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Paving the future with technology: Employee volunteers build a “societal ecosystem” in Japan

As technology grows as a force in our daily existence and across society as a whole, the idea that we can rely on a few “experts” is becoming a thing of the past. Everyone now has the potential to participate in the digital world.Making technology widely available enhances our lives and economic opportunities. So, putting technology into the hands of… Read more »


boy and women discussingE3 YouthSpark Hackathon Launch: Introduction to entrepreneurship for rural youth

In April 2017, Tag International Development launched a pilot project – E3: Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship – aimed at unlocking the employability prospects for underserved rural youth in Southern Shan State. The project proposed a combined Train of Training implementation model focused on selection and training of rural Youth Ambassador Tech Leaders… Read more »


Nonprofits on the cloud: Fast-tracking better care in Hong Kong

Chung is passionate about running. But that hasn’t always been the case. He used to be addicted to online gaming, developed antisocial behaviors and started dropping out of school. To get him back on the right track he was referred to RunOurCity, a local nonprofit that organizes running and fitness program for at risk youth, to rebuild self-esteem and confidence… Read more »


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

Six to eight million young people join the workforce every year in India. Let’s hear the stories of three young people who have eagerly taken up digital skills to access new economic opportunities. For Farha, Paige, and Devi, vocational training has helped them widen their work options and life dreams… Read more »


Building Digital Streams of Opportunities for Vietnam

By Pham The Truong, General Manager, Microsoft Vietnam. Tue Huy is a 15-year-old with digital skills and a passion. Earlier this year she showed me a game about road safety that she had developed for her younger brother. Vietnam’s traffic in its cities and countryside is fast and dangerous. Huy created the game with the help of a Scratch Coding module… Read more »



Working for a change: Breaking free from the traditional work culture in Japan

Michiyo Arai is like many young Japanese women today. She believes flexible working patterns can help her move along a viable career path. But she is also anxious about job hunting in a country where practices, like teleworking, are relatively new. Last year, the 28-year-old enrolled in a basic programming course that included a telework internship… Read more »



Digital transformation in emerging Asian economies: Escaping the middle-income trap

Employing cheap, low-skilled workers in relatively simple manufacturing or extractive industries has been a winning formula for many of Asia’s emerging economies. Over the decades it has created new wealth for their governments and peoples. And, it has positioned them within global trading networks and international supply chains… Read more »



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

Yunik Shin was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), requiring assistance for his daily life. Hoping he’d be able to learn as much as possible on his own, his parents gave him a personal computer when he was just three years old.Shin, now 21, studies Western Philosophy at Tokyo University, one of Japan’s best universities, and lives on his own in an apartment near the campus… Read more »



“Sea Wander” app wins UNESCO & Microsoft Hackathon for Culture and Peace

Cartoon depictions of Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers, Singapore’s Merlion and Thailand’s golden temples were among some of Southeast Asia’s landmarks gliding behind the name ‘Sea Wander’ on the screen. The mobile app, with its brightly colored cartoon characters and educational games, was unveiled and crowned as the winner at the UNESCO & Microsoft Hackathon for Culture and Peace on May 21… Read more »



Tech’s not just for boys: Microsoft’s DigiGirlz expands career perceptions

Getting more girls to participate in technology is one of the challenges in an increasingly digital world. DigiGirlz, organized by Microsoft in partnership with Auckland University of Technology on May 19, has addressed the problem by expanding the definition of tech. “The whole premise behind the event is to highlight to the girls that there are so many different careers in technology…  Read more »




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