Judges announced for Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change

The judges for the second annual Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change come from a variety of backgrounds, including social entrepreneurship, nonprofits and technology.

Judges include Romanus Berg, chief information officer, Ashoka; Adam Braun, founder, Pencils of Promise; Jennifer Corriero, executive director, TakingITGlobal; and Ben Goldhirsh, co-founder and CEO, GOOD. The judges will select 20 finalists, to be announced April 15, with the most promising ideas moving to the next phase of the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change competition.

There were submissions from young people ages 18 to 25 from more than 50 countries covering a range of issues – food security, personal empowerment, digital literacy, STEM education, healthcare, environmentalism and entrepreneurship.

Challenge for Change is part of a companywide commitment to create education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 300 million young people by 2015.

To learn more, head over to the Corporate Citizenship Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff