The votes are in for Microsoft’s 2015 Youth Spark Challenge for Change, a contest that asked young people from around the world to submit an idea to address a social issue through technology in their communities. Recently, Microsoft announced this year’s grand prize winners, representing youth from Chile, Ecuador, Greece, India, Nepal, Nigeria, United States, and Uruguay.
If you’re interested in a story on your outstanding local youth who is passionate about contributing to social change, I’d be happy to put you in touch with him. Saviour Okusenogu from Lagos, Nigeria wants to develop a project to spark an interest in science and engineering for more kids in developing countries by bringing fun and interactive science experiments and other projects to secondary schools with hopes that they will get kids far more excited than the abstract, conceptual ways many kids learn about those topics now.
This year’s winners created compelling solutions to help their community spanning a variety of social issues including education, computer science and digital literacy. Find the full list of winners here!
Later this year, these winners will travel to the Nicaragua to learn about social entrepreneurship and development issues. Microsoft is also outfitting each winner with a $2,500 cash grant, and a Microsoft technology bundle (Surface Pro3, Windows Phone, and Office 365) to help them develop their projects further.