Microsoft Continues Mission of Empowerment

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Microsoft continues it’s mission of empowerment by working to apply the power of technology to safeguard human rights and protect the planet. They recently issued their 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

During fiscal year 2016, Microsoft made progress on a number of fronts:

  • Expanding Microsoft’s commitment to sustainability by establishing new energy goals, including having data centers rely on a larger percentage of wind, solar and hydro power electricity over time.
  • Prioritizing inclusive design and accessibility in the development of products and services to empower everyone, while deepening the inclusive culture at Microsoft.
  • Enhancing companywide privacy principles and the Microsoft Privacy Statement to protect customers’ personal data and their right to privacy.
  • Holding suppliers accountable to human rights, labor, health and safety, environmental, and business ethics practices prescribed in Microsoft’s Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • Expanding economic opportunity to every corner of the planet through Microsoft Philanthropies’ three-year commitment to donate $1 billion in public cloud computing for nonprofits around the world.
  • Contributing to public policy discussions with a new book, “A Cloud for Global Good,” which lays out a roadmap of 78 specific policy recommendations to help ensure cloud computing is trusted, responsible and inclusive.

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to transparency, this report builds on the company’s prior annual citizenship reporting, but is now designed to be a living reporting website where Microsoft can offer both the year-over-year data we traditionally provide as well as ongoing updates throughout the year on important developments on our efforts.

Microsoft takes seriously the responsibilities to help the world achieve more and is committed to meeting that responsibility to address economic, social and environmental issues. Microsoft also recognizes the importance of partnerships and value the opportunity to work with nonprofits, advocates, governments, academics, customers and employees to advance progress. Together, Microsoft believes we can strengthen communities and ensure greater outcomes for all.

Microsoft will continue to dedicate themselves to the challenges humankind faces, the role technology can play and the unique contributions Microsoft can make in cooperation with others around the world. Microsoft purchases made through iGive.com will also give back to your favorite cause.

iGive Retailers Support National Week of Making

nation of makers imageFrom June 17 -23, 2016 the White House, in conjunction with groups from around the country, will celebrate the National Week of Making.  The effort promotes the experiences that inspire creativity in students and spark interest in STEM Careers. iGive.com is excited to see several participating retailers taking a key role in promoting this effort.

AT&T Aspire is joining in this movement and collaborating with two organization that help to broaden participation in inventing among young people.

  • Bitsbox will launch a home-based making and coding education pilot. Their goals is to double the overall number of young people making apps on the Bitsbox website to more than 1.2 million and are working explicitly to reach thousands of youth in under-represented communities.
  • Maker Media, with support from AT&T and several other companies, is committing to engage over 1 million kids nationally over the next 12 months in hands-on project based learning through online Maker Camps, Maker Faires and School Maker Faires.

The National Week of Making coincides with the National Maker Faire June 18-19 in Washington, D.C., that features makers from across the country and will include participation of numerous Federal Agencies such as the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, Department of Commerce, Department of Health and Human Services, National Endowment of the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.  This event is sponsored by Barnes & Noble, Intel, Microsoft, Radio Shack and many others.

Microsoft Employees Raise a Record-Breaking $125 Million for Nonprofits in 2015

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Microsoft’s Employee Giving Program raised a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits and schools around the world in 2015, including the company match of employee contributions. Our employees increased their support through time, money and talent by $8 million, marking the greatest year-over-year increase in our program’s history.

These results show how, more than ever, Microsoft employees live our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We believe Microsoft Philanthropies rounds out our ability to reach our mission, as well as to reach everyone. In the case of our Employee Giving Program, that means supporting more than 18,000 nonprofits that do invaluable work every day to strengthen communities and better our world. What better time than today to say “thank you” to those nonprofits, and to the many people who work for them. In 2015, these people and organizations improved lives around the world by addressing a wide range of issues, providing shelter for those fleeing wildfires that ravaged portions of the United States, for example, and helping those seeking safety from war-torn regions around the world. They provided mentorships and skills training for at-risk youth, expanded the number of acres of protected forestland, ran nonpartisan civic engagement campaigns and much more.

