Introducing... #Tech4Good

In our latest post, the Tech4Good Intern Stretch Project team got in touch with us to tell us all a little about what they do, and how to get involved as an intern at Microsoft!

As an intern at Microsoft, you get the chance to get involved in stretch projects (internally referred to as 101 teams). We’re the #Tech4Good team and we are a group of 10 interns whose aim is to revolutionise the way charities innovatively engage and deliver impact through technology. We will be challenging misconceptions about technology within the third sector and showing how Microsoft products can help them function more efficiently and more effectively by holding #UpgradeYourWorld Workshops, Tech4Good Days (available to ALL charities) and Hackathons!

Read on to find out more about our most recent workshop, undertaken in collaboration with Comic Relief!

Last week, we ran our #UpgradeYourWorld/Tech4Good Workshop in partnership with Comic Relief at Cardinal Place in London. Representatives from 23 UK causes joined people from across Microsoft for a day of presentations, workshops and brainstorming to explore some of the ways charities can better use technology to advance the valuable work they do.

The day kicked off with an introduction from Hugh Milward, Microsoft’s Director of Corporate Affairs, who explained how the principle of Tech4Good also remains a key initiative for Microsoft, not least as a means of reflecting our ambition to use technology to achieve maximum societal impact.

A workshop from Microsoft Ventures followed, drawing on their experience with mentoring start-ups to provide valuable insight into how organizations can accelerate their use of technology. As part of this, charities were invited to come up with their top 3 business challenges, which would be further explored during the day.

The classroom was then split into zones, allowing smaller groups to explore the subjects that interested them most. We were joined by some Social Tech specialists including Julie Dodd, creator of the New Reality, who were on hand to share their connections and experience of using tech to amplify marketing narratives.

Tech Evangelist Andrew Spooner (from our Developer team, DX) closed of the day with a lively session covering how app development can be used to engage more volunteers’/key stakeholders and improve charity reach and impact. He also shared insight into the future of technology with the likes of HoloLens. There was also valuable insight shared from our Data Platform team into how big data could be utilized by charities, including machine learning and analytics.
Finally, Comic Relief had its own advice to other attendees interested in applying for a share of the twin £20,000 grants awarded to Comic Relief from the #UpgradeYourWorld fund this Autumn. As the day’s activities wound down, the 50 or so attendees seemed inspired by the various lessons learned and we are all excited to see how the charities continue their journeys of Digital Transformation over the course of 2016.

Watch this space as we work on bringing more inspiring Tech4Good days in the new year! And don’t forgot to follow us at @mscharitiesuk if you are on twitter.

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