Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change is a global contest that encourages young people who are passionate about social causes to submit their ideas on how they can spark social good in their communities, college campuses or throughout the world, using the new Windows and Office. Five grand prize winners will receive a volunteer travel experience to the Amazon, US$2,500 cash to kick-start their projects and a Microsoft technology bundle including Windows Phone 8, Xbox One and Surface 2 (or equivalent device).


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, we have young people from Asia Pacific, 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.

Today is your last chance! Vote today, April 22, 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 on Facebook today! We’ll announce the winners on May 1, so check back then to see if your favorite project won! Remember to vote TODAY 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. 

imageDominic Co (Diliman, Quezon City, 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. View Dominic’s video here.

imageRyan Justin Reyes (Mandaue City, Cebu, 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. View Ryan’s video here.

 Mohamed Iqbal Isham Mohamed (Eastern Province, Sri Lanka) created a platform that collects data on Dengue fever and provides risk alerts. View Mohamed’s video here.