Microsoft and AIESEC started the Tech Talent 4 Good project with the idea of creating awareness amongst IT students about the opportunities available in the non-corporate sector. Tech Talent 4 Good programme was to bridge the gap between the technology and the talent required to apply it in NGOs, in order to achieve maximum impact.
The first round of Tech Talent 4 Good just ended, the program was much appreciated on all sides, Microsoft, AIESEC, NGOs and Interns, had a great experience during summer 2011 involving Tech Talent in social activities just to contribute to the world.
I have learned [new things] every day and not only about IT, but also about the daily work in a NGO like Save the Children International, Technology plays an important role in the impact NGOs have on the world and I felt like I was part of a change that the world needs.
It has been a motivating experience, and I am sure that it will be really useful for me in the future.--Julian Lopez, Spain | Intern at Save the Children International headquarters, London, UK
I don't know how the placement could have gone better. ... I feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to participate. ... huge thanks to all of you that made it real.--Michalis Tolkas, Greece | Intern at InHope headquarters, Amserdam, Netherlands
The TT4G program prepared me definitively to my future career ... TT4G was a great opportunity to collaborate with an NGO, to know more about it, learning latest Microsoft technologies under its support and meeting amazing people--Liannet Reyes, Cuba | Intern at Doctors Without Borders, Paris, France
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Finally, 10 students were inducted to the TT4G programme and the network of NGOs supporting AIESEC and Microsoft. The winners are:
|Michal Butela||Brussels||Caritas Europe|
|Julian Lopez||London||Save the Children|
|Maria Sotiri||Dublin||Special Olympics|
|Charalambos Zosimides||Dublin||Concern Worldwide|
|Jakub Rybaki||Innsbruck||SOS Children’s Villages|
|Anastasia Mourka||Berlin||Transparency Int’l|
Thanks to the applicants from countries as diverse as Greece, Slovakia, Poland, Spain, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Portugal, Ukraine and Russia. It is a real inspiration to see this generation's enthusiasm to apply technology to enhance and develop cost effective solutions to real time problems.
The interns' roles include deploying Microsoft technology in host NGOs to create customized effective solutions in project management, networking, impact measurement, internal communication, knowledge management and cloud computing.
The internships kicked off in June when Microsoft and NGO representatives joined our new interns at a training event at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center in Brussels, Belgium. The intense and exciting two days together marked the beginning of the 2-month learning experience of the Tech Talent 4 Good interns.
We are proud to share with you conversations and experiences of the interns, the organizations involved and the impact that we are generating with the project:
Unlimited Potential was launched in 2003 with a focus on bringing the benefits of information technology to underserved populations and nonprofits around the world.
In the constant struggle to do more with less, non profit organizations are increasingly turning to technology to improve productivity, collaboration and reduce costs allowing them to focus resources on their core mission. Microsoft helps meets this challenge in part through the Unlimited Potential program by donating close to USD 400 million worth of software each year to help establish stable and secure IT platforms for over 40,000 NGOs and nonprofits globally. In Europe, the Unlimited Potential program is now introducing the Tech Talent 4 Good initiative to match the best IT talent with the needs of non-profit organizations.
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