T-Mobile US Inc.

02/21/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/21/2020 16:16

Surprise! T-Mobile Announces Not Just One, But Three Grand Prize Winners of the Second-Annual Changemaker Challenge

Bellevue, Washington - February 21, 2020 -Oops, we did it again! T-Mobile senior leaders were SO impressed by the top three teams competing for the Grand Prize at this year's T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge, they couldn't just choose one winner … instead they awarded all three Category Winners the Grand Prize!

The Changemaker Challenge is a nationwide search for youth ages 13-23 with big ideas for how to change the world for good. This week, 30 winning teams attended the three-day Changemaker Challenge Lab hosted at T-Mobile's Bellevue, Wash., headquarters where the three category winning teams, AVA (Technology), Stories Untold (Education) and Youth Climate Action Coalition (Environment) got the chance to pitch their ideas to T-Mobile leadership and compete for the Grand Prize.

Instead of just ONE team walking away with the Grand Prize, all three teams were selected to each receive a total of $10,000 in seed funding for their project, a return trip back to HQ to supercharge their ideas … AND in an unexpected Un-carrier twist, access to some of T-Mobile's best and brightest senior leaders who will serve as advocates for the winning teams and provide an extra level of support and strategic counsel personalized to their individual projects -including marketing and social media advice, software development support, business advice and mentorship.

'The Changemaker Challenge Lab is always one of THE most inspirational weeks at T-Mobile and this year did NOT disappoint - I was blown away! These young people have proven to me yet again that they have incredible stories and ideas and are willing to take big risks to drive positive, long-term change in their communities,' said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile President and COO. 'We were incredibly inspired by what we heard and look forward to rolling up our sleeves alongside these teams to help them amplify their impact. This is just the beginning of their amazing journeys!'