In order to raise awareness about ALS,
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella accepted Steve Gleason’s Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged Jeff Bezos and Larry Page to do the same. If they are not taking the challenge, they need to donate money for it. Even Mark Zuckerberg took the challenge and poured a bucket of water on himself. He challenged Bill Gates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to do the same.
On Wednesday, the Ability Eye Gaze team, which won the Grand Prize in Microsoft’s first-ever companywide Hacakthon, was given the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on CEO Satya Nadella as part of an effort to raise awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.)
The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise awareness about ALS, as well as to give others living with it the “leading edge technology, equipment and services” they need. The project united two dozen researchers, engineers, designers, program managers and media pros from across Microsoft, and was one of the 3,000-plus teams that participated in Microsoft’s first-ever global Hackathon. The team aimed to use Surface 3, Kinect and other Microsoft technologies to give independence to people with disabilities.
Clear, powerful—and, according to their colleagues and the company’s senior leaders, the most transformative idea to come out of the Hackathon.
CEO Satya Nadella also announced that Ability Eye Gaze was the global Hackathon’s grand prize winner. He also recognized nine other winners, who were selected by their fellow employees’ votes and by Microsoft’s senior leadership team.