Following the global launch of Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest last month, we are excited to announce the 20 finalists who our judges have selected from entries from more than 50 countries around the world. Among the finalists, six countries are represented including two students from the Philippines and one from Sri Lanka! Now we’re asking you to help make these three inspiring change-makers grand prize winners and our newest YouthSpark Ambassadors.
Starting today through April 22, you can vote once a day for the project that inspires you the most. To help you out, each of the 20 finalists created a video sharing more about themselves and their projects. Watch their videos and cast your vote today! We’ll announce the winners on May 1, so check back then to see if your favorite project won! Remember to vote once a day between now and April 22 and spread the word about #youthspark.
Meet the finalists
Below are highlights from the three finalists representing Asia Pacific. To learn more about all 20 finalists and their projects, visit the Microsoft Citizenship blog post that links to videos created by each of them to share more about themselves and their projects.
Dominic Co (Diliman, Quezon City, the Philippines) plans to develop an online curriculum to supplement the teaching of literature by famous Filipino authors so the stories come alive and resonate with today’s high school students.
Ryan Justin Reyes (Mandaue City, Cebu, the Philippines) developed SankalusuganQRX, a platform that aids with the search for loved ones after devastating natural disasters through a novel use of personal QR codes.
Mohamed Iqbal Isham Mohamed (Eastern Province, Sri Lanka) created a platform that collects data on Dengue fever and provides risk alerts via a mobile app to the community, doctors and medical workers to prevent the deadly disease from spreading.