Satya Nadella Finds Indian Entrepreneurs’ Ideas Exciting
Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks during the Future Decoded Tech Summit in Bengaluru, India. Photographer: Samyukta Lakshmi/Bloomberg

Satya Nadella Finds Indian Entrepreneurs’ Ideas Exciting

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The quality of ideas and ambition of entrepreneurs and innovators in India -- many of whom are school kids -- are "exciting" and driving innovation and growth for societies and economies, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Speaking at the Young Innovators Summit, the India-born executive also highlighted how empathy is also playing an important role in development of some of these new solutions, especially for the differently-abled people.

He talked about his meeting with children from three schools across the country, who are developing solutions to solve different challenges in the society.

“There was a group that I met who talked about how they want to change speech therapy...the level of empathy they work with. One of their teachers has a kid with speech issues and they said let’s build an AI tool that can substitute speech therapists because access to speech therapy and speech therapists is scarce.” - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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One of these groups is developing a speech therapy solution, while another is working on a solution that measures pollution levels. The third group is developing an AI-enabled chatbot to help children with the school curriculum.

He further said these group of students have deep passion and are turning that into action.

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"That's what innovation is all about. That's how societies and economies move forward," Nadella said.

Nadella is on a three-day visit to India. He was in Mumbai and Bengaluru earlier this week. He is slated to meet government functionaries later on Wednesday.

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