Philadelphia's University City Science Center working with Microsoft to improve digital literacy, youth STEM engagement, and more

Microsoft's CityNext program is intended to empower people by transforming cities through knowledge and learning. That is why the company is partnering up with Philadelphia's University City Science Center. After the Democratic National Convention tomorrow, the two will be joint hosting their first Strategic Digital Alliance event.  The new partnership will be focusing their efforts together to offer digital literacy, build up small business and entrepreneurship, focus on health and wellness, and improve youth engagement with STEM subjects.

"Microsoft is thrilled to support the Science Center because we believe that the power of technology helps individuals and communities do more and achieve more, so they can ultimately realize their full potential,” said Donna Woodall, Director Microsoft Citizenship & Public Affairs. “This strategic alliance with the Science Center is exciting as it provides youth with access to coding courses such as video game development and small businesses and entrepreneurs with innovation workshops as well as technology tools to help them reach their goals.”

The event will start at 10 a.m. on Tuesday with a YouthSpark Live Town Hall. Wednesday will follow up with a Healthcare Innovation Roundtable for locals and partners. Microsoft and the Science Center will be offering a DigiCamp program for boys and DigiGirlz Day program for girls, as well as host an educational forum. Interested small businesses or entrepreneurs will find the Microsoft BizSpark program useful as well.

  • July 26th, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT: A YouthSpark Live Town Hall, followed by a luncheon announcing the Strategic Digital Alliance and other community partnerships; and
  • July 27th, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. EDT: a Healthcare Innovation roundtable forum for local members and partners of the Science Center and neighboring healthcare communities.

The programs will be held at the Microsoft Reactor on Market Street. The Strategic Digital Alliance intends to build up the citizens, businessmen, and partners of Philadelphia to improve the city's overall value of living by embracing technology.

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