Microsoft is no stranger when it comes to advocating youths and children to achieve their full potential. Continuing this tradition that was started many years ago, Microsoft Malaysia launched its inaugural Innovate for Good event, which is a part of the Microsoft YouthSpark program, which was done in partnership with TakingITGlobal.

Officiated by Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance, alongside Zeenat Rahman, the Secretary of State’s Special Advisor on Global Youth Issues, United States Department of State, the event aims to allow youths to collaborate, inspire and support each other while using technology to make a difference in their communities.

Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan, speaking at the media briefing session for Innovate for Good.

Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan, speaking at the media briefing session for Innovate for Good.

According to Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Irwan, “Young Malaysian entrepreneurs will benefit from the learning and sharing opportunities under programs that encourage creativity and innovation to create successful and sustainable businesses. As the Government turns towards innovation as a key lever to drive the economy, programs like Innovate for Good positively contribute to our national aspiration: to become a developed nation by the year 2020.”.

Team members of EPIC Collaborative and DreamX together with Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia

Team members of EPIC Collaborative and DreamX together with Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia (2nd from left)

The YouthSpark Program is aimed at getting youths to use Microsoft’s wide variety of technological capabilities to help solve issues that would have more common folks ordinarily stumped. About 140 young Malaysians attended the event, learning skills on how to pitch and present ideas from leading social innovation experts. The topics talked about throughout the one-and-a-half day event included education, environment, health, women empowerment and poverty alleviation.

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