Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest kicks off today

Challenge for Change is back for a third year, tapping into the next generation of big ideas!

Those ages 13-25 are encouraged to submit an idea designed to spark change for good in their community or around the world for a chance to win amazing prizes. Everyone starts somewhere. Sparking change can be big or small – volunteering as a tutor or mentor, organizing campus events, or starting an organization to support a favorite cause. Entries for this online contest will be accepted through March 25.

Entering is easy. Simply answer a few questions about your idea and how Microsoft technology can help make it a reality.

Fifteen finalists from each age group (13-17 years old and 18-25 years old) will win a Surface Pro 3 with Office 365. Five grand prize winners from each age group will go on to win:

    • An amazing, leadership-development trip to Nicaragua learn about creating change
    • $2,500 cash  to help turn their ideas into a reality
    • A Microsoft Windows Phone
    • The opportunity to serve as a Microsoft YouthSpark Advocate for the year

Challenge for Change is part of Microsoft YouthSpark, a company-wide commitment to create education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people around the world.

To learn more, get inspired by hearing stories from previous years’ winners and to enter the Challenge for Change head over to

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