I blogged my experience last year at Build 2017 and I asked Satya Nadella a question. It was one of the most amazing experiences and something that I remember and don’t take for granted. I was 13 and it was my first tech conference. This year I got to ask Satya a question for the 2nd time.
Yesterday I had just watched the Microsoft Build Conference keynote.
There were over 6,000 participants in the keynote room for this year’s Microsoft Build 2018 Conference and over 500,000 online viewers – definitely felt bigger than last year!@CYarkoni #MSBuild https://t.co/5AvKERAaNi
— Ruby Cogan (@RubyCogan) May 8, 2018
After the keynote my dad got an email, asking if Satya could have parental permission to meet myself and 2 other kids. I guess I got lucky because I was one of the few under 18 kids at Build. Disa Covaci (10 years), Anna Covaci (12 years) and I all came to meet Satya and have a short conversation.
There are so many things I could have asked Satya but I ended up following up my question from last year because I was interested in seeing where Microsoft’s path had gone. Last year I asked where, ideally, would the new AI technology that they were demo-ing be used in the perfect world and Satya told me that he hoped it would help people with disabilities.
So 1 year later I asked which disability – such as vision, hearing or paraplegia – that Microsoft’s technology would benefit the most from the new AI services being developed. His answer to my question was: “All of them”.
Satya followed up by telling me it is important for young people, like myself, to be able to pick up a tool, like VS Code or Scratch and develop something useful (I assume coding using all the “smart” services that Microsoft have available). I think he believes the cool AI-powered software is now simple enough for kids to use and develop.
Here is the video of me talking to Satya:
I feel privileged to have met this extremely empathetic CEO and he has now inspired me to look further into these emerging technologies.