Roopam Sharma from Faridabad and Sonal Jain Padamchand from Chennai among the 10 grand prize winners of the global contest
Faridabad, India – 28 May 2015: Microsoft India today announced that two Indian students are among the 10 grand prize winners of the third edition of Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change contest. Faridabad’s Roopam Sharma and Chennai’s Sonal Jain Padamchand won these top spots for their projects – Emancipator and World in a box! respectively. Other winners include students from Chile, Ecuador, Greece, Nepal, Nigeria, United States, and Uruguay.
Microsoft awarded exciting prizes to help the winners do more and achieve more. The five grand prize winners from each age group (13-17 and 18-25) have won a leadership-development trip to Nicaragua to learn about creating change, $2,500 cash to help turn their ideas into a reality, a Windows Phone and the opportunity to serve as a Microsoft YouthSpark Advocate and take advantage of YouthSpark training and resources. In its third year now, Challenge for Change is a part of Microsoft YouthSpark, which is Microsoft’s commitment to empower young people through technology and provide opportunities in education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
Faridabad’s Roopam Sharma, a 20-year old, won the award for creating a real-time tracking system called Emancipator to help people suffering from dementia and related disorders. Assisting by the means of Geo-fencing and Wearable Technology, Emancipator consists of a mobile app that alerts both the patient and caregiver if the patient leaves certain boundaries, and it offers a combination of voice navigation and additional alerts to help guide the person back home safely. Focusing on gender equality, Chennai’s 22-year old Sonal Jain Padamchand clinched her place for designing an educational program called World in a box! to bring “video classrooms” to more children in remote and impoverished places. To know more about their projects, please visit Roopam Sharma’s Emancipator and Sonal Jain Padamchand’s World in a box!
Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change, a global online contest, encourages young people who are passionate about social causes to submit their ideas for how they can spark social good in their communities, schools, or throughout the world, using Microsoft technologies. Lowering the age limit for the first time to below 18, this online contest is divided into two categories -13-17 years and 18-25 years. This year, the contest received thousands of submissions from youth from more than 100 countries, of which 30 finalists spanning 14 countries around the world were shortlisted this year and winners were chosen through public voting.