Last week teams of teens from all over the country pitched their ideas on how to change the world to T-Mobile execs in Bellevue, Washington and a group from Rochester won for the app they invented!

The event, known as the Changemaker Challenge Lab, is designed to "mobilize youth between ages of 13 and 18 who have bold ideas to create positive change in their communities."

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Rochester Graduates Win Seed Money In T-Mobile's Changemaker Challenge:

Rainieri Medina
Rainieri Medina

The students, Anjali Donthi (pictured above), Sarah Bulur, and Caitlin McWilliams,  are all Century High graduates and current college freshmen. The group was awarded $15,000 in seed money from T-Mobile’s Changemaker Challenge for the app they created.

Learn more about the 2021 Changemaker Challenge Winners:

  • Technology
    Operation Serenity (Rochester, MN): An app that gives pediatric patients preparing for surgery peace of mind through kid-friendly simulations
  • Environment
    Aquapods (San Jose, CA): A 100 percent plant-based, biodegradable sponge that combats water waste and leads to more fertile soil
  • Education
    Medicine Encompassed (North Brunswick, NJ): A student-run non-profit organization working to solve the problem of underrepresentation in medicine
  • Family Challenge
    Terracan (Bellevue, WA): A smart trash can and app that calculates your waste footprint to help reduce garbage

Janice V. Kapner, T-Mobile’s Chief Communications and Brand Officer said, “At T-Mobile, we’re passionate about empowering the next generation to blaze new trails and that’s why nothing excites me more than giving these amazing young teams even more support through Changemaker Challenge to continue driving and innovating solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. We were all so incredibly inspired by the pitches we heard at the Changemaker Challenge Lab. I know their future is bright, and can’t wait to see what all these teams will accomplish in years to come!”

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