CHARLOTTE, N.C. Microsoft on Friday announced a new technology tool for the Democratic National Convention as well as nearly $1.9 million in software donations to three Charlotte nonprofits.
As the convention’s “official innovation provider,” the company is providing a new app designed to streamline votes by delegates.
Built into kiosks across the convention floor, the tool will allow electronic votes and displays in real time on big screens.
“It’s just a great example of how technology plays a key role when it comes to conventions and how things have advanced,” said Fred Humphries, the company’s vice president for U.S. government affairs.
He also announced the following software donations:
• More than $726,000 worth to the Urban League of the Central Carolinas;
• About $718,000 worth to Child Care Resources;
• More than $410,000 in software to the Foundation for the Carolinas.
The company declined to put a value on its contributions to the convention. So-called in-kind contributions will be reported later.
Microsoft employs 1,200 people in Charlotte. Humphries said the donations “build on what we’ve done and continue our commitment as a corporate citizen.”
The company also will host programs called “Conversations with the Next Generation” at both the Republican and Democratic conventions.
In Charlotte, the event – headlined by Chelsea Clinton and NBC News political director Chuck Todd – will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Discovery Place.