Enable Ireland & Microsoft Ireland Recognised with Top European Award

Enable Ireland’s National Assistive Technology Training Centre has received a gold medal from the European Commission for its innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for people with disabilities. This medal is in recognition of the launch of Ireland’s first National AT Training Centre, by Enable Ireland and with the support of Microsoft Ireland,…

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Partnering for Success conference explores how NGOs can address emerging challenges

Last week in Croke Park, the “Partnering for Success” conference took place with over 200 attendees and a waiting list of over 80 organisations.  The event provided Irish community and voluntary sector (C&V) organisations with an insight into the leadership and management challenges facing organisations in Ireland and how both the private sector and the…

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Enable Ireland-Microsoft partnership recognised as CSR best practice

This week marks the second annual Corporate Responsibility Week in Ireland, an initiative driven by Business in the Community Ireland (BITC). As part of the Corporate Responsibility week, BITC have published the fifth "Inspiring Excellence" publication, which provides case studies on Corporate Responsibility initiatives and projects undertaken by companies in Ireland over the past twelve…

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Irish companies need to re-think how they dispose of old PCs

Microsoft Ireland is asking Irish companies to re-assess how they manage the disposal of end-of-life PCs and to consider the re-use of the computers they’re replacing. Currently the vast majority of Irish business PCs end up in storage or landfill but the Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher (MAR) programme offers an alternative. The programme enables companies to…

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Case Study: How ICT training helps people to reach employment

The University of Washington has published a case study looking at how the Digital Community Programme is addressing the issue of long-term unemployment in Dublin’s inner-city. The programme focusing on the provision of IT access and training to people living in the inner city flat complexes and provides training and support from basic digital literacy…

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How software helps a youth community programme

There’s an interesting case study online (PDF) about how Laurencetown, Lenaderg, and Tullyish Community Association in Northern Ireland was able to kick-start a youth programme in the local community centre using Microsoft Office and Microsoft Encarta through the technology donations programme. The technology donations programme offers all qualifying non-profit organisations access to Microsoft products and…

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Microsoft Launches New Online Resource for Nonprofit Groups

Microsoft is today launching a new online resources for nonprofit organisations. NGO Connection provides a single portal for technology resources, knowledge sharing, community building and real-life examples of how nonprofit organizations are using technology. NGO Connection makes it easy for nonprofits to access the complete range of Microsoft resources and offerings, from technology donations to…

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Microsoft releases DAISY plug-in for visual impaired computer users

Microsoft and the DAISY Consortium have announced the availability of a new “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Microsoft Office Word which enables anyone to create content and documents for blind individuals. The “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Word was developed as an open source collaboration project on SourceForge.net, and enables any Open XML-based…

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Technology Donations programme launches in Northern Ireland

Ms. Margaret Richie, Minister for Social Development in Northern Ireland has officially launched a technology donation programme for non-profit organisations in Northern Ireland. The programme, run by Charity Technology Trust, is supported by Microsoft, Cisco and Symantec and will provide every qualifying non profit with access to technology donations from the supporting companies. It is…

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Dublin Inner City IT training centres upgraded

Minister of State Pat Carey today announced that ten Digital Community Centres across the inner city of Dublin have been upgraded to provide the local community with access and training on the latest technologies. The Digital Community Project aims to combat the ‘digital divide’ in inner-city communities. The project has recently secured over €100,000 funding…

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