Microsoft Accelerating Asia Pacific 2011 Summit
Microsoft recently hosted its second annual Accelerating Asia Pacific summit, which brought together some of its representatives, key non-profit partners and community leaders to discuss how they can rapidly accelerate social, economic and environmental change in the region. Held at the Royale Chulan Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the event - which takes place from 6-7 December 2011 - saw a series of panels on the first day, highlighting how Microsoft's technology and local partnerships are having a positive impact on addressing pressing societal issues including driving economic growth in Asia, fostering healthy communities and forging sustainable partnership with public, private and people sectors.
"Emerging markets in Asia Pacific have the opportunity to become the big winners of a post-recession world if they continue to grow their focus on fostering innovation, developing businesses and increasing labor market efficiency," said Microsoft Asia Pacific's Vice President Alvaro Celis. "Innovation will drive the region's national competitiveness and core to the rise of Asia has been a preparedness to stick to the course when it comes to the development of innovation, talent and infrastructure."
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Noharuddin Nordin, who officiated at the event, also gave the keynote speech about the importance of developing creativity, as well as knowledge-based tech industries, in order to boost innovation and build a high income nation by 2020.
The conference also saw the launch of one of Microsoft's global programs, which provides software to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) through TechSoup Asia. This program, which has already been rolled-out in over 38 countries has benefited more than 40,000 NGOs, and will be available for the first time in Malaysia, allowing qualified Malaysian-based NGOs to request a wide range of software product donations including operating system software, Microsoft Office and server products. Besides that, Infoshare, a Microsoft non-profit partner from Sri Lanka also launched Kavakatu, a web-based application for monitoring and evaluating civil society projects.
The conference, which gathered speakers from all over the region including Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand, also featured several student demonstration booths outside of the ballroom where it was held, which offered guests and participants a chance to get up close and personal with the variety of solutions and appliances of Microsoft technology.
The summit, which will resume for its second and last day tomorrow, will bring participants on a site visit of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and Microsoft Innovation Center.