The Ice Bucket Challenge was started a few weeks back, to raise funds for treating ALS patients. The campaign has gone viral over the web – and a plethora of leading personalities from the tech domain have already participated in it.
It’s the fundraising event everyone is talking about. As the name itself suggests, the Ice Bucket Challenge involves a dare – participants have to either pour a full bucket of ice-cold water over their head, or cough up $1000 (within a week of receiving the challenge). The drive was launched in the second half of July, to generate awareness and gather funds for treatment of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (medically termed as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS). Incidentally, Pete Frates – the person from Massachusetts who started the campaign – is an ALS patient himself. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a massive success, with a whopping $11.5 million being collected through it by last Saturday. Celebs from every sphere have given their thumbs-up for the campaign. Many tech leaders have even posted their videos at the Challenge, which have gone viral. We here list some of the most prominent personalities from the tech domain who have been a part of the Ice Bucket Challenge till now:
The man behind Facebook was invited to the challenge by none other than the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. After successfully drenching himself, he posted the video on Facebook (where else?) – and described the experience as ‘really cold’. We thought it would be so!
Microsoft had launched a worldwide hackathon event – and the winners got the exclusive opportunity to pour the ice-water on CEO Satya Nadella. In addition, Microsoft has also made donations for the treatment of those suffering from ALS. Judging by the snaps he put up, Nadella had a grand time taking up the challenge.
The real estate sector was represented by Rascoff – who heads Zillow, a highly popular online database of real estate. After getting properly soaked, he posted the picture on Vine. Jim Cramer from CNBC was among the tech hotshots he passed on the challenge to.
Tim Cook has joined the Ice Bucket Challenge, but the marketing chief of Apple Inc., Philip Schiller, took the plunge (no pun intended!) even earlier. Schiller tweeted several photos of the event, and he was the one who invited Cook to the challenge. iOS enthusiasts and app developers watched in admiration as Cook went for the dare. Schiller later expressed his delight at being able to be a part of the campaign.
You might say that former Microsoft head Steve Ballmer (the man Nadella succeeded) was not very creative in making his own video of the Ice Bucket Challenge. That, however, does not take anything away from the fact that he was game enough to participate in a noble cause. Doc Rivers, the LA Clippers coach, is among the three people Ballmer has challenged.
Ralph de la Vega
The CEO of AT&T was another willing tech luminary to take part in the challenge. Apart from doing the needful with the icy water bucket, he challenged his colleagues to do the same as well. Monetary donations were also done on behalf of AT&T Mobility. One thing was evident – Ralph had the support of all his employees.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page
Dressed in cool Pied Piper tees, the co-founders of Google looked uber-cool, as water was poured on their heads at the challenge. The two of them took the challenge together – probably because successful partners tend to stay together in whatever they do!
Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat, got himself drenched in one of the unlikeliest locations – a sun-kissed beach. While there’s a rumor going around that the bucket did not have too much of ice, there’s no doubting the coldness of the water poured on Spiegel. After the dousing, Spiegel needed several minutes to recover!
Responding to Philip Schiller’s challenge, Apple CEO Tim Cook decided to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge – and he nominated Michael Franti (a popular musician) to do the honors. Cook had a smile on his face while getting thoroughly wet too.
If Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook is somewhere, can Dick Costolo and Twitter be far behind? Jokes aside, a friendly rivalry between FB and Twitter was evident at the challenge – as Costolo (Twitter CEO) happily agreed to get drenched for the lovely cause. He did not forget to post the video on Vine – which received plenty of comments and shares within a short span of time.
Musk’s ice-water pouring was a heart-warming spectacle of parent-son bonding. The five sons of the CEO of Tesla Motors were in charge of emptying the bucket over their dad’s head. The entire arrangement via which the water was poured was pretty innovative too.
The man at the helm of Amazon showcased his witty side, while readying himself for the ‘chilly’ experience. He took a friendly jibe at Edward Snowden, and had a few nice jokes to share. The people Bezos challenged? The three main protagonists from ‘Star Trek’.
The CEO of T-Mobile made this challenge into a sort of fun company activity. He encouraged everyone else from his organization to come forward as well. Like most of the other tech personalities at the challenge, Legere also made separate donations for ALS patients.
Trust visionaries to come up with something new in practically everything. Bill Gates, for instance, created the entire contraption for ice-bucket dumping himself. The Microsoft founder was invited by Mark Zuckerberg, and he passed on the challenge to Chris Anderson and Elon Musk.
People at first wondered whether the LinkedIn chief was getting drenched in blue-colored water (the color was, in fact, remarkably similar to the LinkedIn theme). Later, it was revealed that Weiner had opted to use Gatorade instead of water, for the challenge. Staying away from unnecessary wastage of water – that was something Weiner had an eye on.
Noted author and blogger Robert Scoble and the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, were among the other tech luminaries to take up the challenge. The unique theme of the campaign (every participant had to challenge three others, and so on) has been instrumental in its burgeoning popularity in the matter of weeks. #IceBucketChallenge has been mentioned on Twitter nearly 2.3 million times, while the number of videos on FB (of celebs drenching themselves) is also in excess of one million. In the United States alone, there are over 30000 people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and campaigns like these would be of great help for raising funds for treatment, and spreading awareness about the ailment among people.
Teks Mobile Australia congratulates everyone who has taken up the challenge till now. A great way to work for a truly noble cause!