Microsoft Hosts Jordan’s First YouthSpark Live Event

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  • The Microsoft Round Table - (Source)
  • Mary Snapp addressing the audience at the YouthSpark Event - (Source)

AMMAN —AlGhad— As part of its vision to bring technology to everyone, Microsoft hosted Jordan’s inaugural YouthSpark Live event at the Princess Rahma School for Girls in Amman on 29 and 30 March, in co-operation with the Jordan Education Initiative.

Hosted by Microsoft Philanthropies Corporate VP, Mary Snapp, the event connected Microsoft and government other technology experts with 100 teenage students from public schools and encouraged the students to pursue a degree in computer science.

 Students were given the chance to discuss today’s economic challenges, while also being introduced to the latest technological trends that can help facilitate societal change. In addition, they attended tech sessions such as Hour of Code—a tutorial event that has reached tens of millions of students worldwide—and were trained by Microsoft Student Partners (MSPs) on TouchDevelop and OfficeMix.

"Microsoft has always believed in the power of technology, and how it can help transform a nation’s future for the better,” says Snapp. “I am delighted to see that the youth in Jordan are quite familiar with current technological trends, as well as their eagerness for continual learning. We hope this event further sparks their passion for careers in technology, and in so many other fields that today require digital skills.”

Since its establishment in Jordan, Microsoft has spearheaded many academic programs that aim to foster innovation. Central to these programs is the Microsoft Academic Accelerator, which has provided development training for dozens of students in coding, entrepreneurial skills, project management, and design.

The annual Imagine Cup competition is another program that brings together students from across the world to solve existing problems by designing an app or a game. During the YouthSpark Live event, students met with five Imagine Cup winners from Jordan, who spoke about their experience and the benefits they gained from taking part in the competition.

“Microsoft Jordan has been quite active in helping to develop the education system through initiatives like these," says Hussein Malhas, Microsoft's Country Manager in Jordan. "We want to build an ecosystem where innovation can fuel economic growth, and that's why we have been focusing on IT programs at our schools and universities.”