We've seen several videos of the some of the most-known faces in tech taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. Recently, Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, took the challenge then laid down to gauntlet for Bill Gates to pick it up. Since this is Bill Gates, there was no way he was going to take this challenge without making it entertaining.
Bill Gates way of taking the challenge was quite impressive, though not the best we've seen, it is the best from all the known faces so far. The video began with Gates watching the video of Mark Zuckerberg taking the challenge. Not surprisingly, the video was running on a Surface Pro 3 with the pen hooked at the side.
From there, Bill began to show sketches of how plans to pull off this Ice Bucket Challenge. He said he wanted to do it better, and that he did without a doubt. Bill actually built a rig to soak himself with, and he needed to do was stand under the bucket, and pull on a rope for the magic to happen.
When the ice cold water hit Bill's face for the first time, we could see how he flinched a bit, but continued nevertheless.
Before he soaked himself, Bill challenged Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, Ryan Seacrest, who is the host of American Idol, and the head of TED, Chris Anderson. All three men have 24-hours to accept the challenge, or donate to the cause.
What is this Ice Bucket challenge about?
The Ice Bucket Challenge is about raising awareness and funding for Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The challenge asks people to donate $100 to the campaign, or soak themselves from top to bottom with a bucket of ice. If folks are able, they can choose to soak themselves, but still donate to the cause.
In the U.S. alone, over 5,600 individuals are diagnosed with ALS each year, according to the U.S. ALS Association. The disease is quite dangerous as it affects the muscles, and it can cause folks to have difficulty swallowing and breathing.
So far, the campaign has raised over $7.6 million in donation, which is a massive improvement over the $1.6 million gained during the same period back in 2013.