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May 2, 2014 at 7:51 AM

Microsoft to open first U.S. “Innovation Center” in Miami

Following on yesterday’s news that Microsoft is opening an “Excellence Centre” in Vancouver, B.C., comes today’s news that it’s opening its first U.S. “Innovation Center” in Miami later this spring.

Microsoft has already opened 100 such Innovation Centers worldwide — facilities operated by Microsoft and community partners that are equipped with technology and tools, and that are open to students, software developers, IT professionals, academics, entrepreneurs and others. The centers offer programs and services designed to develop skills, foster innovation and collaboration, and grow local software economies.

The Miami center is first of several planned for the U.S., including one in Washington, D.C.

The Miami center, operated by Microsoft along with Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, Venture Hive and others, will host technology trainings to help people learn more about technology, workshops and networking opportunities.

It’s also being seen as a gateway connecting Miami to communities in the Latin American region, “providing Latin American industries and businesses access to a pool of dependable and tech-savvy interns and potential full-time employees. It will also offer Miami’s growing tourism and travel industry access to this strong talent pool,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

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