On his recent visit to India, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met the Indian Prime Minister, entrepreneurs and various government officials. Yet, it was an eight-year-old Indian gaming developer who wowed him with his vision of balancing technology and environmental sustainability.
Mumbai-based student, Medansh Mehta, presented his app “Let There Be Light” during a meeting between Nadella and student developers from India. The boy left Nadella so impressed that the Microsoft CEO later mentioned him in a keynote speech.
“I met an eight-year-old, and this is perhaps the time where I felt the most inadequate,” Nadella said. “And, the eight-year-old’s dream is to create a society that knows how to balance economic growth with environmental sustainability. This is the goal he has and then he translated that vision, that goal, into a novel game that he’s built.”
His game “Let there be light” focuses on balancing development and the environment. Players have to build cities by creating factories and farms, but also focus on the environment and air quality. There are additional points for using renewable energy like solar and wind energy.
Mehta later quizzed Nadella on how he could become the next Microsoft CEO. “You are already ambitious beyond being the next CEO,” Nadella replied. “The game has the sensibility that all of us need."
In this TV interview, the eight-year-old revealed his ambitions.