Meet the Judges for Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change

By Elisa Willman, senior manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs

We lined up a great panel of judges for Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change. They have backgrounds in social entrepreneurship, nonprofits and technology, and their job is to select 20 finalists with the most promising ideas to move to the next phase of the competition. They reviewed inspiring submissions from more than 50 countries that covered a range of issues including food security, personal empowerment, digital literacy, STEM education, healthcare, environmentalism and entrepreneurship – just to name a few! We’ll announce the 20 finalists on Tuesday, April 15.

Meet the Judges

From left to right: Romanus Berg, Adam Braun, Jennifer Corriero, Ben Goldhirsh

Romanus Berg, chief information officer, Ashoka

Adam Braun, founder, Pencils of Promise

Jennifer Corriero, executive director, TakingITGlobal

Ben Goldhirsh, co-founder and CEO, GOOD

From left to right: Rachel Abbot, Clair Deevy, Matthew Tams, Yvonne Thomas

Rachel Abbot, US & Worldwide Student Lead for the Windows Experiential Team at Microsoft

Clair Deevy, leads Microsoft’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs in Asia Pacific

Matt Tams, senior marketing and communications manager, Global Advertising Team at Microsoft

Yvonne Thomas, senior program manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs at Microsoft