and “get stuff done.” We then had the pleasure of hearing from Eric Oddleifson, Director of Assistive Technology & Employment Services for Microsoft partner Easter Seals Massachusetts. Eric has used technology to help countless people with disabilities over the past 15 years.

The Year Up Boston group then split up and headed out to a series of rotating workshops, including:

Here are some social media posts from the day, and we can’t wait to see what careers these passionate Year Up members create for themselves!


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To learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to youth and education, visit our YouthSpark Hub or follow us on twitter at @msftcitizenship.

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