Call for Nominations: 2011 Gleitsman International Activist Award

The Gleitsman Program for Leadership in Social Change encourages individual commitment and leadership by recognizing the exceptional achievement of innovators who have sparked positive social change. We seek those individuals whose vision and courage inspire others to join with them in confronting and challenging injustice.

The Gleitsman International Activist Award, was created in 1993 by the late Alan Gleitsman to honor leadership in social activism that has improved the quality of life in countries and inspired others to do the same. The honoree receives $125,000 and a specially commissioned sculpture designed by Maya Lin, the creator of the Vietnam War Memorial. Past honorees have included Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Yunus, activists such as Dr. Jaya Arunachalam and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, and, most recently, Karen Tse, founder of International Bridges to Justice.

For more information and to download the application materials, visit the Gleitsman Program’s web site.
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LIVE WEBINAR: Technology for a Better World – The Power of Design Thinking

Hosted by Youth Venture in partnership with Engineering for Change

Date: Monday, May 2, 2011
Time: 6:00PM-7:30PM EST

Whether you have new ideas on how to use technology to advance social change or you’re well on your way to implementing your own venture, this webinar can help. During this live webinar, you will:

  • Discover the principles of design thinking to better serve your target community
  • Apply design thinking to your Venture
  • Learn how Engineering for Change can benefit your Venture
  • Become inspired by other teams across the country

Hosted in partnership with Engineering for Change, a community of engineers, technologists, and social scientists who are committed to improving quality of life through appropriate technology solutions, you’ll walk away with practical and usable techniques to use right away.

And if you’re thinking about submitting an entry for the Technology for a Better World campaign, this webinar will help you improve your proposal and answer any questions you may have. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.genvcampaigns.org.

REGISTER TODAY! E-mail Melissa Miller at mmiller@youthventure.org with your name, school, team, and preferred e-mail address to RSVP.

Technology for a Better World

Young Inventors International is pleased to be a network partner in Technology for a Better World, an opportunity for fifty teams of young innovators age 13-18 to develop and implement solutions for positive social change. 

Ashoka’s Youth Venture and the Best Buy Children’s Foundation are looking for up to fifty teams to support through a combination of advisory services, seed funding, fundraising tools, webinars, and networking opportunities.  Plus, the top five teams will win exciting grand prizes – trips to Washington D.C. to further develop their ventures at Youth Venture’s headquarters and to be recognized at the Jefferson Awards, meeting prominent politicians and sharing their stories with the media.

Apply by May 9, 2011 in order to be considered for the opportunity to join Youth Venture’s community of more than 4,000 “ventures” – sustainable initiatives, organizations, clubs, or businesses that benefit our community or planet.

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day!

It’s that time of the year again – Ada Lovelace Day, which celebrates the achievements of women in science and technology.  Last year, I posted about the commendable work of The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology.

Through my work with Young Inventors, I have an opportunity to meet many interesting women entrepreneurs in science and technology.  This year, I thought I’d celebrate Ada Lovelace Day with a recap of a few of the women in technology who have spent time sharing their stories with our community (as a small dose of inspiration).

Podcasts with women entrepreneurs in technology (all of the interviews are available here):

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