We celebrate the work of our nonprofit and education partners at the same time as we share our Employee Giving results, because they have inspired Microsoft employees to do more and give more. In fact, this year the participation rate for our Employee Giving Program hit an all-time high of 71 percent. Today we celebrate with our employees as well. We believe that they donate more time, talent and money because our program enables them to help address the causes they care about most. And their giving supported a very broad spectrum of local and global causes, among them humanitarian relief, health, human services and housing, education, arts and culture, agriculture, nutrition and the environment.

Our employees’ volunteer work makes me especially proud. In addition to dedicating a portion of each paycheck to a favorite charity, many employees integrate volunteering into their daily lives.  Each volunteer works out what works best for them at various stages in their lives. Some volunteer a few hours a month, as they can, while others are able to dedicate near second shifts as nonprofit volunteers. In total, employees contributed more than 570,000 volunteer hours in 2015.

In addition, our employees’ impact in Washington State – home to Microsoft’s corporate headquarters and more than 42,000 employees – was especially strong this year. Microsoft employees contributed $62 million to more than 4,000 nonprofits that help weave the fabric of our local communities. I’d like to tell you about a few of our volunteers:

  • Vanessa Payne, a technical advisor for Bing, and Heidi Fader, a program manager for the Storefronts Web team, volunteered a total of 340 hours in 2015, raising money for the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s. Inspired by a friend’s heroic battle with cancer, Vanessa and Heidi, who are childhood friends, dedicated themselves to the cause in 2013 and have raised more than $104,000 for cancer research so far.
  • Nykeesha Davis, a Microsoft human resources associate, volunteered 112 hours in 2015. She led a team of employee volunteers at YWCA of King County, developing six new computer-literacy programs for those served by YWCA’s career development centers. Nykeesha also serves on the board of Communities in Schools of Seattle, which coordinates high school dropout prevention programs. She notes that “the fact that these organizations get money for the time I’m already giving allows me to have a much larger impact financially than I would be able to do otherwise.”
  • James Spotanski, a program manager for Excel, logged more than 300 volunteer hours across nine nonprofits in Washington State, including Habitat for HumanityNorthwest HarvestHopelink and the United Way of King County. James says Microsoft’s policy of paying nonprofits $25 for each hour an employee volunteers is a tremendous encouragement. “I love my job,” James says, “and I think it’s great that Microsoft emphasizes this kind of community involvement so much.”

As we celebrate the important work of nonprofit organizations and the generosity of our employees, we recognize the need to further empower the nonprofit community. To fulfill our company mission, we, ourselves, need to do more. That’s why we recently announced our expanded commitment to corporate philanthropy with a broader ambition and a new organization, Microsoft Philanthropies. As a first step in the work of Microsoft Philanthropies, we recently committed to donate $1 billion in Microsoft cloud services over the next three years to nonprofits and university researchers, to ensure these organizations have the technology to advance the public good.

As we look forward, our communities and world continue to face many challenges. I know our employees are thinking of how they can help empower nonprofits through their donations of money, time and talent in the year ahead. We’re already working on new ways to grow Microsoft’s culture of giving and investing in strategic partnerships to help deliver the benefits of technology to everyone. We look forward to sharing more about our plans in the months to come.

HP Inc. Transforms the Classroom with Technology Solutions to Personalize Instruction and Create Next-Generation Learning Experiences

 

 

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, January 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ – HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today unveiled new PCs and software solutions designed for education that help support meaningful outcomes for students, teacher and communities. The new solutions and programs include:

HP Education Edition notebooks
HP School Pack Software 2.0
HP Sprout Pro by HP
HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom Program

HP photo“At HP, we believe that every student should be given the opportunity to be an inventive individual rather than a standardized product of a system,” said Gus Schmedlen, vice president, Education, Printing and Personal Systems, HP Inc. “HP is on a mission to enable teachers and students with tools that ‘un-standardize’ learning — making education a more unique experience for students that is more flexible, collaborative and dynamic.”

HP Education Edition Notebooks: Built for Schools. Designed for Learning
HP Education Edition Notebooks are built tough to withstand the rigors of daily academic use and designed for learning with Windows 10 and innovative tools to enhance instruction, engagement and active educational use.

