“Oldest nerd in Guatemala” has a lot to be thankful for—and a lot more still to give


For Otto Knoke, the self-described “oldest nerd in Guatemala,” every day is a gift—and one that he pays back to the best of his abilities every day.

Twenty years ago, right around the same time this high-tech early adopter was making a name for himself by modernizing the Guatemalan banking industry, Knoke was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and given only two years to live.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Knoke began researching how technology could help him overcome his condition and thrive—a determination and drive which have paid off. Today, after beating the odds and surviving the disease for nearly two decades, Knoke has become the first person in Guatemala to use Microsoft’s new eye-tracking software for Windows 10, called Eye Control, enabling him to literally type with his eyes. But what’s even more impressive is that he uses Eye Control to operate Microsoft BI to analyze his clients’ business data and uncover insights that ultimately help improve their operations.

For Knoke, this revolutionary Microsoft technology has not only helped him continue working as before and allowed his own business to thrive, but more important, it’s enabled him to communicate more meaningfully with his loved ones and strengthen those relationships.

Learn Otto Knoke’s full story by watching this truly fascinating and inspiring video.