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Microsoft makes $3 million YouthSpark investment in Vietnam's digital future
The investment is part of Council Lead Partner Microsoft's global YouthSpark commitment to empower young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. It will be used to provide technology skills training, along with connections to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young people across Vietnam. "With its large, young, highly mobile and socially engaged population, we believe that the country is poised to fully leverage the power of technology to grow and compete on a global stage," said César Cernuda, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific. "We are making this commitment to empower Vietnam’s digital generation to transform the future and further develop its economy under our YouthSpark program.”
Alstom Grid app provides a deep dive into the energy landscape
Council Lead Partner Alstom Grid, a global leader in the electricity transmission industry, offers a free app that allows iPad users to navigate its complete portfolio of power equipment and software solutions in a real-time 3D environment. Features include guided tours of the energy landscape – the energy highway, smart grid and electrical substations – as well as an optimized library. The app is available on iTunes, the Android Marketplace and a PC version from Alstom Partners.
CRG launches tool that connects arts, culture and community in the cloud
Civic Resource Group International launched CivicConnect™ Project Audience on the Salesforce AppExchange, empowering and enabling arts and cultural organizations and businesses operating in the public sector to connect and provide rich services and cultural experiences to citizens through a variety of digital channels. The tool from Council Associate Partner CRG provides dynamic aggregation, distribution and analysis of cultural data and information for local and large-scale regional events and community programs for the benefit of both organizers and the audience. "It is a stellar example of how the broad public sector -- cities, arts and cultural organizations, transit providers, tourism and economic development, etc. -- can make disparate sources of data and information more useful to citizens and businesses and better engage them," noted CRG CEO Gregory G. Curtin.
Black & Veatch exec: Improving 'bankability' can bridge Asia's infrastructure gap
Developing countries across Asia could access potentially billions of more dollars to improve their water, energy and telecommunications infrastructure. The failure to effectively connect capital to major infrastructure projects is holding back progress, according to Mitesh Patel, the new head of Council Associate Partner Black & Veatch’s Management Consulting business in Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. "What it calls for," suggests Patel, "is better planning and deeper assessment of technical and commercial project risk, as well as closer collaboration between governments, private financiers and developers to improve the certainty of returns on investments."
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