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Microsoft Philanthropies Offer New Hope To Juvenile Inmates

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 June 2016 Microsoft Malaysia today announced one of the program that under Microsoft Philanthropies is a three-year partnership with the Malaysian Prisons Department (under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs), to provide juvenile inmates in the country with digital literacy and upskilling opportunities in the areas of digital inclusion, entrepreneurship, and capacity building.

The collaboration will provide these 500 inmates, aged between 16 to 21 from 13 prison schools nationwide, with capacity building opportunities with Microsoft volunteers, student partners and NGO partners such as Yayasan Generasi Gemilang. The main objective of this three-year collaboration is to prepare these individuals for employability, and to pursue further educational opportunities upon their release. Inmates from the prison schools will be trained to use basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Microsoft Malaysia is also looking at providing training to teachers from the prison in the areas of digital literacy, which would help them to impart the necessary skills required to improve leaning outcomes.

Mary Snapp, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Philanthropies, explained that the collaboration was part of Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to invest in digital inclusion programs and partnerships in the country. “Microsoft was founded on the principle that people can do remarkable things when technology is within reach. We want to create immersive and inclusive experiences that inspire lifelong learning, stimulating development of essential life skills – communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, character, citizenship and computational thinking – and supporting educators in guiding and nurturing student passions.”

“We are excited about the partnership with the Prison Department of Malaysia on this program, which includes providing Digital Literacy, entrepreneurship, computer science and leadership amongst others, looks at employability and start-ups as an outcome for these 13 prison schools,” she said during her visit to Malaysia.


Empowering Juvenile Inmates Through Digital Inclusion

Today’s announcement also marks the company’s second collaboration with the Prisons Department of Malaysia. Last year, Microsoft Malaysia’s Hour of Code initiative introduced over 160 Henry Gurney Prison School inmates to a specially created “Minecraft” coding tutorial, in which students and educators learnt about the basics of coding – allowing them to navigate, mine, craft and explore in a two-dimensional “Minecraft” world, plugging together blocks to complete actions and generate code.

Following its success, the Ministry of Home Affairs has been in discussions with the tech giant to develop similar capacity-building programs. This has led to the Prisons Department of Malaysia considering the development of IT Academies for these 13 Prison Schools nationwide, which includes Henry Gurney Prison Schools and Integrity Schools.

Commenting on this development, Jasmine Begum, Director, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Malaysia and Emerging Markets, said that this partnership allowed Microsoft to reiterate its commitment to the Malaysian Government to empower every person in every community. “Since our first humbling experience at Henry Gurney last December, we have been in discussions with the Prisons Department of Malaysia to make this collaboration a reality, and we are really pleased that this partnership will further solidify our commitment to equip and educate these individuals with the knowledge and skills that will be useful to them once they have been released.”

“The participation of the private sector in collaboration with the public sector is important in realizing our vision of being a high-income economy by 2020. This growth must be holistic, and the main ingredient to this is human capital. This is where I believe that the capacity building program is of importance, and I am pleased to note that Microsoft has put in place sustainable programs that encourage youth capacity building in IT within the community that Microsoft operates in. The tools provided in these programs are enablers which encourages the development of talent based on innovation and creativity that ultimately enhances our national competitiveness. In short, we are using technology to make a meaningful social and economic impact,” said Dato’ Sri Haji Zulkifli bin Omar, Commissioner General, Prisons Department of Malaysia.

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Microsoft Philanthropies – Sparking Equal Opportunities for All Youth Globally

Through Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft is able to extend its vision of empowerment through four pillars – empowering youth, partnership with NGOs, supporting accessibility for the disabled, and by helping those effected by migration processes. Within these four pillars, Microsoft will contribute in new and more impactful ways by connecting the benefits of technology to those who need it most, while working harder to drive inclusive growth of the global economy.

