Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was in Delhi and held a conversation with Anant Maheshwari, President of Microsoft India at the Young Innovators Summit that saw a gathering of over 250 students and educators on Feb 26. Satya Nadella while speaking about the role that technology will play in transforming the education ecosystem over the next decade, outlining the opportunity students have today to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems with technology.
Speaking at the summit, Satya, said, “We need to reformulate the relationship between technology and learning. It is very interesting to witness the way young innovators think today. What excited and inspired me from my meetings with students was the quality of their ideas, the scope of their ambition, deep passion and deep empathy turning into action. This is truly transformative, and is how societies and economies move forward.” Satya briefly spoke about his schools in Delhi and Hyderabad as also history as his favorite subject. He also spoke highly about a few startups that he met with in Bengaluru during this present trip to India,
Pratik Mohapatra, Ishlok Vashistha and Namya Joshi were three young innovators introduced to Nadella at the event.
Pratik Mohapatra, a coding enthusiast and currently interning with Microsoft has built OrganSecure, an app that uses a sophisticated set of machine learning algorithms to quickly match organ donors with recipients, providing real-time updates to people in need of a transplant. His idea was a winner at the 2019 Microsoft AI for Good Idea Challenge.
Caeli mask invented by a team from Manav Rachna Institute of Research & Studies in Faridabad was represented by Ishlok Vashistha and features an air filtration system and an Air Quality Index (AQI) sensor that constantly monitors the quality of air, while the Caeli app controls the schedule of the drug dispensed from the nebulizer depending on the user’s prescription and pollution levels. . The idea of the team, comprising Ishlok Vashistha, Aakash Bhadana, Vasu Kaushik, Dipesh Narwat, and Bharat Sundal had won the team the runners-up position at the Microsoft 2019 Imagine Cup World Championship.
Namya Joshi, a seventh-grade student at Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana, Punjab, has been helping teachers at her school convert their class lessons into interactive Minecraft sessions. Namya has conducted multiple Skype sessions across countries.
Namya has been conferred with the REX Karamveer Global Fellowship and Karamveer Chakra Award, and is a winner of the ‘UNESCO Clubs 2018-2019 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition’ for creating a virtual library of books on Minecraft.