Thoughts from Microsoft Ireland
A random collection of news and links about Microsoft Ireland by Tom Murphy
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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...
2 Dec 2008
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...
23 Nov 2008
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...
6 Oct 2008
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)...
29 Sep 2008
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...
23 Jul 2008
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...
22 Jul 2008
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...
9 Jul 2008
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...
7 May 2008
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...
24 Apr 2008
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...
5 Mar 2008
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...
7 Feb 2008
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...
7 Feb 2008
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...
6 Feb 2008
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...
3 Jan 2008
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...
12 Dec 2007
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...
10 Dec 2007
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...
6 Dec 2007
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...
2 Dec 2007
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