The partnership with The Prisons Department of Malaysia is part of Microsoft Philanthropies’ efforts in bridging gaps across communities. By working together with both public and private organizations, the company aims to help more Malaysian youth fill computer science-related jobs that will exist in the country as the nation move towards a developed status by 2020. “This notion complements a 2015 Microsoft study which found students recognizing the value of coding – or software programming – as a core subject in schools. An overwhelming 88% of Malaysian students surveyed said they wanted to know more about coding, and 90% said it was a good career path to have,” added Jasmine.

Microsoft believes that no single organization or company can close the global computer science education skills gap, and therefore is dedicated to work in partnership with others. Snapp elaborates, “Our efforts have focused on leveraging longstanding community relationships with our partners around the world to create access to computer science, and also to break down barriers and stereotypes that are keeping large populations of youth out of computer science education – even when the opportunities are available. Regardless of the career they pursue, we want these young people to benefit from understanding how technology works as well as how to create, apply and use it. And for those inspiring young people out there who are excited about pursuing a career utilizing computer science, we will show them how Microsoft can help them build their futures.”


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Microsoft Philantrophy Week Ends With YouthSpark Live

KUALA LUMPUR, 3 June 2016Microsoft Malaysia today concluded its Philanthropy Week, by empowering and enabling NGOs as well as youth, and embracing diversity. The week-long campaign ended with YouthSpark Live, held at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus, which was organized in partnership with Yayasan Generasi Gemilang – Microsoft’s partner NGO that works to develop youths to equip them with skills to boost their employability.

YouthSpark Live was officiated by Yang Berhormat Dato’ P Kamalanathan, Deputy Minister of Education, who explained the importance of initiatives like YouthSpark in tandem with the country’s efforts to create a globally competitive workforce, “The theme of this forum, YouthSpark Live: Empowering Youth, is a very important agenda of the Government under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the intellectual development of students are subjects very close to my heart. The Ministry welcomes the involvement of the private sector and NGOs to assist in making STEM education the preferred choice for our students. A STEM workforce is vital to growth of the country’s economy, and I believe the future of the nation will depend very much on the skills and knowledge that our young generation possess especially in the sciences, to sustain our country’s competitiveness and socio-economic wellbeing.”

Jasmine Begum, Director, Corporate, External & Legal Affairs, Microsoft Malaysia and Emerging Markets, echoed YB Dato’ P Kamalanathan’s sentiment, “At Microsoft, we believe every young person should have the opportunity to learn computer science, giving them the power not only to use, but also to create with technology. YouthSpark Live will discuss computer science being a fundamental skill for the next-generation workforce, and a skill that is valued by employers in every sector, not just technology.”

The event also addressed some of the emerging career opportunities and how youth can and should compete in an increasingly global economy. Nick Foong, Head of Youth Development & Communications, Generasi Gemilang explained, “Generasi Gemilang’s mission is focused on four main pillars – community development, youth development, counselling and care, and strategic alliances, all of which serve to build human capital for a better tomorrow. Microsoft YouthSpark partnership and technology donations will help the Foundation reach over 1,200 youths across urban Malaysia and into the far interiors of East Malaysia. YouthSpark Live will identify the skills they need to reach their goals, figure out how technology will accelerate them forward, and get connected to programs that will help them get there.”

Through 30+ programs and partnerships with more than 350 youth-serving nonprofits, Microsoft YouthSpark has created new opportunities for more than 227 million young people in over 100 countries around the world. YouthSpark Live brings to life Microsoft YouthSpark, as a platform for youth to learn about careers in technology, entrepreneurship, online safety, and today’s employment landscape.


Microsoft Philanthropy Week

Four Powerful Initiatives Embodied

YouthSpark Live was just one component of Microsoft Malaysia’s Philanthropy Week. The entire week-long campaign was an opportunity for Microsoft to reiterate its commitment in connecting the benefits of technology to those who needed them most, and communicate the impact of Microsoft’s initiatives in Malaysia to date.

Through Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft is investing its strongest assets to drive greater inclusion and empowerment of people who do not have access to technology and the opportunities it offers and enables.

