Houston and Microsoft

Houston officials announced Microsoft and Houston are teaming up to innovate and further computer literacy. Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city is the first in the country to partner with the tech giant to come up with new solutions and making the city more computer literate.

“On a long-term basis, Microsoft will up Houston’s technology game, starting at the grassroots,” Mayor Turner stated in a May 4th news release.

The agreement calls for Microsoft to:

— Promote and establish programs that help STEM education and economic development for the city, local government and non-profits

—Have technology events to help Houston’s youth with employment, careers and entrepreneurship

— Provide online courses and educational materials to schools, staffs and students

–Adopt one or more schools as tech advancement labs, provide free softward and support to start businesses

— Have camps for high school girls to learn about careers in technology, science, engineering and mathematics and provide computer training.

–Host computer skill improvement classes for parents, veterans and people in between careers

–Set up software or hardware of a website for the “Houston Still Needs You” that records volunteer work hours during the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. The volunteer hours would be used “to offset the amount of money the city must pay to complement FEMA assistance,” according to the news release.

“Microsoft chose us because of the ambitious goal I set for Houston to grow technology innovation as its next economic frontier–after doing the same thing with energy, medicine, space exploration and the port,” Mayor Turner said.

The mayor added the city combined 3 start-up groups into one into one innovation team called Houston Exponential in 2017.  Last month, officials announced the 1938 Sears Building in Midtown will become an innovation center involving Rice University and the city’s major colleges and universities.  Last week, it was announced the Texas Medical Center will create a third campus with large medical and learning institutions to form “the world’s finest bio-med research center.”

 

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