Voices for Innovation

Voices for Innovation (VFI) is a Microsoft supported community of technology professionals and everyday Americans who help advance technology, IT job growth, and businesses of all sizes. As empowered citizen advocates, we work together to shape public policies for our 21st century digital economy and society.

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vfi_arrow_sm.png Support Computer Science in K-12 Classrooms
The U.S. leads the world in technology innovation, but our leadership is jeopardized by insufficient support for computer science education in our nation’s K-12 schools. Even as our economy is increasingly driven by information technology, only one of four K-12 schools in the U.S. offers any computer science courses. Learn what we're doing to help and take action here!
vfi_arrow_sm.png Support Improving American Apprenticeship Programs
Our nation will benefit if more Americans have the opportunity to develop in-demand skills for a range of sectors, including technology, healthcare, and manufacturing. Email your Senators to voice your support for the Effective Apprenticeships Rebuild National Skills (EARNS) Act (S. 2945), which will improve and expand opportunities for Americans to receive advanced skills training, earn industry certifications, and secure family-wage employment. Take action now!
vfi_arrow_sm.png Tell Congress: Support Email Privacy, Pass the LEADS Act
Email Congress today to voice your support for the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS Act). If enacted, this bill will provide digital communications with the same privacy protections as letters sent by mail. Legal support for digital privacy will foster growth and innovation in cloud computing. Take action by writing a letter!
vfi_arrow_sm.png Check out the LEADS Action Center
Learn more about the LEADS Act and what you can do to help on our LEADS Action Center.
vfi_arrow_sm.png Support CS Education for Students
VFI is proud to support the Computer Science Education Coalition (CSEC), with a goal of increasing federal funding for computer science education. Find out more about the Coalition, sign our petition, and tweet at your members of Congress to support computer science education in America's classrooms.
vfi_arrow_sm.png Policy Challenges and Partner Opportunities in U.S. Education
Margo Day, the dynamic head of U.S. Education for Microsoft, presents on the unique opportunities and challenges for Microsoft and Microsoft Partners in K-12 and higher education. Learn how Voices for Innovation advocates can help improve U.S. STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education, promote computer science in the classroom, and support public policies that help prepare our nation's workforce for the digital economy.
vfi_arrow_sm.png Getting from Now to Next: The Invisible Revolution
Watch this webinar to learn how Microsoft Research is addressing key challenges to increase productivity, improve software testing, and lower costs, and learn how you and your customers can access Microsoft Research technologies to enhance your products and services.
vfi_arrow_sm.png How Microsoft's Cybersecurity Benefits Your Customers
In this webinar, Chris Krebs, Director, Cybersecurity Policy at Microsoft, discusses how Microsoft is leading the way in developing and deploying the most advanced cybersecurity technology and services, government proposals to address IT security and privacy challenges, and why technology professionals should be part of the conversation.