Introducing the Next Generation of Innovators: T-Mobile and the T-Mobile Foundation Announce 2021 Changemaker Challenge Winners
T-Mobile (News - Alert) (NASDAQ: TMUS) and the T-Mobile Foundation announced the 16 winners of the 2021 Changemaker Challenge, a nationwide contest that mobilizes youth who have big and bold ideas on how to change the world for good with seed money and mentorship. Winning ventures from this third Challenge, sponsored by T-Mobile, the T-Mobile Foundation and Ashoka, the world's largest network of systems-changing social entrepreneurs, came from individuals and teams between the ages of 13-18 and tackle issues ranging from water conservation to underrepresentation in medicine to reducing waste.
Winners have earned seed money from the T-Mobile Foundation and an all-expenses-paid trip to T-Mobile's headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. (subject to and following the CDC's COVID-19 guidance) for the Changemaker Lab to get inspiration and develop action plans.
"This year's T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge applicants aren't just dreaming about change - they are taking steps to BE the change they want to see," said Janice V. Kapner, T-Mobile's chief communications and brand officer. "We were blown away with their inspiring ideas to create more connected, sustainable and informed communities. These bright young minds embody the Un-carrier's fearless spirit and are tackling urgent challenges and imagining a brighter future - and during a global pandemic no less! We can't wait to help turn their ideas into reality!"
Entrants focused their projects on three categories: Technology, Environment, and Education. For each category, five winners were chosen and one of the projects was selected as the category winner. This year, the Challenge also included a separate category for T-Mobile employees and their families.
Here is what teams can expect next:
Judges from Ashoka and T-Mobile reviewed submissions based on four criteria:
T-Mobile and the T-Mobile Foundation are partnering with Ashoka because for the last 40 years, Ashoka has supported social entrepreneurs as they bring new ideas to systemically address the world's biggest challenges. Ashoka works around the globe with partners like the T-Mobile Foundation to support youth by developing core competencies of empathy, teamwork, collaborative leadership and changemaking skills.
For more information about the T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge, visit t-mobile.com/changemaker, and join the conversation on social with #TMoChangemaker.
Winners of the 2021 Changemaker Challenge
For more details about each winning project, check out the 2021 Changemaker Challenge Lookbook.
Family Challenge Category Winner
Guardial (Coppell, TX)
The Neptune Project (Woodside, CA)
Solar Education Center (Lafayette, CO)
MYCOGEAR (Melrose Park, IL)
Effective Climate Action Project (Portland, OR)
The Urban Garden Initiative (Newark, DE)
Let's End Poverty. Period! (Montgomery, AL)
RelatABLE (Staten Island, NY)
Project Kares (Yorba Linda, CA)
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About T-Mobile Foundation
The T-Mobile Foundation is committed to changing the world for good. The Foundation advances positive change in our communities by supporting causes that focus on youth development and by providing opportunities for T-Mobile employees to engage in causes that benefit the communities where they live and work. The T-Mobile Foundation, created and funded by T-Mobile US, Inc., is recognized by the IRS as a Section 501(c)(3) private foundation.
Ashoka is the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs-individuals with new ideas to systemically address the world's biggest challenges and the entrepreneurial skill to transform those ideas into national, regional and global social impact. Over 35 years, Ashoka has supported more than 3,500 social entrepreneurs in 90 countries with solutions addressing society's most pressing issues. Ashoka's vision is a world in which Everyone is a Changemaker-a society that responds quickly and effectively to challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem. For more information, visit ashoka.org.