As I celebrated the one-year anniversary of the start of my new career last Tuesday, I took some time to reflect on the transformative experiences that brought me to where I am now. Since August of 2016, I have been an IT Support Specialist at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a non-profit organization […]

Where are you studying? I recently finished my MBA at the Yale School of Management where I focused my studies and curricular engagement on defining leadership in the Digital Age. What were your main duties as a Microsoft fellow? My duties as a fellow were broad and diverse, one of the highlights of Microsoft’s team! […]

Hello, September! We’re ready to wrap up the summer season with these top events in civic tech and beyond: September 3 Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance At the University of Pennsylvania’s Duckworth Lab, grit is gender-neutral. It’s self-control and stick-to-it-iveness. The two big ideas about grit that have made Duckworth famous are first, […]

It’s days like these when working at Microsoft makes me feel like a Rock Star. Recently Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) reached out to Microsoft requesting a speaker for the STEM panel at their annual Youth Assembly, a United Nations-hosted summit for young people with an interest in leading social change in their home countries. As […]

Sisterhood – that was the theme of our class this summer and it is so true. In spending time with our class, you can feel the sisterhood between them, an amazing group of young ladies, I am so proud of them. It has been an absolute privilege to host these 20 young ladies in our […]

Dan Butchko, CEO and founder of Playcrafting, has announced Play NYC, the premier convention dedicated to video games in New York City. Connecting players with creators alike, this family­ friendly event will take place Aug. 19­ & 20. It features three floors of games, over 100 developers and 20 presentations from industry leaders (including Microsoft). […]

As real-estate prices in urban centers continue to climb across the nation, companies like WeWork have stepped in to offer start-ups, non-profits, and other ventures affordable co-working spaces. However, a number of groups have reimagined coworking spaces as more than just an efficient solution to expensive city office space. Organizations like Civic Hall, Prime Produce, […]

In June, the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) at the Urban Institute and Microsoft released a collection of resources and recommendations on extending and expanding training opportunities for staff at civic organizations and governments to help them leverage data and technology to tackle local priorities.  To illustrate the foundations, learnings, and impacts that informed the […]

Each year, we’re honored to join Girls Who Code (GWC) for their Summer Immersion Program, a free 7-week coding camp where girls across the country are hosted at local tech companies to learn coding, professionalism, and network with each other. And each year, we’re in awe of the camaraderie, innovation, and growth of each of […]

As artificial intelligence gains exposure in media and public discourse, so too does the demand for spaces focused on studying its systems and their ramifications. Last weekend, one such space was brought to the ground through AINow, a research initiative (and soon-to-be NY-based research center!) Co-Founded by Kate Crawford and Meredith Whittaker and dedicated to […]