YouthSpark Challenge for Change – Meet the Winners!

In February this year, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change, an online contest from Microsoft YouthSpark in which young people were invited to submit an idea for a social good project designed to spark change in their communities or around the world.  In its third year, the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change accepted entries from youth around the world.  After reviewing thousands of impressive submissions from entrants in more than 100 countries and selecting 30 finalists spanning 14 countries around the world, we announced these finalists and opened up public voting to select our ten grand prize winners.

We are thrilled today to announce that among the ten grand prize winners, three of them are from Asia Pacific. These incredible youth each won an opportunity to serve as a Microsoft YouthSpark Advocate for the year, a Microsoft Windows Phone, and prize money of $2,500 to turn their ideas into reality. In addition, they will be heading to Nicaragua with the other grand prize winners for an amazing leadership-development trip to learn about creating change. Read on to find out more about them and their winning ideas.

This is Abhishek Paudel from Nepal. His winning idea envisions using Skype and various Microsoft Office products to deliver medical care. He says there are too many areas of mountainous Nepal where “people in remote places have to suffer and even die of minor health problems” simply because there are too few doctors to diagnose and treat.

Roopam Sharma of India has created a real-time tracking system to help people suffering from dementia and their caregivers. Called “Emancipator,” the technology consists of a mobile app that alerts both the patient and caregiver if the patient leaves certain boundaries, and it offers a combination of voice navigation and additional alerts to help guide the person back home safely. 

Gender equality is an important issue for Sonal Jain Padamchand, who says her own education helped her break economic barriers and find happiness in India. She believes every child should have the opportunity to learn and “new horizons to chase.”  She says she’s working with seven people in other countries to design an educational program focused on gender equality. Her project, “World in a Box,” will bring her “video classrooms” to more children in remote and impoverished places.

To find out more about these amazing young people and their projects, visit the Microsoft News Center or the Microsoft YouthSpark Hub.

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