Thoughts from Microsoft Ireland

A random collection of news and links about Microsoft Ireland by Tom Murphy

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  • Blog Post: Enable Ireland & Microsoft Ireland Recognised with Top European Award

    Enable Ireland’s National Assistive Technology Training Centre has received a gold medal from the European Commission for its innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for people with disabilities. This medal is in recognition of the launch of Ireland’s first National AT Training...
  • Blog Post: Partnering for Success conference explores how NGOs can address emerging challenges

    Last week in Croke Park, the “Partnering for Success” conference took place with over 200 attendees and a waiting list of over 80 organisations.  The event provided Irish community and voluntary sector (C&V) organisations with an insight into the leadership and management challenges facing organisations...
  • Blog Post: Enable Ireland-Microsoft partnership recognised as CSR best practice

    This week marks the second annual Corporate Responsibility Week in Ireland, an initiative driven by Business in the Community Ireland (BITC). As part of the Corporate Responsibility week, BITC have published the fifth "Inspiring Excellence" publication, which provides case studies on Corporate...
  • Blog Post: Irish companies need to re-think how they dispose of old PCs

    Microsoft Ireland is asking Irish companies to re-assess how they manage the disposal of end-of-life PCs and to consider the re-use of the computers they’re replacing. Currently the vast majority of Irish business PCs end up in storage or landfill but the Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher (MAR)...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: How ICT training helps people to reach employment

    The University of Washington has published a case study looking at how the Digital Community Programme is addressing the issue of long-term unemployment in Dublin's inner-city. The programme focusing on the provision of IT access and training to people living in the inner city flat complexes and provides...
  • Blog Post: How software helps a youth community programme

    There's an interesting case study online (PDF) about how Laurencetown, Lenaderg, and Tullyish Community Association in Northern Ireland was able to kick-start a youth programme in the local community centre using Microsoft Office and Microsoft Encarta through the technology donations programme. The technology...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Launches New Online Resource for Nonprofit Groups

    Microsoft is today launching a new online resources for nonprofit organisations. NGO Connection provides a single portal for technology resources, knowledge sharing, community building and real-life examples of how nonprofit organizations are using technology. NGO Connection makes it easy for nonprofits...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases DAISY plug-in for visual impaired computer users

    Microsoft and the DAISY Consortium have announced the availability of a new “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Microsoft Office Word which enables anyone to create content and documents for blind individuals. The “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Word was developed as an open source...
  • Blog Post: Technology Donations programme launches in Northern Ireland

    Ms. Margaret Richie, Minister for Social Development in Northern Ireland has officially launched a technology donation programme for non-profit organisations in Northern Ireland. The programme, run by Charity Technology Trust, is supported by Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec and will provide every qualifying...
  • Blog Post: Dublin Inner City IT training centres upgraded

    Minister of State Pat Carey today announced that ten Digital Community Centres across the inner city of Dublin have been upgraded to provide the local community with access and training on the latest technologies. The Digital Community Project aims to combat the ‘digital divide’ in inner...
  • Blog Post: Help Irish charities to take advantage of technology

    Since the Technology Donations programme launched just before Christmas, Irish charities have secured €55,000 worth of Microsoft software products. However with an estimated 5,000 non-profit organisations around Ireland eligible for the programme we're only barely scratching the surface. If you...
  • Blog Post: Call for Irish Companies to Donate "End of Life" PCs..

    Last year Microsoft Ireland launched a programme designed to encourage companies to donate end-of-life PCs to Irish refurbishers who will service and update the machines, install a fresh copy of Microsoft Windows and channel those machines to schools and charities. The programme has the dual benefits...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ireland Launches Staff Volunteering Programme

    We've just launched a new staff volunteering programme.  Every full time employee at Microsoft Ireland now has three full days to volunteer to the community project of their choice. There has been incredible interest around the programme and we're asking charities and community groups interested...
  • Blog Post: What about hardware donations for non-profits in Ireland?

    A quick follow up post on the announcement of the Technology Donations programme last month. [ Quick recap: the programme, which is supported in Ireland by Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec provides local non-profits with access to technology donations] A few people have been in touch to ask if the programme...
  • Blog Post: New Technology Donation Programme for Every Non-Profit Organisation in Ireland

    Earlier today a new national technology donations for non profit organisations in Ireland was launched in Dublin. The programme, which is run by ENCLUDE and supported by Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec aims to provide non-profits with access to technology donations from the supporting companies. It is...
  • Blog Post: New Industry Alliance Formed to Address Accessibility and Interoperability

    A group of information and assistive technology companies today announced the Accessibility Interoperability Alliance (AIA), an engineering work group dedicated to: "enabling developers to more easily create accessible software, hardware and Web products. Those solutions will reduce barriers to...
  • Blog Post: Assistive Technology Graduation

    Earlier this week we hosted this year's Enable Ireland National High-Tech Assistive Technlogy (AT) course graduation.  There were over forty graduates conferred by Dr. Frank McMahon from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Senator David Norris, who was the guest of honour at the event. The...
  • Blog Post: Changing Lives with Technology

    While many things are purported to be "life changing", in reality very few things actually have that impact on a life.  But I believe that Assistive Technology is one such life changing agent. The subject of this post is the headline from a report in Friday's Irish Times on the launch...
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