Microsoft Malaysia has launched its inaugural Innovate for Good event – a Microsoft YouthSpark program in partnership with TakingITGlobal that enables youth to collaborate, inspire and support each other while using technology to make a difference in their communities, and provides the tools and resources needed to bring their ideas to reality.
[Group photo with the participants of Innovate for Good in Malaysia – third row from the front, third from left (L-R):Zeenat Rahman, the Secretary of State’s Special Advisor on Global Youth Issues, United States Department of State, Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia, Dr. Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Corporation, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance Malaysia.]
Innovate for Good brings together youth from around the world in local events and in a global online community to provide support for their ideas on making a difference. To this community, Microsoft brings the knowledge that the company has gained for more than 30 years as well as active engagement in more than 100 countries around the world.
Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia, added, “We are very excited to be launching the Innovate for Good initiative in Malaysia. The Government is an active supporter of youth innovation and we are firmly behind the vision of the leaders of the country through this platform. Innovate for Good will provide entrepreneurship programs and events in conjunction with local and international partners including government agencies and international entities such as TakingITGlobal, to facilitate opportunities for our youth, connecting them to others in a community who want to make a real impact for a better tomorrow. Through this initiative, our youth will discover how others have used Microsoft technology and programs to do amazing things, and have access to the same Microsoft tools and resources to work together to create and seize new opportunities.”
“Since Microsoft established its presence in this country 20 years ago, our technology has helped transform the way people work, learn, play and communicate. Social entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly important and is highly needed for economic and social development as it adds both economic and social values, helping create new employment opportunities and at the same time – with the help of technology – providing unconventional products and services that contribute to addressing societal needs and confront them in innovative ways. We share the Government’s emphasis on driving a knowledge- and innovation-based economy, and we are committed to supporting the Government’s efforts in this same breath to empower our youth to make a real difference for the nation and build a better future for all,” Lacerda emphasized.
More details on Innovate for Good, hit this link.