Microsoft is working with the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, US, to provide local citizens with skills training, technology camps and capacity-building resources for small businesses.
The new strategic digital alliance forms part of Microsoft’s CityNext initiative, and will enable citizens to enhance their digital literacy, small business and entrepreneurship, health and wellness, and youth engagement across a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The Science Center and Microsoft are jointly hosting two events this week, including a lunch to announce the partnership and a healthcare innovation roundtable forum for local members and partners of the Science Center and neighbouring healthcare communities.
“Our Strategic Digital Alliance with Microsoft builds on the work we’ve been doing at the Science Center to support entrepreneurship and engage middle-school STEM students,” says Stephen Tang, Science Center president and CEO. “Together we will be able to reach new audiences and introduce even more people to the transformative power and potential of technology.”
“Microsoft is thrilled to support the Science Center because we believe that the power of technology helps individuals and communities do more and achieve more, so they can ultimately realise their full potential,” said Donna Woodall, director, Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs. “This strategic alliance with the Science Center is exciting as it provides youth with access to coding courses such as video game development and small businesses and entrepreneurs with innovation workshops as well as technology tools to help them reach their goals.”
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