The other 3 events under Microsoft Malaysia’s Philanthropy Week are:-

[28 May – 12 June] Microsoft-Kidzania partnership – inculcating STEM amongst children

The collaboration between Microsoft and Kidzania addresses concerns toward children’s increased exposure to technology, by showcasing technology’s ability to enable fun and interactive learning. As part of this partnership, KidZania will be providing Microsoft with 200 KidZ & Tech event tickets for children in underserved communities. Jasmine expounded, “Microsoft is committed to ensure that children from all walks of life have access to STEM education. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and create with technology. Microsoft is always looking for opportunities to ensure that we build the next generation of leaders, and equip them with 21st century learning tools. We look forward to harnessing technology for greater good, and creating opportunities for our younger generation, in partnership with KidZania.”

[31 May] Tech4Good – empowering modern Malaysian NGOs with digital transformation

The second initiative under the Philanthropy Week umbrella was Tech4Good, an initiative aimed at providing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the technology, knowledge, community and resources they need to fulfil their missions. Held at Microsoft Malaysia, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development – Yang Berhormat Senator Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, launched Tech4Good and commended the company for its efforts in supporting NGOs with 21st century technology and resources for their digital transformation.

Tech4Good provides a platform for NGOs to have access to world-class solutions and technology that support their efforts in serving their communities, including youth, women, undocumented children and persons with disabilities.

[1 June] Expert panel on cybersecurity & vulnerable communities – catalyst for conversations on cybersecurity, diversity and inclusive technology

Following Tech4Good, a panel of cybersecurity experts addressed over 100 university students at Taylor’s University to discuss the importance of cybersecurity, particularly in relation to the vulnerable members of our community – children and senior citizens. Microsoft approaches online safety and child online protection with four key areas in mind: technology, self-governance, education and partnerships.

Angela McKay, Director, Government Security Policy and Strategy at Microsoft Corp highlighted the company’s approach, “As a technology company, we have a responsibility to create software, devices and services that have safety features, functionality and considerations built in from the outset. In addition, we devise and implement internal online safety policies, standards and procedures that extend beyond pure legal requirements in an effort to self-govern product development and operations.”

Microsoft’s cybersecurity sessions like the panel discussion that was held earlier in the week initiates conversations on cybersecurity, diversity and inclusive technology, delve deeper into challenges, solutions and opportunities, and hear various stakeholders’ perspectives, in an effort to encourage and support digital inclusion and inclusive behaviours in relation to the use and development of technology. “We also have a responsibility to stay abreast of the risks that individuals and families may face online; alert consumers to such developments and educate them about how they can help protect themselves and their families. Perhaps most importantly, we embrace a multi-stakeholder model, and partner with others because no one entity or organization can successfully tackle these significant and nuanced issues alone,” added McKay.

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Microsoft Philanthropies – advocating diversity & inclusion within a mobile-first, cloud-first world

Despite global expansion, increased access, and democratization of technology, the benefits of technology are not yet encompassing the broader segment of the world’s population. This has been the aim of Microsoft Malaysia’s Philanthropy Week as it is committed to empower and enable NGOs as well as youth, and embrace diversity.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Delivering on this mission starts with great technology, but great technology alone is not enough. Too many of technology’s benefits have yet to reach the people who need them. Through Microsoft Philanthropies, we’re investing Microsoft’s strongest assets to drive greater inclusion and empowerment of people who do not have access to technology and the opportunities it offers and enables. As we do so, we will build on the foundation of Microsoft’s 30-plus years of giving, seeking new ways to achieve greater outcomes for a broader segment of the world’s population,” concluded K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia.


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Microsoft Philanthropies Donates US$1 Billion In Resources

DAVOS-KLOSTERS, Switzerland — Jan. 19, 2016 Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella announced a new three-part initiative to ensure that Microsoft’s cloud computing resources serve the public good. As part of this initiative the recently formed Microsoft Philanthropies will donate $1 billion of Microsoft Cloud Services, measured at fair market value, to serve nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years.


Microsoft Philanthropies Donates US$1 Billion In Resources

Microsoft’s three-part commitment focuses on ensuring the cloud can serve the public good in the broadest sense by providing additional cloud resources to nonprofits, increasing access for university researchers and helping solve last-mile Internet access challenges.

