News Release: September 24, 2015


Year of Code Waterloo Region Welcomes Microsoft as Top-Tier Sponsor; Announces 2016 Transition to a Mozilla Foundation Learning Community


WATERLOO REGION: SEPTEMBER 24, 2015: Year of Code Waterloo Region today announced two new partnerships advancing digital literacy in our communities.

Microsoft joins Communitech as a top-tier sponsor of the Year of Code Waterloo Region (YoCWR), supporting the campaign’s goals of increasing digital literacy of the Region’s citizens through youth and adult education, community engagement, and promoting diversity and inclusivity through access to technical learning.

YoCWR is also pleased to announce that the work being started this year will continue in 2016 through Hive Waterloo, which has been officially recognized by the Mozilla Foundation as a Hive Learning Community, part of the global Hive Learning Network (

“Thanks to Microsoft and the Mozilla Foundation, we will be able to continue our work increasing digital literacy for all in the Region, developing learning resources to share online and through our community partners, libraries, and schools,” said Stephanie Rozek, Year of Code Waterloo Region’s Campaign Director.

The first learning tools, many based on resources provided by both Microsoft and Mozilla, have been posted online at, and include both original learning materials and a curated collection of learning resources for kids, with more for teens, adults, and seniors to follow. Resources being developed cover topics such as learning to code, how to use online communication tools, or understanding how smartphones work; they will be made available throughout the year.

“Microsoft Canada is pleased to support Year of Code Waterloo Region to expand and provide greater access to coding and computer science in one of Canada’s technology hubs,” said Dennis Lopes, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director with Microsoft Canada. “Technology has become an integral part of people’s daily lives around the world. At Microsoft, we are committed to teaching youth not only how to use technology, but also how to create technology to help them become the innovators and drivers of growth and opportunity in their communities.”

“Waterloo Region is such a phenomenal tech hub, and for us, adding Hive Waterloo to our network is a natural fit and benefits our Canadian presence immensely,” says Simona Ramkisson of the Mozilla Foundation.


For more information, contact:

Stephanie Rozek, Project Director
Year of Code Waterloo Region
Telephone: (519) 716.1976
stephanie @

About Year of Code Waterloo Region:
The Year of Code Waterloo Region (#YoCWR) is a one-year initiative to increase digital literacy of 250,000+ people in Waterloo Region. #YoCWR was born out of a conversation between between two leading tech organisations (Hackademy Canada and Communitech). We are leading the work to increase access to technological learning, and to shine a spotlight on tech learning opportunities, organisations, and facilities in the region. #YoCWR is a charitable project of Capacity Canada. For more information please visit and

About Microsoft Canada:
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ “MSFT”) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both English and French. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people and organizations do more and achieve more – any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit

About the Mozilla Foundation:
One of the world’s largest social enterprises, the Mozilla Foundation promotes openness, innovation, and opportunity online. A non-profit organization best known as the makers of Firefox, Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web and the core principles of the Web – agency, openness, transparency, and privacy – for more than a decade. At the core of our work are programs that move people from using the Web to making the Web: from consumption to creation. This involves building tools and software, but also helping people learn about the open ethos and building blocks that make up the Web. We believe anyone who creates content on the Internet – teachers, entrepreneurs, journalists, filmmakers, artists, developers, scientists, and curious kids – needs to understand how to code, bend, and remix. For more information please visit


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