TechSoup & Microsoft Malaysia have hit the road this past March to kick-off their Tech4Good roadshow, beginning with a 2-day training in Ipoh, Malaysia. With the central theme of ‘Modern Nonprofit’, this year’s Tech4Good series in Malaysia has been restructured into a series of on-the-ground training events, delivering Microsoft expertise directly to NGOs within and outside Kuala Lumpur, with the aim of educating and assisting them in their adoption of modern cloud solutions.
Last 11 to 12 March, TechSoup & Microsoft Malaysia was joined by over 24 unique local NGOs for their kick-off training in Ipoh, a city 3-hours away from their capital of Kuala Lumpur. The 2-day training was an enticing mix of deep dives on familiar topics (i.e. Microsoft Office apps) and introductory sessions on the latest Microsoft cloud donations such as Azure and Power BI.
In the first day, the training was all about numbers. Providing a deep dive on Excel, Muhammad Rezall Roslan from InfoTrek gave the NGOs in attendance a hands-on demonstration of the extended features and functions of Excel that that can help them better manage data through spreadsheets. To end the first day, the attendees were also introduced to the Wecare Community Berhad, a crowdfunding platform which local NGOs can utilize to crowdsource their need for funding, donations and even volunteer services.
Capping off the 2-day training, the second day was packed to the brim with another deep dive course on PowerPoint features, followed by a series of introductory courses on Microsoft cloud donations including Office 365, PowerBI and Azure – and of course, a talk on how the NGOs can access these donations through TechSoup.
With a successful first entry in the books, Microsoft Malaysia and TechSoup are planning to continue the roadshow in the coming months, reaching out to areas that are typically not provided with such opportunities and delivering hands-on training sessions to NGOs and assisting them to achieve their own digital transformations.