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Third Changemaker Challenge Launches Today; T‑Mobile and the T‑Mobile Foundation to Fund Big Ideas from Young Trailblazers

Nationwide contest offers youth with innovative ideas around creating connected, sustainable and informed communities opportunity to receive seed funding and mentorship
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What’s the news: T-Mobile, the T-Mobile Foundation and Ashoka are launching the third Changemaker Challenge. Today through April 8, youth ages 13 to 18 can apply for the opportunity to receive seed funding and one of 15 spots at the Changemaker Lab at T-Mobile HQ later this year to support their innovative ideas focused on Technology, the Environment or Education.  Over the program’s three years, T-Mobile and the T-Mobile Foundation will have invested nearly $1M in Changemaker Challenge projects and mentorship opportunities.

Why it matters: We want to help focus all the talk about urgent societal and global challenges on finding solutions -- and we know America’s youth are up to the challenge to put fresh thinking behind big problems and come up with big ideas that will drive change! With a little help in the form of funding and mentorship, innovative ideas can become extraordinary movements. Now is an amazing time to be a young changemaker!

Who it’s for: Disruptors, trailblazers and entrepreneurs between the ages of 13 to 18 located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who have bold ideas about how to change their communities and society for good…and the parents, mentors and educators who support them every step of the way!

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What’s the news: T-Mobile, the T-Mobile Foundation and Ashoka are launching the third Changemaker Challenge. Today through April 8, youth ages 13 to 18 can apply for the opportunity to receive seed funding and one of 15 spots at the Changemaker Lab at T-Mobile HQ later this year to support their innovative ideas focused on Technology, the Environment or Education.  Over the program’s three years, T-Mobile and the T-Mobile Foundation will have invested nearly $1M in Changemaker Challenge projects and mentorship opportunities.

Why it matters: We want to help focus all the talk about urgent societal and global challenges on finding solutions -- and we know America’s youth are up to the challenge to put fresh thinking behind big problems and come up with big ideas that will drive change! With a little help in the form of funding and mentorship, innovative ideas can become extraordinary movements. Now is an amazing time to be a young changemaker!

Who it’s for: Disruptors, trailblazers and entrepreneurs between the ages of 13 to 18 located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who have bold ideas about how to change their communities and society for good…and the parents, mentors and educators who support them every step of the way!

Surprise! T-Mobile Announces Not Just One, But Three Grand Prize Winners of the Second-Annual Changemaker Challenge

T-Mobile, the T-Mobile Foundation and Ashoka reveal that ALL three category winning teams of amazing youth will go home with seed money for their inspiring projects – and more!
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BELLEVUE, Wash., February 21, 2020 /3BL Media/ – Oops, we did it again! T-Mobile senior leaders were SO impressed by the top three teams competing for the Grand Prize at this year’s T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge, they couldn’t just choose one winner … instead they awarded all three Category Winners the Grand Prize!

Meet the Teams Competing for the Second-Annual T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge Grand Prize of $10,000

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Last year T-Mobile and the T-Mobile Foundation kicked off the second-annual Changemaker Challenge, a nationwide search for young people with big ideas about how to change the world for good. The 2019 Challenge drew an unprecedented 428 submissions from teams across the US in three categories — Technology, Education and the Environment.

This Group of Changemakers is Making the World More Inclusive Through Video Games

By Emily Veith
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For the second consecutive year, T-Mobile, along with the T-Mobile Foundation and Ashoka, put out the call to young visionaries across the country to submit their world-changing ideas to the Changemaker Challenge. This contest encourages trailblazing young adults to submit big ideas that will make their communities – and the world – a more connected, sustainable, and inclusive place.

Changemaking Trends From 400+ Young People Across the US

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Today we revealed our top 30 entries in the 2019 T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge. Over the past three months, hundreds of changemakers ages 13–23 have told us about their ideas and initiatives to make a difference in their communities.

Tackling Fuel Poverty with Innovative Solutions

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Ashoka and the Schneider Electric Foundation, in partnership with Enel, recently awarded the 5 most innovative solutions to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy sustainability in Europe. Fuel poverty has become a major problem in Europe.

Ashoka and Schneider Electric Foundation Support Social Entrepreneurs to Tackle European Fuel Poverty

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In the past decade, fuel poverty has become a major challenge in Europe, where 50 to 125 million people are considered to be living in fuel poverty. One of the most serious consequences of fuel poverty is related to health. Insufficient heating affects the living conditions and health of households. Then, the poor insulation of houses, combined with inappropriate secondary heating, affects greenhouse gas emissions.

Food Security and Sustainable Nutrition is Achievable, but We Cannot Do It Alone

By Helen Medina
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Global hunger is on the rise again affecting 11 percent of the population. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide. According to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) Report, approximately 200 million children aged under five are stunted or suffer from wasting. This is a challenge that business can help solve but innovate partners are required.

Social Entrepreneur - What Would You Do with 400,000 Swiss Francs?

By Christian Frutiger, Head of Global Public Affairs at Nestlé
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The world’s population continues to expand. According to the UN, more than 9 billion people will live on the planet by 2050. Along with improvements in life expectancy, there are many more mouths to feed. Access to good nutrition, safe water sources and economic opportunities are needed to meet the challenge of our growing population. Innovative solutions will enable us to tackle poverty, disease and malnutrition.

Return of the NetSuite.org Hack(athon 4Good)

This year's Hackathon 4Good brings together employees, developers and customers to create innovative solutions for NetSuite's partners Ashoka and Juma Ventures.
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The Hack is Back! And by Hack, we mean the Hackathon 4Good, our one-day competition that brings together NetSuite developers, partners and customers to develop innovative solutions on the NetSuite platform to the challenges posed by two of our nonprofit partners. Back for its third year, the Hackathon 4Good is set for May 16th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the first day of SuiteWorld, NetSuite’s annual customer conference in San Jose, Calif.

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