The Votes are In: Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change Winners Announced!

By Kari Sherrodd, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs Earlier this year we launched Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change—a contest that asked young people ages 18 to 25 around the world to submit an idea for a social good project designed to spark change in their communities. Today, we are very proud to announce this…


Microsoft’s 2013 YouthSpark Challenge for Change Winners: Where are They Now?

By Kari Sherrodd, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs The inaugural Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest last year received hundreds of entries, and five inspirational winners were each awarded $2,500 to help fund their projects, as well as a Surface, a Windows Phone 8, an Xbox and a three-week volunteer travel experience to Kenya….


Meet 20 Finalists and Vote for Your Favorite Change-Maker!

By Kari Sherrodd, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs After reviewing impressive entries from more than 50 countries, our judging panel for this year’s Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest has finished the tough task of selecting 20 finalists. Now we’re asking you to make five of these inspiring change-makers our grand prize winners and…


Meet the Judges for Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change

By Elisa Willman, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs We lined up a great panel of judges for Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change. They have backgrounds in social entrepreneurship, nonprofits and technology, and their job is to select 20 finalists with the most promising ideas to move to the next phase of the competition. They…


YouthSpark Challenge for Change Winners Announced! Five Brilliant Sparks of Social Good

By Lori Harnick, General Manager, Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs This past year has been about sparking change through Microsoft YouthSpark, so it’s fitting that we’re announcing the five grand prize winners of the YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest just days before the fireworks-filled U.S. Fourth of July celebration. If you’ve been following the contest,…


Challenge for Change: Meet 20 Finalists and Vote for Your Favorite

By Yvonne Thomas, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft YouthSpark After reviewing hundreds of inspiring entries, our judging panel for the YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest has finished the tough job of selecting 20 finalists. Each of the 20 finalists created a video sharing more about themselves and their projects. Now we’re putting the power back in…