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T-Mobile Announces Top 30 Changemaker Challenge Winners -- These Young Visionaries Are Changing the World for Good!


In nationwide search for young innovators, the Un-carrier and Ashoka
saw more than 330 entries and have selected the top 30 trailblazing
teams to visit T-Mobile Bellevue for two-day lab to help fast-track
their world-changing ideas

T-Mobile has been changing wireless for good and now the Un-carrier is
setting its sights even higher by giving youth some tools to change the world
for good! The T-Mobile
Changemaker Challenge
is a nationwide search to find teens and young
adults with big ideas around how to create positive long-lasting change
in their communities. After launching the program on March 28 and
spending the last few months collecting and reviewing more than 330
unique and creative entries, T-Mobile is today revealing the top 30
winning submissions whose teams will get to visit T-Mobile Bellevue, for
a VIP, all expenses paid lab and mentoring experience as part of the
first ever T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge.

"The Un-carrier is all about driving change and pushing against the
status quo -- and that's what Changemaker Challenge and these young
visionaries are about, too!" said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. "I am
blown away and personally inspired by how this generation of youth is
motivated to find solutions to issues in their communities by stepping
up and taking action. They've dreamed up some big ideas and we want to
do everything we can to help them bring their incredible dreams to life!"

Over the past few months, judges from T-Mobile and Ashoka
partnered and reviewed submissions from youth teams (between the
ages of 13 and 23) from across the country. Project ideas ranged from
building libraries in underdeveloped countries to distributing excess
food to hungry people to facilitating conversations between youth and
local law enforcement. Winning teams have been selected based on the
following criteria:

  • Changemaker Quality – already taking steps to make a difference
  • Creativity – fresh, innovative ideas that challenge the norm
  • Commitment – devoted to seeing their project through, and to
    make a lasting impact
  • Connection – ability and openness to work with others in their

The 30 Changemaker Challenge winners include
the following projects:

  • ArtPass
    (OR): Reimagines how kids across the world perceive and experience
    being in a hospital.
  • Aware
    (WA): Provides a more inclusive environment for students with special
  • Badge
    (MA): Facilitates conversation between urban youth and
    neighborhood police force.
  • Bay
    Area Solutions B.A.S.
    (CA): Educates youth about using art to
    create meaningful change in their community.
  • Bits
    N' Bytes
    (CA, IL, IN, NJ, and NY): Equips citizens with cyber
    security skills through multi-media education.
  • Common
    (NE and MO): Supports LGBTQ youth while strengthening their
    community of allies.
  • Coppercuties
    (WA): Creates jewelry that spreads awareness about a variety of social
  • Dios
    del Sol (God of the Sun)
    (PR): Works with faith-based institutions
    in Puerto Rico to bring solar power to tens of thousands of people.
  • Dual
    (DE): Empowers students to launch passion projects.
  • Echo
    (CA, ID, VA, WA): Social media game where users earn points
    for taking a photo of a good deed.
  • E-JangRadio
    (CA, FL, Hong Kong, Senegal): Teaches English via radio programs in
    Senegal, where people lack consistent internet access
  • HER
    (D.C., VA, Pakistan, and Morocco): Builds libraries at underfunded
    girls' schools in developing countries.
  • Kids
    First Project
    (CA, OR, and D.C.): Brings educational and
    recreational programs for homeless youth.
  • "Meating"
    the Need for Our Village
    (MI and NC): Utilizes local farm
    donations to fight food insecurity in rural areas.
  • Operation
    (WA): Makes the science of climate change accessible
    through an educational game.
  • Peerlift
    (CA, MA, and PA): Provides an online platform for students to share
    college scholarships and internships with fellow students.
  • RISE
    (Refugee International Support Effort)
    (VA): Provides hope to
    refugees through creative outlets and passion projects.
  • Service
    Day Toolkit
    (MN): Engages residents to build community within a
  • Signal
    (VA): Focused on education on how to stay safe during natural
  • Sole2Soul
    (CA): Reuses and repurposes shoes for low income communities and
  • South
    Texas Ideas
    (TX): Encourages underprivileged Hispanic communities
    to pursue their interests.
  • Standing
    (FL): Closes the achievement gap through mentorship and civic
  • Student
    Political Action Coalition
    (MA, PA, TN): Opens collegiate chapters
    that engage students in political issues and topics.
  • Tech-Savvy
    (NJ): Provides inexpensive computer education and devices for children
    in low income families.
  • The
    Party Project
    (OR): Creates birthday party supply kits for youth
    in low income families.
  • The
    Yellow Tulip Project
    (ME): Shifts the stigma around mental health
    and creates hope for young people.
  • Threading
    (TX): Creates a platform for activist youth to publish their
    views and engage with each other.
  • Urban
    (WA and D.C.): Distributes produce from urban farms to school
    food pantries.
  • Vaayu
    (MA): Reduces pollution with mosses that are formulated to purify the
  • Waste
    No Food
    (CA, IL, and FL): Model for collecting excess food and
    distributing it to hungry people.

Now, the top 30 selected teams will participate in a two-day immersive
Changemaker Lab at T-Mobile's Headquarters in Bellevue on August 19
through 21. They will receive in-depth mentorship and skills training
with T-Mobile senior leadership and get the chance to collaborate with
their fellow Changemakers. All 30 winning teams will also receive a new
device and a portion of nearly $60,000 in seed funding from the T-Mobile

The highlight of the lab will be each team formally pitching their big
idea to a panel of T-Mobile senior executives to receive real-time
feedback on their plans and advice on how to put them into action. John
Legere, the original Un-CEO, will also select his personal "CEO Picks".
Winners will receive a special prize package, created by Legere. The
ultimate goal: turn their revolutionary ideas into a sustainable reality!

"The innovation and passion shown by these young changemakers is nothing
short of inspiring," said Bill Drayton, Founder and CEO of Ashoka.
"Together with T-Mobile, it's our goal to help them kickstart their
ideas into action and help them develop real, sustainable plans for
changing the world for the good of all!"

About T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge

The T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge was inspired by America's youth
activism and developed in partnership with and sponsored by Ashoka, the
world's leading network of systems-changing social entrepreneurs.
T-Mobile is partnering with Ashoka for the Changemaker Challenge because
for the last 40 years, Ashoka has supported social entrepreneurs as they
bring new ideas to systemically address the world's biggest challenges
as well as helped develop their skills to transform those ideas into
national, regional and global social impact. Ashoka works around the
globe with partners like T-Mobile to support youth with developing core
competencies of empathy, teamwork, collaborative leadership, and
change-making skills.

See the full list of winners at
and join the conversation with #TMoChangemaker.

About T-Mobile US, Inc.

As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ:TMUS) is redefining
the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading
product and service innovation. Our advanced nationwide 4G LTE network
delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 72.6 million customers who
are unwilling to compromise on quality and value. Based in Bellevue,
Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and
operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS. For more
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