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When human spirit and ingenuity come together with technology in our digital world.

Student from India wins Microsoft’s 2019 AI for Good Idea Challenge

Mahapatra developed the OrganSecure app at Microsoft’s 2019 AI for Good Challenge, which could potentially tackle two of the biggest challenges in the organ donation ecosystem.

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From the dumpsite to the website: Connecting underserved youth to in-demand jobs in Southeast Asia

17-year-old Joan jumped at an opportunity with Passerelles numériques, a French NGO that aims to provide education and professional training, and her life has transformed since.

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Creating an AI future with possibilities for all

Microsoft’s Saqib Shaikh, the force behind Microsoft’s Seeing AI, the talking app for people who are blind or with low vision, shares his story on technology and inclusion.

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Child Growth Monitor: Using AI to solve world hunger and malnutrition

A new app that uses smartphone infrared sensors, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence to instantly detect malnutrition is being used to screen thousands of children in India.

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Digital skills for the aging population in Japan

Aging populations are becoming increasingly prevalent in Asia. Microsoft understands the importance in equipping everyone including the elderly with digital skills to contribute purposefully to society and stay actively connected with the community. Meet 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya, a digital skills teacher in Japan who proves that you are never too old to learn. She teaches other elderly persons how to create art on Microsoft Excel, code mobile apps, and many more.

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Women and girls in STEM: Having a critical role in shaping Asia Pacific’s future

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Digital transformation for nonprofits: The business of doing good with data

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Cleaning up New Zealand’s coastlines one bot at a time

Microsoft Partner, Enlighten Designs is working on an exciting new initiative with Sustainable Coastlines aiming to create citizen scientists by arming them with the right data and insights to help keep New Zealand clean, green and beautiful.

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Mixed reality brings indigenous cultures to life in Australian classrooms

Microsoft Australia is contributing to the safeguarding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and language with the launch of Australia’s first augmented reality and digital skills initiative, The Njulgang Project.

How artificial intelligence is changing education in Asia and around the world

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These teachers are taking their students places with Skype

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The Xbox controller (and other devices) changing lives of people with disabilities

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With skill and care, thousands of employees give and volunteer across Asia Pacific

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Crystal’s story: Empowering the visually impaired with digital skills

Fourteen-year-old Crystal can’t see but she is determined to learn about computer science with the help of ATRIEV. Supported by Microsoft, this inspirational organization recruits visually impaired trainers to teach others new digital skills for an independent and fulfilling future.

A lost boy and a father’s search: how tech helped solve a four-year mystery

This touching story shares how Junxiu Wang and his missing son were reunited after almost four years through the help of facial recognition technology that was developed in collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia and the Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise China group.

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A fresh start: Bringing Indian youth closer to 21st century jobs

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Crop in hand: how a cloud-based application brings farmers closer to end users

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‘Too hard for girls’: IT student defies Vietnam’s gender norms

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Bot-with-no-name transforms support for catastrophically injured Australians

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Shin’s story: Using technology to break down the barriers of disability in Japan

One cannot overstate the importance of technology in Yunik Shin’s life. Shin, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), started using a computer at 3 years old and technology has been indispensable in helping him study, communicate and connect with others since then. Now a student of the University of Tokyo, Shin believes in the need for a new inclusive framework for technology and in its capacity to empower people to transcend physical barriers

Meet DJ Aamish: Beating the odds from behind the console

Meet Varun Khullar aka DJ Aamish—the resident deejay at Kitty Su, a popular nightclub at The Lalit. Khullar’s success is testimonial to his of extraordinary grit and iron resolve–he’s India’s first DJ in a wheelchair. This is his story.

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At a crossroad: how one Bangladeshi girl used technology as a springboard to empowerment

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Step by step: empowering Vietnamese youth in remote areas for the digital world

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Cloud brings healthcare into the classroom for India’s impoverished kids

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Buffaloes and the Cloud: Students turn to tech to save poor farming families

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Mapping hope: how community data is driving cloud-based disaster management in the Philippines

Gawad Kalinga is a nonprofit that works on the frontline of disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines. They collects data from at-risk communities with the help of volunteers like Cerello Arguelles – whose community suffers from devastating typhoons every year – and analyses it through a disaster response solution hosted on Azure.

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