Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Keynote on Day 1 Microsoft Building 2022, This Tuesday, highlight Power Pages created by the Portuguese. This is how the initiative to support Ukrainian refugees in Portugal gained exposure on a global scale, at Microsoft’s annual event focused on the community Developers.
Platform “Ukraine Live Aid”, which can be accessed at www.ukraineliveaid.com, which began in March and already includes more than 100 institutions in 17 Portuguese provinces. Through an interactive map, users can see places and entities that accept donations to support refugees, in real time, as well as submit New applications for integration into the platform.
In the words of the founder of Ukraine Living Aid, Edgar Simões, Power Platform Support Engineer at Microsoft Portugal: This project was born out of a desire to support Ukrainian refugees. The pandemic has shown us that technology serves its purpose best when it is at the service of people in times of social emergency, and this time I decided to take action. I realized that there is a lot of data scattered about donation centers in the national territory. Even with limited knowledge in Microsoft Power Pages and almost zero in programming, I developed the first version of the app in a weekend. The platform is based on the concept of open innovation, where users can interact in the community, express an opinion and put different entities on the map, allowing the initiative to expand.”
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsofthighlighted the podium at the opening of the conference: “We’ve already seen people using Power Pages to do much-needed meaningful work. In Portugal, Edgar Simويسes wanted to encourage people to donate goods to help receive refugees. You’ve used Power Pages to host and build your app, which allows you to run a website without any knowledge of HTML or the web. It went from an idea to a real impact in just a few days.”
The Microsoft Power Pages Today I announce webpage development and hosting platform low codeideal for creating commercial websites, allowing content creators low code and the Developers Professionals design, configure and publish websites for desktop and mobile devices with a seamless visual experience. Already existing as a feature in the Power Apps portal, Power Pages has now been redesigned with a new user experience and many new features, becoming the fifth member of the Power Platform family, as a standalone offering within the available portfolio.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, in February, Portugal has taken in nearly 37,000 Ukrainian refugees.1 Supportive movements are doubled. To help access integrated information and highlight organizations through fundraising, the “Ukraine Live Aid” platform, which integrates an interactive live map, presented in dashboard In Power BI and powered by a single database built on Microsoft Power Pages.
Initially, the platform started with 30 donation points, and currently there are more than 100 sites, in 17 provinces in mainland Portugal, the Azores and Madeira and a team of volunteers from the technical community consisting of seven people. The platform is available in Portuguese, English and Ukrainian languages, and has received 1,680 online visits since its inception.
With a degree in management from the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo and a master’s degree in economics and innovation management from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto, Edgar Simes maintains his passion for various Microsoft products and technologies: he is, since 2020 an ambassador for Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors and an official Microsoft certificate holder Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate.
Watch the introductory video for the “Ukraine Live Aid” platform here:
Microsoft Portugal currently has over 100 active vacancies on its job site, including the role of Power Platform Support Engineer.
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1Data from the Service for Foreigners and Borders (SEF). May 2022.