United Way’s Skype Surprise of a Lifetime

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In the offices of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, it was whispered about, hoped for, tantalized—but none of us could ever see a way to do it. How could we capture the moment. Every year, United Way gives out Marian L. Heard Scholarships to a selection of incoming college students from Boston, […]

3 Not-To-Miss Events This Week at Microsoft New England

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Stop tweeting about summer’s end and start tweeting about these great upcoming events! Here are three not to miss this week: 1) IT Series: Resourcing for Innovation and Idea Incubation At Microsoft Technology Center in the Envisioning Room Tuesday, August 26, 8:00am – 9:30am Twitter: @MSNewEngland, @BABCNE, @MassChallenge Join Steve Ramsay, Director of the Microsoft Enterprise Technology Center - Boston and speakers from […]

Microsoft New York Fellows Do Boston, Win HubHacks Challenge

(L-R) Ken Chan (Microsoft), Sam Berg, J. Kirschner, Fatima Sarah Khalid (Microsoft), and Andrew Arace.
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While hundreds of hackers were participating in Battlehack Boston this weekend—a global competition with the end game of $100,000—there was a very different sort of Hackathon happening at District Hall. HubHacks, the first public sector hackathon organized by our new tech and social media savvy mayor Marty Walsh with his Office of New Urban Mechanics […]

More Than Words: A Look at the Many Accessible Technologies at the UMass Amherst Public Library

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You may know that the University of Massachusetts Amherst has a public library. What you probably don’t know is all of the forward-thinking technological gems inside. “UMass culture is about trying new things and taking risks,” Carol Connare, Director of Library Development & Communication told Microsoft New England. “Academic libraries are really changing.” Ethnographic studies […]