“Microsoft is empowering mission-driven organizations around the planet with a donation of cloud computing services — the most transformative technologies of our generation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who on Wednesday will speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Now more than 70,000 organizations will have access to technology that will help them solve our greatest societal challenges and ultimately improve the human condition and drive new growth equally.”

Cloud computing has emerged as a vital resource for unlocking the secrets held by data in ways that create new insights and lead to breakthroughs not just for science and technology, but for the full range of economic and social challenges and the delivery of better human services. It can also improve communications and problem-solving and help organizations work in a more productive and more efficient manner.

In September 2015, 193 heads of state and other world leaders unanimously adopted 17 sustainable development goals to achieve by 2030. This ambitious agenda — which includes ending poverty, ending hunger, and ensuring affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all — will only be achievable with the benefit of significant inventions and technology innovations. The scale and computational power enabled by cloud computing will be essential to unlocking solutions to this list of some of the world’s seemingly unsolvable problems.

“We’re committed to helping nonprofit groups and universities use cloud computing to address fundamental human challenges,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. “One of our ambitions for Microsoft Philanthropies is to partner with these groups and ensure that cloud computing reaches more people and serves the broadest array of societal needs.”

Specific elements of the new initiative include these:

  • Serving the broad needs of the nonprofit community. A new global donation program will make Microsoft Cloud Services, including Microsoft Azure, Power BI, CRM Online and the Enterprise Mobility Suite, more available to nonprofit organizations through Microsoft Philanthropies. The program builds upon an already successful program that provides similar access to Office 365 for nonprofits. The nonprofit program for Microsoft Cloud Services will begin rolling out this spring, and Microsoft Philanthropies aims to serve 70,000 nonprofits in the next three years with these Microsoft Cloud Services.
  • Expanding access to cloud resources for faculty research in universities. Microsoft Research and Microsoft Philanthropies will expand by 50 percent the Microsoft Azure for Research program that grants free Azure storage and computing resources to help faculty accelerate their research on cutting-edge challenges. Today this program provides free cloud computing resources for over 600 research projects on six continents.
  • Reaching new communities with last-mile connectivity and cloud services. Microsoft Philanthropies and Microsoft Business Development will combine donated access to Microsoft Cloud services with investments in new, low-cost last-mile Internet access technologies and community training. By combining cloud services with connectivity and training, and focusing on new public-private partnerships, Microsoft Philanthropies intends to support 20 of these projects in at least 15 countries around the world by the middle of 2017.

Providing nonprofits with better access to Microsoft Cloud Services, including the powerful Microsoft Azure platform, builds upon Microsoft’s longtime commitment to making cutting-edge technology available at no or low cost to organizations working on solving some of society’s toughest problems.

In recent years, as organizations have increased their reliance on cloud computing, Microsoft has worked in partnership with a broad range of organizations focused on big challenges. The initiatives show the potential impact that increased access to the transformational power of cloud computing can have:

  • Microsoft Research is working with the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) Biodiversity Research Program through the use of 700 wireless sensors, cloud technology and automated data-stream processing to understand how cloud forests work and study the impact of climate changes on the communities supported by those forests.
  • [adrotate group=”2″]Through a partnership with the University of Texas at Austin called Project Catapult, Microsoft makes advanced cloud computing technology available to researchers that have demonstrated the ability to deliver lower power and cost, higher-quality results, or a combination of both.
  • In Botswana, Microsoft is partnering with the Botswana Innovation Hub, Vista Life Sciences, the United States Agency for International Development and Global Broadband Solutions to assist Botswana, the University of Pennsylvania and the Ministry of Health in leveraging cloud-based health records management and Internet access enabled by use of TV white spaces to remotely deliver specialized medicine, including cervical cancer screenings to women at rural healthcare clinics.

“Access to technology is critical to the operations and services of NetHope and its 44 humanitarian nonprofit member organizations,” said NetHope CEO Lauren Woodman. “The power of cloud computing will create exponential value for all we do to serve the millions of people in our communities around the world.”

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