This week, fifteen teams of visionary teens gathered at T-Mobile’s headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. for the Changemaker Challenge Lab, a nationwide contest by T-Mobile, the T-Mobile Foundation, and partner Ashoka to mobilize youth between ages of 13 and 18 who have bold ideas to create positive change in their communities. As part of the three-day event, the four top teams in each category (Environment, Education, Technology, and Family Challenge) pitched their ideas to change the world for good to T-Mobile executives for the chance to win a $15,000 seed funding grand prize. Once again, senior leaders were so impressed that they couldn’t choose just one winner. So, in an Un-carrier twist, they decided ALL four teams will receive a total of $15,000 in seed funding for their project AND mentorship from T-Mobile’s senior leaders to help develop action plans to turn their ideas into reality.
“At T-Mobile, we’re passionate about empowering the next generation to blaze new trails and that’s why nothing excites me more than giving these amazing young teams even more support through Changemaker Challenge to continue driving and innovating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues,” said Janice V. Kapner, T-Mobile’s Chief Communications and Brand Officer. “We were all so incredibly inspired by the pitches we heard at the Changemaker Challenge Lab. I know their future is bright, and can’t wait to see what all these teams will accomplish in years to come!”
To learn more about this year’s Changemaker Challenge Grand Prize winners, see below:
Operation Serenity (Rochester, MN): An app that gives pediatric patients preparing for surgery peace of mind through kid-friendly simulations
Aquapods (San Jose, CA): A 100 percent plant-based, biodegradable sponge that combats water waste and leads to more fertile soil
Medicine Encompassed (North Brunswick, NJ): A student-run non-profit organization working to solve the problem of underrepresentation in medicine
- Family Challenge
Terracan (Bellevue, WA): A smart trash can and app that calculates your waste footprint to help reduce garbage