VANCOUVER, B.C. — Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and co-founder Bill Gates are making a rare joint appearance Tuesday at the Emerging Cascadia Innovation Corridor Conference, an event designed to create stronger ties between the Washington state and British Columbia tech and business communities.
Nadella was named Microsoft’s CEO in February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer in the role, as Gates stepped down as chairman to take on a role as special adviser. Nadella has overseen a major cultural shift at the company, making Microsoft more open to partnerships with competing technologies, and focusing on the cloud and intelligent apps, while shifting away from the company’s hardware investments.
Gates and Nadella are scheduled to start speaking at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time in Vancouver, and you can follow along with our live blog below for highlights. Also see our earlier coverage for more from the event, including comments by tech leaders from Seattle and Vancouver about joining forces to create a more formidable rival to Silicon Valley for tech talent and funding.