Hacking the future of our planet

Video Summary

Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist will discuss how data is integral to the future of our planet, from informing smart policy action to reduce carbon to creating new tools to reduce emissions and increase energy. In this session, he’ll explain the intersection of the age of AI and age of Anthropocene, discuss how advanced technologies are already playing a role in enabling sustainable transformations of nearly every sector, and how developers can join efforts with companies like Microsoft to hack the future.


A 17 year Microsoft veteran, Rob is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company's environmental and cities efforts. Under his leadership, Microsoft has established a carbon neutral goal and the first-of-its-kind internal carbon fee. Rob and his team are also responsible for Microsoft CityNext to help cities around the world better leverage technology to realize safer, healthier, better educated, more modern and sustainable places for people to live and work. As part of their work, Microsoft has leveraged technology to build their own "City of the Future" on Microsoft's Puget Sound Campus. This project, along with associated market research, served as the early foundation for the company's growing commitment to cities initiatives around the world while also improving energy efficiency across the company's real estate portfolio. Prior to this role, Rob was the GM for the global ISV program where he managed teams supporting partnerships with over 50,000 software partners.

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