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July 16, 2013 > Fremont student wins Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge

Fremont student wins Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge

Submitted By Naomi Zeitlin

Microsoft received hundreds of submissions for YouthSpark Challenge for Change, a contest that asked young people to create a project that would "spark change" by addressing a social issue in their communities or around the world. One of the five grand prize winners is Fremont, California native Sneha Jayaprakash.

Each grand prize winner receives a 3-week volunteer trip to Kenya in August, $2,500 to fund their projects, a Microsoft Surface RT, a Windows Phone 8, and an Xbox 360 with Kinect.

Sneha, a UC San Diego computer science major, will launch a mobile app and website, Bystanders to Upstanders (B2U), a gaming and social networking combo that rewards random acts of kindness and inspires students to get involved with their communities. "Long term, I'm hoping it will give students of all ages and backgrounds across the country the opportunity to become involved in their communities," said Sneha who added, "It's an unbelievable opportunity to get involved in a radically different culture. I'm excited to help build a school, to travel far outside the United States, and to meet the other winners."

To watch Sneha's winning video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l237onNbxZ4&feature=youtu.be

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