The collaboration with Microsoft Bangladesh is one of the most successful initiatives of Young Bangla. As of now, four inclusive measures have been taken for the winners of the first Joy Bangla Youth Award and Young Bangla members. These are:
Microsoft initially called all the female winners and nominees of the award and certified them as Brand Ambassadors. They were introduced to Microsoft software, applications and services, which the awardees could use in their organizations free of cost. A total of 50 awardees, including 10 women, received this ambassadorship.
Unlike other the internship programs, the one with Microsoft Bangladesh aims to provide students and ICT enthusiasts with short-term placements. As of now, 350 Young Bangla members, including 50 award winners, received internships with Microsoft Bangladesh
Service Engineers’ Training
This program aims to open up opportunities for young changemakers by giving them ICT knowledge and skills. Initially it was organized in Moulvibazar district last year. Later it was expanded to a much larger scale covering Brahmanbaria, Nilphamari, Panchagarh and Jamalpur districts. The local winners of the Joy Bangla Youth Award gave tremendous support to the initiative. So far, a total of 400 Young Bangla members received Service Engineers’ Training from Microsoft Bangladesh that helped them to develop their ICT and operating skills.
Setting up computer labs
Until now, Microsoft has set up computer labs for a total of five awardees. The plan is to expand this service to 18 awardees in the coming days. This is one of the most effective measures taken by Microsoft by which awardees got benefitted both at the individual and organizational levels. According to Keshob Roy, founder of YACD, the Microsoft Computer Lab has enabled easy communication at the Joldhaka Upazila Bazar in his area. They have initiated a 6-month training program on Microsoft Office, internet browsing and also web designing. At present, 40 students are each taking six months of intensive training under two trainers. Among the trainees, 16 are women. At the end of the training, students are handed over certificates, which they can add to their portfolio.