Microsoft Corporation, along with North Dakota Information Technology, EduTech and Gateway to Science, launched a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) portal designed to help fill the growing need for PPE through the state. The initiative is supported by a Microsoft Philanthropies Tech Spark grant and involves a coalition of public and private sector partners engaged in supporting 21st century education as part of the state's K-20W Initiative. Gateway to Science and EduTech worked with those partners to formalize the effort and identify cutting-edge technologies like 3D printers that can be used to create cost-effective, reusable face shields. Vetted by the North Dakota Department of Health, the face shields will be donated to those in need. The PPE portal also creates a central hub for identifying broader PPE needs, connecting needs to available resources, and ensuring the PPE being produced meets medical standards. Learn more.
In a time of uncertainty, organizations around the world continue to selflessly serve those in need but may be lacking resources or supplies. Compass Group, Microsoft’s campus dining service, donated $1,800 of food to YWCA Cass Clay's Emergency Shelter. Fruits, vegetables, and milk were delivered to help with food needs to allow staff to focus on their mission of eliminating racism and empowering women in our community.