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O n May 25, Microsoft invited
local NGOs for a day long
conversation about what, exactly,
the Redmond software company
could do for non-governmental
organisations in T&T.
It s a day they call Technology for
Good, but it s only the tip of the
spear of a corporate social respon-
sibility project that s spent US$462
million in cash, software and services
in Latin America to more than 6,000
In the regions the company
describes as Latam New Markets,
Microsoft has donated more than
US$92 million dollars in cash, soft-
ware and services to more than 850
The company is particularly bullish
about its, "public cloud for public
good" project, and will commit US$1
billion in cloud computing services
to 70k NGOs over the next three
This year s Technology for Good
day, held at the T&T Chamber of
Commerce and enjoying both that
organisation s endorsement and sup-
port, was a mix of demonstrations,
success stories and explanations of
the leveraging potential of the com-
pany s products.
In T&T, Microsoft has donated
more than TT$20 million in software
donations to eligible NGOs and has
signed seven NGO s to receive the
Office365 donation from Microsoft.
At the event, Marketing Commu-
nications manager for Microsoft TT,
Monique Ragbir acknowledged the
difficulty of achieving full NGO sta-
tus in T&T, and promised refreshed
efforts to persuade the company to
adjust its very firm requirements for
eligibility in the programme.
In a tightly produced video, Dr
Surujpal Teelucksingh spoke about
the prevalence of diabetes in child-
birth and the 1,000 cases of diabetes
that occur among the 20,000 births
locally every year.
Keen to address the issue of hypo-
glycemia in pregnancy, his team has
been working with Microsoft to
develop HiPTT, an app hosted on
the Azure platform that connects
doctors, labs and health institutions
to review results for pregnant
patients who are monitoring their
blood glucose levels.
Dr Teelucksingh hopes that the
software will create an environment
in which all the parties involved can
work together to address the problem.
Microsoft announced the CSR ini-
tiative in June 2014
(http://ow.ly/3EfL300W2DP), and a
key adopter is Alta, the adult literacy
NGO led by Paula Lucie-Smith.
According to Lucie-Smith, Alta
has benefited from free software
from Microsoft since 2000, and the
upgrade to O365 was welcomed. The
implementation happened between
February and April 2015, led by
Chuck Stuart of Icons Company and
the organisation has been using it
"The package comes with inte-
grated online Outlook, SharePoint
and OneDrive storage of a terabyte
per user," said Lucie-Smith.
"These all matched the needs aris-
ing out of Alta s work conducting
free adult literacy classes and the
Alta Online project. For both, Alta
needs to share and work on files
online as persons need access offsite.
Alta Online is a web-based version
of the Alta Reading Programme
planned for launch in 2017.
"This interactive software will
allow low literates to develop their
reading and spelling skills. The devel-
opment team will expand our use of
SharePoint and begin to use OneDrive
to house and manage the files.
"The project has evolved through
the usage going from that of use
strictly by in-house staff, to pro-
viding access to external persons for
Alta Online (National, Regional
Coordinators and Special Project
team members)," said Karelle Clark,
Alta s office manager, and the line
liaison for the implementation.
"No new features, just learning
how to really maximise the benefits
from the software provided. Still,
many features to be mastered by all.
"To assist with this I created a
How-to Guide which provides step-
by-step instructions on how to utilise
key O365 features. If any technical
issues arose, which have been min-
imal, Icons has assisted to alleviate
the problem," Clark said.
Microsoft hopes to extend the
project to 100 per cent of all eligible
NGOs in T&T and to other islands
in the region where the cloud-based
O365 is available.
Microsoft advises NGOs on tech
NGO representatives listen to Microsoft's Andrew Persad, centre standing,
as he guides them through the use of Office 365 at Technology for Good
day at the Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO: MARK LYNDERSAY
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