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Mayor Announces Partnership with Microsoft
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy City of Houston
Friday, May 04, 2018

Mayor Sylvester Turner and representatives from Microsoft today announced a partnership between the city and the company for Houston to serve as Microsoft's “Internet of Things” official space.

Turner stated that Houston is the first city in the country to be selected with the designation.

“It wasn't too long ago that I set a goal for Houston to become the next hotbed in our nation for innovation and technology in the digital university,” Turner said, stating that the city has been “moving rapidly” since he set the goal. Listen (6:13)

Turner said that, through the partnership, Microsoft will, on a long-term basis, will start with grassroots efforts to improve computer literacy at schools, for parents, veterans, and workers transitioning careers. Microsoft will also hold “Digi-camps” and “Digi-girl” camps as well.

Microsoft Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs Raamel Mitchell spoke, discussing the mayor's vision of the city, stating that Houston could be a “center for innovation, a center for technology, a center for entrepreneurship.”

Mitchell said one of the focuses of the alliance will be economic development, with workforce development and the start-up ecosystem as focuses of the company's efforts in Houston, as well as innovation efforts to move technology forward. Listen (5:10)

Microsoft Senior Marketing Channel Manager Cameron Carr also spoke, discussing the “Internet of Things.”

“With these things that are coming to light now, and that Microsoft is one of the leaders in, we are really at a place of transition, really, in humanity, and the way that we experience the world and interact with the things around us,” Carr said, stating the effort was about “bringing the physical world into the digital world.” Listen (5:47)

Turner concluded the news conference by taking questions from those in attendance. Listen(11:32)




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