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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

Every December, something special happens for students around the world. Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), held annually in December in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906), is a grassroots campaign dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. The campaign, originally conceived by the Computing in...

The post Drive Digital Literacy This Computer Science Education Week With The Hour of Code appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

Earlier this week, dozens of people – including the Microsoft New York team – gathered at the UN Women headquarters in midtown Manhattan to take part in a fascinating workshop on how technology can keep girls and young women safe. After an introduction by Ravi Karkara (Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnership and Advocacy at UN...

The post Keeping Girls and Women Safe Through Technology appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

‘Tis the season to celebrate the successes of NYC’s civic tech community in 2016 and to toast to the future that awaits in 2017. Get in the holiday spirit at these upcoming events in the city: Now through December 14  The Glass Room NYC  To passers-by, The Glass Room looks like another slick, clean-lined store...

The post Civic Tech Events This December in NYC appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

Every year, thousands of people gather at the Code for America Summit to discuss how technology can improve our governments and the services that they provide. I had the pleasure of attending the Summit this year in Oakland, CA alongside colleagues from Microsoft and friends from various sectors, all of whom are passionate about advancing...

The post Looking Forward in Civic Tech: Code for America Summit and Beyond appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

It was an honor to join Cornell Tech as they hosted the second annual To Code and Beyond: Computer Science at Play Conference. This conference brings together organizations and contributors to K-12 Computer Science (CS) education who deliver impact not only in the Greater NYC area but across the US and globally. With over 1.1 million youth in...

The post To Code And Beyond — Computer Science at Play at Cornell Tech appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

It’s hard to catch your breath in Quito, Ecuador. Whether it’s the thin air of its 10,000 foot elevation, the natural beauty of its volcanic mountains, or the built beauty of its colonial-era architecture, Quito is a city that leaves you breathless. Last month, 30,000 people came together in the scenic Ecuadorian capital to discuss...

The post Habitat III: A Once-In-A-Generation Civic Experience appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

Just in time for International Pro Bono Week, this past month’s Machine Eatable discussion featured two DataKind volunteers presenting on recent pro bono consulting projects. These DataCorps projects, as they’re called, typically last 3-6 months with volunteers donating a whopping 5-10 hours per week in addition to their full-time jobs. While the projects are pre-scoped by DataKind...

The post Human-Centered, Pro Bono Data Science at Machine Eatable appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

It’s November and time to give thanks for the advancements our city is making in the Civic Tech space. Show your appreciation and join us this month at these top events around the city: November 1-3  Code for America Summit The Code for America Summit is a roll-up-your-sleeves conference that brings together government innovators, civic-minded...

The post Civic Tech Events This November in NYC appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

Last week, we joined a revolution as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) launched worldwide, inspiring students to incorporate CS education into their daily lives. We celebrated by sharing stories like CoderDojo‘s special computer science lessons for children, and by participating in Hour of Code events throughout the New York Metro area. Meanwhile, our community engaged on the same...

The post Looking Back at Computer Science Education Week 2016 appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

Computer Science Education Week is a nationwide initiative suggesting that every student try coding for one hour. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. 90 percent of parents want their children to study computer science, and computing jobs are the number one source for new income. Despite...

The post Coding Outside the Classroom: CoderDojo NYC Teaches Children Computer Science Fundamentals appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

Last week, we joined a revolution as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) launched worldwide, inspiring students to incorporate CS education into their daily lives. We celebrated by sharing stories like CoderDojo‘s special computer science lessons for children, and by participating in Hour of Code events throughout the New York Metro area. Meanwhile, our community engaged on the same...

The post Looking Back at Computer Science Education Week 2016 appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

Computer Science Education Week is a nationwide initiative suggesting that every student try coding for one hour. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology. 90 percent of parents want their children to study computer science, and computing jobs are the number one source for new income. Despite...

The post Coding Outside the Classroom: CoderDojo NYC Teaches Children Computer Science Fundamentals appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

Every December, something special happens for students around the world. Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), held annually in December in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906), is a grassroots campaign dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. The campaign, originally conceived by the Computing in...

The post Drive Digital Literacy This Computer Science Education Week With The Hour of Code appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

Earlier this week, dozens of people – including the Microsoft New York team – gathered at the UN Women headquarters in midtown Manhattan to take part in a fascinating workshop on how technology can keep girls and young women safe. After an introduction by Ravi Karkara (Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnership and Advocacy at UN...

The post Keeping Girls and Women Safe Through Technology appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

‘Tis the season to celebrate the successes of NYC’s civic tech community in 2016 and to toast to the future that awaits in 2017. Get in the holiday spirit at these upcoming events in the city: Now through December 14  The Glass Room NYC  To passers-by, The Glass Room looks like another slick, clean-lined store...

The post Civic Tech Events This December in NYC appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

Every year, thousands of people gather at the Code for America Summit to discuss how technology can improve our governments and the services that they provide. I had the pleasure of attending the Summit this year in Oakland, CA alongside colleagues from Microsoft and friends from various sectors, all of whom are passionate about advancing...

The post Looking Forward in Civic Tech: Code for America Summit and Beyond appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

It was an honor to join Cornell Tech as they hosted the second annual To Code and Beyond: Computer Science at Play Conference. This conference brings together organizations and contributors to K-12 Computer Science (CS) education who deliver impact not only in the Greater NYC area but across the US and globally. With over 1.1 million youth in...

The post To Code And Beyond — Computer Science at Play at Cornell Tech appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

It’s hard to catch your breath in Quito, Ecuador. Whether it’s the thin air of its 10,000 foot elevation, the natural beauty of its volcanic mountains, or the built beauty of its colonial-era architecture, Quito is a city that leaves you breathless. Last month, 30,000 people came together in the scenic Ecuadorian capital to discuss...

The post Habitat III: A Once-In-A-Generation Civic Experience appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

Just in time for International Pro Bono Week, this past month’s Machine Eatable discussion featured two DataKind volunteers presenting on recent pro bono consulting projects. These DataCorps projects, as they’re called, typically last 3-6 months with volunteers donating a whopping 5-10 hours per week in addition to their full-time jobs. While the projects are pre-scoped by DataKind...

The post Human-Centered, Pro Bono Data Science at Machine Eatable appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am

It’s November and time to give thanks for the advancements our city is making in the Civic Tech space. Show your appreciation and join us this month at these top events around the city: November 1-3  Code for America Summit The Code for America Summit is a roll-up-your-sleeves conference that brings together government innovators, civic-minded...

The post Civic Tech Events This November in NYC appeared first on Microsoft New York.

Director of Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Innovation team in New York City, John leads hands-on engagement with governments, non-profits, for-profits, academic institutions, startups, and civic hackers so that they can do more good together than they could apart. Previously, John served as the Senior Advisor for Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he spearheaded the President’s innovation agenda.