TechSpark: Inspiring teen uses tech for good
Learn about how Wendy Sandoval, an El Paso student inventor, is using technology to change the world and inspire her peers to take advantage of technology.
The Microsoft TechSpark program
Fostering economic opportunity and job creation in partnership with communities across the US.
Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not
Rapid advances in technology are creating new opportunities, but for many, they remain out of reach. TechSpark partners locally to ensure everyone can benefit from the digital economy through our tools and resources.
Promoting digital skills and employability
Technology is reshaping how people work, yet many do not have the digital skills needed to succeed in the changing workforce. TechSpark is helping to close the skills gap and prepare employers to hire and support employees in new ways.
Increasing access to broadband
Nearly 157.3 million Americans lack access to high-speed internet (broadband) and the educational and economic opportunities it provides. TechSpark is connecting communities to broadband through the Airband Initiative and partnerships with local providers.
Helping local organizations thrive
Advances in technology like cloud computing and AI can help transform organizations, but those without the resources to adopt them may be left behind. TechSpark helps nonprofits, startups, and companies leverage the power of technology to grow, innovate, and compete.
Where and how we work
In each community, we partner across sectors to understand the unique regional challenges and to explore solutions, programs, and partnerships that will be most effective at the local level. Local TechSpark leaders are on the ground in each region advocating for their community.
Fargo, North Dakota
We’re focusing on helping higher education students see first-hand how AI and cloud computing can transform the agriculture industry.
El Paso, Texas
We’re helping locals enable technology to promote digital skilling, streamline operations, create lines of business, and drive economic growth in our bi-national community with Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
We’re fostering partnerships with nonprofit organizations to help new businesses and local talent enable innovative, explorative, and transformative solutions that can help the region grow.
Driving impact through local people
Check out TechSpark’s efforts throughout the US and the inspiring people behind it all.
Regional signature projects
TitletownTech (Green Bay, WI)
A unique partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, TitletownTech helps build and amplify startup success by providing expertise, mentors, talent, and capital to entrepreneurs.
Grand Farm (Fargo, ND)
Grand Farm is leading a revolution in AgTech through partnering Microsoft technology with North Dakota farmers and entrepreneurs to create a world-class ag innovation center and "farm of the future."
Bridge Accelerator (El Paso, TX + Ciudad Juarez, MX)
The Bridge Accelerator is a bi-national training program aimed at expanding the development of the cross-border region's technology ecosystem through manufacturing, entrepreneurial, and digital skills programs.
SOVA Innovation Hub (South Boston, VA)
Designed to spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia, the Innovation Hub offers digital skills education, workforce training, and a state-of-the-art coworking facility.
Join us in advancing a future for everyone
Tackling these issues is complex and requires collective local effort. We’re creating deep, long‐term community partnerships to help spark economic investment, job creation, and opportunity.