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A letter from a middle school student in Nevada reminded us about the power of his favorite subject. As everyone’s heading back to school, we’re celebrating the sharp students and dedicated teachers whose passions for learning empower us all. Click the link in our bio to watch the full video.

Girls Make Games: it's a summer camp for making video games. And with the help of these young creators, it'll soon be an industry-wide statement of fact. Click the link in our bio to learn more.

“My goal at every show is to connect.” We worked with DJ and producer @AlisonWonderland to help her do just that by taking her live visual experience to the next level ahead of her upcoming worldwide tour. The end result is a custom Surface-powered tour kit that can be controlled from the stage. The compact set-up works with Kinect in real time to tailor visuals to any venue, and insert her human element and distinct style into each performance.

The @EmpowermentPlan makes more than coats. They're making dreams come true for formerly-homeless employees like Jessica West. Jessica has already been promoted from seamstress to floor manager, and hopes to keep moving up at The Empowerment Plan. She's pursuing her bachelor’s degree for leadership and organizational studies, and recently participated in a tech training workshop hosted by the Greater Detroit @MicrosoftStore that made her think not just about tech, but her own goals as well. "I want to grow to the top and blossom. And now I'm able to plant my own seeds." Learn more about Jessica, The Empowerment Plan, and the recent tech workshop at the link in our bio.

For 15 years, Imagine Cup has invited students around the world to bring their biggest, boldest ideas to life. This year, Team X.GLU from the Czech Republic won the $200K prize package with their project that helps people with diabetes better cope with the disease's symptoms. Congratulations to our new Imagine Cup winners, and to all 54 student teams who participated. 🏆🏅Learn more by clicking the link in our bio.

“Today has changed my life.” When nine-year-old Momo received a fully-functional robotic arm, built by Easton LaChappelle, she spent the day practicing different hand positions – from high-fives and fist bumps, to handshakes and hearts. Moving forward, Momo's input will be instrumental in helping Easton engineer artificial limbs at costs radically lower than traditional prosthetics. Get the full story at the link in our bio.

“I don’t know of any job where there’s not a computer involved in some kind of way, shape or form.“ That's why Shy Averett, the Community Development Specialist at Greater Detroit’s @MicrosoftStore, is intent on helping people everywhere gain digital literacy skills. Her team recently hosted a 10-week technology workshop series for employees of The @EmpowermentPlan, a local nonprofit that employs formerly homeless single mothers. From PowerPoint presentations to resume building, the workshops were designed to arm the women with the tech skills necessary to pursue their dreams. Learn more at the link in our bio.

The @empowermentplan is a different kind of employer. They hire homeless parents and teach valuable trade skills, so employees can build stable futures for their families. Every day at 3PM, seamstresses stop sewing and start taking classes. From leadership to computer literacy, it’s empowering them to both imagine a brighter future and make it a reality. See how tech is helping them take the next step at the link in our bio.

Nine-year-old Momo excels in academics and athletics, from poetry improvisation to horseback riding. She was also born without a right forearm and hand, and has used a basic prosthetic with limited movement since the age of 4. Now, Momo is the first recipient of an artificial limb technology developed by 21-year-old robotics engineer Easton LaChappelle that could impact millions of people all over the world.

Hugging loved ones. Opening doors. Tying shoelaces. Easton LaChappelle is focused on providing people with affordable robotic limbs and access to simple moments like these. Though technology is behind each and every aspect of his story, the heart of his work lies with the people whose lives it will change. Get the full story at the link in our bio.

One of the many partners we met at #MSInspire was Dmytro Kostyk, CEO of @Kodisoft. Kodisoft is a Microsoft Partner that makes this amazing interactive table for restaurants. This Windows IoT powered device has a 4K waterproof screen that's spillproof and super durable. Always impressed with the people who make things with the things that we make.

See more from Microsoft Inspire on our Instagram story.

Taking a look in the rear view mirror at the @racesonoma #TSM350. From shaving seconds off pit stops, to enabling even more precision among race officials, Microsoft technology powers the most critical moments of @NASCAR races. Tools like the Surface Dial and the race management app, built on Windows 10 and the Microsoft Cloud, make the racing experience faster, safer and more efficient - every lap of the way.

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