A group of Microsoft employees and partners attending Tech•Ed conference in New Orleans first took time to help build a new home in a city still struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane. "Even before the recent oil spill affecting the gulf coast, the region has struggled to rebuild in the five years since Hurricane Katrina. Andrews says estimates put damage at $100 billion, making it the most costly hurricane in U.S. history. Additionally, the region suffered an estimated 400,000 lost jobs and 275,000 lost homes. New Orleans is still struggling to rebuild, and one of the biggest needs is housing, Andrews says. At last year's Tech·Ed conference in Los Angeles, Andrews and some other attendees talked about the 2010 event in New Orleans and discussed ways that attendees could give back to city while they were in town. Andrews decided to follow through on party small talk by forming GeekGive and arranging for a group of Tech·Ed-bound volunteers to work with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday," noted Microsoft.