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What I Learned at Microsoft Inspire 2019

Posted by David Pryor - August 22, 2019 11:11 PM

This summer, I traveled to Las Vegas to attend my first Microsoft Inspire conference. It was a great opportunity for me to introduce partners to VFI, as well as to strengthen my ties with our partner leaders. I also got a chance to connect with many Microsoft executives and managers who help make the partner program a great success. Highlights...

VFI Partners with AvePoint for #ShiftHappens

Posted by David Pryor - August 7, 2019 3:08 PM

Earlier this year, I found out that Microsoft partner AvePoint was organizing a June conference in Washington DC, called #ShiftHappens. AvePoint’s CMO is Dux Raymond Sy—and Dux is a member of Voices for Innovation’s Advisory Task Force. Dux reached out and invited me to participate. As the new director of Voices for Innovation, I thought supporting #ShiftHappens would be a...

VFI Collaborates with the Cybersecurity Tech Accord

Posted by Voices For Innovation - June 3, 2019 9:56 AM

Launched in 2018, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord recently reached out to Voices for Innovation to bring new companies aboard. We’re proud to say that numerous VFI leaders enlisted their companies to join this initiative. The Cybersecurity Tech Accord promotes a safer online world by fostering collaboration among global technology companies committed to protecting their customers and users and helping them...

Sensible Public Policies Needed for Facial Recognition

Posted by Voices For Innovation - January 16, 2019 9:44 AM

Recently, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for “governments in 2019 to start adopting laws to regulate” facial recognition. He discussed this issue as well at an event at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. In his blog, Smith noted that facial recognition, “brings important and even exciting societal benefits but also the potential for abuse.” When misused, facial recognition can...

Progress on Rural Broadband

Posted by Voices For Innovation - December 11, 2018 10:38 AM

Over the last 17 months, Microsoft has forged partnerships with local internet providers to bring broadband connectivity to 1 million Americans in rural communities who currently lack high-speed access. On December 4, the company pledged to help bring broadband connectivity to 3 million rural Americans by 2022 — upping its previous pledge of 2 million. This expansion of broadband to...

Hour of Code 2018 is Fast Approaching—Sign Up to Voluntee...

Posted by Voices For Innovation - November 5, 2018 2:12 PM

Hour of Code™ 2018 is just a few weeks away—running from December 3-9. We strongly encourage VFI members to volunteer to host an Hour of Code session in their community—at a school, a community center, or even a Microsoft Store. Launched in 2013 as part of Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code has become a global phenomenon that reaches...