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General Motors (GM) and Ashoka recognize young people as powerful actors in solving our planet's most pressing sustainability challenges. We are partnering to launch Our Planet, Our Purpose: STEM for Changemaking, an online challenge for young changemakers across the U.S. 

To thrive in a dynamic, ever-changing world, we need more changemakers responding to the problems around us. Leading innovators throughout history have been motivated by urgent societal issues, like climate change. Purpose and commitment are key ingredients for anyone to unlock their changemaking potential — and that includes engineers, scientists, and tech experts. By combining changemaking and STEM education, young people are driving us towards a more sustainable future. 

Are you a young person creatively using STEM skills to make our world more sustainable? Together, let's strengthen the movement among a new generation of problem solvers taking on sustainability issues. Join us! 

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STEM for Changemaking

Are you eligible to enter? To qualify, you and your application must meet all of the criteria listed here. How will winners be chosen? The selection committee will be looking for Changemakers who provide strong answers to a range of questions about what your initiative does, how it runs, and your changemaking story. Learn more!

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All of the innovations and ideas will be reviewed by representatives from General Motors, Ashoka and the Changemaker peer community based on eligibility criteria. Learn more about what entrants

2019 STEM for Changemaking Challenge

Looking for inspiration? Last year, Ashoka and General Motors recognized 25 extraordinary young people whose ventures and projects leverage STEM to improve their schools, neighborhoods and communities.

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The automotive industry helped transform the world – reshaping our physical world and fundamentally changing the way many people lead their lives. However, with mass mobility also came crashes, environmental impact and time wasted due to congestion. Today, General Motors aims to transform the world again by creating a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Success won’t happen overnight, but with the help of passionate innovators, motivated by urgent societal issues (like climate change), we can make these visions a reality.