As I mentioned in my last post, we wanted to share some of the content from our recent Accelerator Summit event.

Our first session was themed around how innovation can help to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. The session was split into two sections.

Part 1: PhotoDNA

Tim Cranton, Associate General Counsel at Microsoft and Hany Farid, Professor of Computer Science, Dartmouth College discuss how technology such as PhotoDNA is being used to combat the distribution of child pornography online.

Part 2: How technology can address environmental challenges

Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft provides an overview of how we are approaching environmental challenges focusing on three primary areas; enabling energy efficiency gains, accelerating scientific research and breakthroughs, and operating our business responsibly. Rob’s talk includes a video on the Brazilian Rainforest Sensor Network project — a joint effort from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Johns Hopkins University, the São Paulo Research Foundation, the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research, and Microsoft Research.

Troy Batterberry, Product Unit Manager for Microsoft Hohm provides an overview how we’re working to provide consumers with tools to manage their energy usage.

 I hope you find these sessions interesting. We’ll be posting videos from our nonprofit, employee and workforce development sessions in the coming days.