Microsoft wanted to build on its legacy of using technology as a force for good by providing tech solutions and digital skills training to youth
Microsoft has a long track record of using its technology as a force for good, a legacy it wanted to further through a partnership in which it could share its technology and expertise with educators and students across North America and the UK.
Under the partnership, Microsoft’s team spent time in Canada, the US and the UK talking to educators and students to identify their needs and develop technology solutions to enhance education and support service-learning opportunities.
The result was the Tech for Good program, which provided students with tools and resources to bring the power of technology into the classroom. By incorporating technology into their service-learning actions, students were able to take their actions even further and amplify their voices globally.
Microsoft also wanted to encourage more girls and young women to learn how to code and gain other digital skills, so the team helped them develop and promote the DigiGirls and YouthSpark programs. These popular initiatives give high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology and develop critical digital skills through hands-on computer and technology workshops.
During the school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, another partnership was formed allowing Microsoft to offer students, parents and teachers with critical online resources through a unique web-based learning program. Thanks to Microsoft’s technical solutions, learners, educators, and families were able to access a suite of programming to support kids, who were among the hardest hit by the effects of the lockdowns.
Through the long-term partnership, Microsoft was able to reach a key audience in order to further its goals of democratizing the use of technology and leveraging it as a force for good.
As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said before a crowd of young changemakers in 2016, “the very founding of Microsoft can be traced back to two kids finding their passion in high school and then going on to chase that dream. They changed the landscape of our industry and the world as we know it. That’s the power we want to celebrate.”