We published an article in February calling for young people to participate in a video competition organized by Livity and supported by Google to find the pioneers, change makers and leaders of tomorrow to take their place alongside the greatest minds and innovators of today at Google’s Zeitgeist 2011 event near London on May 15 – 17. You can read the story by clicking here
We are excited to announce that Zeitgeist yesterday released the 12 selected winners! The list include young people from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Namibia etc. Click here to read their profiles and watch the winning entries!
Congratulations to all the 12 winners! And of course, to everyone who entered the competition.
The winners, all between the ages of 18 to 24 years, will attend Google’s Zeitgeist event, where previous speakers have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former US President Bill Clinton, Black Eyed Peas superstar Will.I.Am and global entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.
Inspired by how the youth were living and surviving in the slums of Kenya, Brian founded a youth led organization which helps young people from the slums make a better life for themselves through activities and work.
A passionate and committed graduate who is helping young people develop their leadership and entrepreneurship skills towards nation building, through her RYPE Project (Raising Young and Productive Entrepreneurs), an after-school youth development program.
After observing the poor conditions that the youth in Namibia lived with, Michael decided to work youths from one of the poorest communities in his region to start a poultry project as part of them generating an income for themselves.
Passionate audio and film student Karabo, along with her friend Taleni, have worked together to set up a community development programme for the children in South Africa.
Paul “Slim” Banda
An active Aids activist born HIV positive. Paul aims to empower other young people in Africa with HIV and help them to fight the stigma attached with their HIV status through his music and constant dialogue.
Orly Keit Setton
As a young, dedicated and passionate South African, Orli has set up ‘Re.think Leadership’ which aims to promote dialogue across boundaries existing in contemporary South African society and encourage youth leadership.
Matheus Zancul Ortega
Inspired to act after the terrible earthquake in Haiti, Matheus set up the Haiti Music School, to shine a positive, human light on the people of Haiti. Matheus believes in using the arts and creativity to make a positive impact and believes that love and initiative is enough to change the world.
Phofane Ludwick Marishane
A budding entrepreneur with a passion for learning and mentoring who also invented the worlds first and only bath substituting lotion ‘DryBath™ Gel’ aimed at providing an alternative to conventional baths which saves lives and water.
Richard heads up Policy for the Spirit of London Awards Foundation and is an Article 12 Advisor for UNICEF UK, he is also part of the UK Youth Parliament and campaigns hard for the rights of young people.
The Founding Director of Future Voices International, a youth communication media school that works around the world. Sadiq aims to improve social cohesion through expressive media in segregated communities in Latin America.
As one of the UK’s most promising young entrepreneurs, Sebastian set up ‘Its Upshot’ a fashion and entertainment brand aimed at young people. ‘Its Upshot’ is about aiming high and standing tall despite hurdles and obstacles placed in front of you.
Appalled by the lack of education and decent advice out there for students wanting a career in web design or development, freelance web developer Anna set up http://scrunchup.com with the aims to improve IT education in the UK.
For more information about the event, please contact Oyin Akiniyi or Aisha Siddiq on 0207 326 5979 or firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Livity is a socially responsible youth communications agency. We work with young people every day to co-create campaigns, content and communities. Our clients, including Google, Coca Cola, Sony PlayStation, NSPCC, BBC Three, O2 and Channel 4, get uniquely deep youth insights and a precious pool of young talent, energy and ideas. Our young people get training, equipment, support and opportunities to build brighter futures.
Zeitgeist is Google’s annual European partner forum held just outside London, currently in its 6th year, bringing together around 400 business and thought leaders from across Europe. Highlights from last year’s event can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/user/eurozeitgeist