HP Education Edition Notebooks features include:
Battery life designed for the classroom
Premium wireless for cloud-based LMS, assessments and online curricula1
Rugged construction to survive the classroom
Tools for active, educational use to enable teaching and learning out of the box

The HP ProBook 11 G2 Education Edition notebook is constructed using industrial co-molded rubber to protect against the rigors of the classroom and has up to 18 hours of battery life2 — this notebook is built to last. The powerful and versatile HP ProBook 11 EE is powered by Windows 10 and offers up to Intel® Core™ performance with an optional touchscreen, empowering breakthrough experiences miles beyond netbooks.

The HP Pro 310 x360 Convertible PC Education Edition with Windows 103 is blended learning ready with a rotational hinge allowing for four modes to suit any learning style: stand, tent, notebook and tablet. The Pro 310 x360 features an Intel® Celeron® or Pentium®processor4, and solid state storage up to 256 GB5.

HP School Pack 2.0 is an out-of-the box solution of digital tools and content exclusively for Windows devices designed for collaborative, standards-aligned, and personalized learning. School Pack 2.0 includes a host of instructional, management and supplemental tools. It is anchored by HP Classroom Manager Student Edition6 that allows teachers to manage classroom PCs and communicate seamlessly with students. Other software in HP School Pack 2.0 include: HP Adaptive Learning created by Fishtree, HP Prime Graphing Calculator App, Classlink Single Sign On, Codecademy for Learning How to Program, Corinth Classroom, Curriculum Matrix, the Oxford® Advanced Learners Dictionary, and PASCO® SPARKVue™7.

New to HP School Pack is HP Touchpoint Manager for Education8, a cloud-based app that simplifies IT management for schools with minimal IT resources to easily manage and secure data, devices and users. With HP Touchpoint Manager, school IT administrators can quickly troubleshoot issues in real-time and use point-and-click security policies across different devices, brands and operating systems.

All HP Education Edition tablets and notebooks include or offer premium 2×2 AC WLAN9, HP School Pack 2.0 and one year of HP Touchpoint Manager for Education.

Sprout Pro by HP: Designed for Education and Business 
Today, HP is also announcing Sprout Pro by HP designed for education and businesses. Sprout Pro features Windows 10 Professional, Intel® Core™ i7 processor with DDR4 memory, customizable software image, trusted platform module and a three-year limited warranty.

By leveraging Sprout’s blend of tactile, visual and audio engagement, educators are offered powerful means of differentiating instruction and personalizing learning in a way no other computer can support. Sprout transforms the classroom into an immersive educational experience that revolutionizes the way teachers and students learn, create, collaborate and share.

Sprout helps:
Accelerate engagement and inspire learning at every level with an immersive and intuitive computing experience.
Maximize classroom IT budgets and close the technology gap by consolidating classroom equipment like document cameras, interactive surfaces and school PCs.
Enable advanced, multi-screen collaboration, 1-to-1 or 1-to-many.
Changes the classroom desk space into a true digital and physical workspace.

For more information on Sprout in the classroom: http://bit.ly/LearningWithSprout.

HP and Microsoft Reinvent the Classroom
HP and Microsoft also unveiled a joint program called Reinvent the Classroom, a worldwide effort to inspire instructional innovation and next-generation learning experiences, powered by Windows 10 and HP solutions. Reinvent the Classroom will place state-of-the-art Learning Studios in more than 60 school locations across the world to support advanced blended learning, international collaboration and the maker movement in education. With tools like Microsoft Office 365, Skype and HP Adaptive Learning, these schools will shape the future of learning.

“With Microsoft, we are delivering exciting new devices and solutions that help schools and students rethink the possibilities around learning, creating a vision for the Classroom of the Future,” said Alex Cho, vice president of Commercial PCs, Personal Systems, HP Inc. “This vision is manifested through HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom program, showcasing how innovation can create more immersive learning environments.”

HP Life e-Learning 2.0
HP also launched HP LIFE e-Learning 2.0, a new social knowledge sharing version of the free, online HP learning initiative for entrepreneurs used by more than 580,000 learners in over 200 countries and territories. HP LIFE 2.0 is now powered by EdCast, a global social knowledge network built to enhance peer to peer collaboration and online learning. As a result, HP LIFE users have access to new and extensive learning opportunities from across the EdCast network, including new topics and access to additional quality content from global thought-leaders. Learners and educators may sign up and learn more at www.life-global.org.

About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.