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Written by Courtney Hadden, Senior Program Manager -- Corporate Sustainability, & Mayank Bansal, Senior Software Engineer, participants in the Microsoft Hackathon During the week of July 27, thousands of participants from around the globe participated in the Microsoft 2020 Hackathon. In its seventh year -- and this year, fully virtual -- the annual worldwide event brings Microsoft employees and interns together to drum up new ideas, create change, and make
Here in the States, we often get our dry cleaning returned on hangers that say "We Love Our Customers." I once inadvertently brought one into the office (back in the day), and our team displayed it prominently on a shelf, because it's true. Meeting with customers is the best part of my job here at Akamai. And while there is no substitute for meeting in person, speaking with customers online
COVID-19 and related quarantine protocols have pushed the world even more online than it already was. Global energy consumption for all things digital has been increasing by about 9% per year between 2015 and 2020, and is tracking to be responsible for about 8% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 2025, according to the Shift Project. In fact, digital activities in 2020 are estimated to emit as much CO2 as
Late Monday night, I received an email sharing the sad news that Ronald Graham had died that evening at the age of 84. For those who never had the pleasure of knowing Ron, he was a brilliant mathematician with a great sense of humor, a circus-level juggler and magician, a mentor of countless students and engineers in the field of discrete mathematics, chief scientist at Bell Labs in the 1960s,
We are profoundly distressed by the racism, bigotry and violence committed against people of color in our society and by public institutions. Here at Akamai, we have no tolerance for discrimination. We value our diversity. It is a strength of our organization. And in a moment when many people are feeling hurt, frustrated and angry, we have an urgent opportunity to embrace this strength and stand up for it in
At a time when a global pandemic has forced students to go online to learn, the International Science and Engineering Fair is using the internet to bring together some of the most brilliant and innovative students from all over the world. Collectively, they represent the kind of talent that will be needed to solve humanity's most pressing challenges.
There is no question that this year has brought disruption to life as we know it. As the world around us is changing, our concept of normalcy does too. Now, more than ever, it is critical that Akamai continue business as usual, providing fast, intelligent, and secure experiences for our customers, but we also have the opportunity to do so much more. From the perspective of a sustainability professional, COVID-19
This Earth Day, we are excited to announce the first two grantees of Akamai's Accelerator Program for Early-Stage Innovations in Water: the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and the Foundation for Environmental Monitoring (ffem).
As a company that's been in the business of enabling the Internet for 22 years, Akamai is hearing from a lot of people lately who all want to know one thing: Can the Internet keep up with the sudden surge in demand? Will it scale? What happens to performance? And what about security when almost all employees work remotely?