10 things you didn’t know about programming

We are giving a shout out to the architects of today’s digital world on Programmers’ Day, which is typically celebrated on 13 September, the 256th day of the year. The number 256 was chosen because it is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte. … Read more »

Coding fever hits a new high in Asia Pacific

More than 222,000 students and youth in Asia Pacific now speak code. Do you? — by Clair Deevy, Citizenship Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific Imagine a future where young children in Asia Pacific go home after school gushing about the puzzle-solving computer algorithm they wrote in class, or brainstorming at the … Read more »

Why more women should consider technology careers

Technology has long been a male-dominated industry. While the scale has tipped slightly – 27 percent of IT professionals today are women – there is more to be done to bridge the gender gap. Clair Deevy, Microsoft’s Citizenship Lead for Asia Pacific, explains why government, education and community leaders should … Read more »

Microsoft-CITYNET Appathon uncovers innovative solutions for cities

The first place winning app, a solution focusing on public safety called Safety Whistle, was submitted by Yashasvi and teammates Anish Ansari, Gopal Kandoi and Rumi Shakya, who made up Team Conscientious. In this app, users can enter two to three emergency contact numbers and two to three emergency email addresses. … Read more »

We Speak Code. Do you?

Globally more than 10 million students globally have already taken the ‘Hour of Code’ challenge and with 3 billion people speaking more than 2,000 different languages across the Asia Pacific region it is hoped many more students will sign up to adopt ‘code’ as their official second language. … Read more »