May 12, 2011

Google's Zeitgeist Young Minds 2011 Winners

Google and the Zeitgeist team are gearing up for its annual Zeitgeist event in few days. They are proud to announce this year's Zeitgeist Young Minds Ambassadors who will take their place alongside the Greatest Minds and innovators of today at Zeitgeist 2011, including the world-renowned physicist and cosmologist, Prof. Stephen Hawking. Previous speakers have included the Arch-Bishop Desmond Tutu, Superstar 'Will I Am' and global entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

The competition was to find 12 exceptional, motivated and inspiring young adults from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa; who are making a positive impact in their worlds. Those 12 individuals have been found and selected.
They are:

Brian Magwaro Mogaka

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.

Grace Ihejiamaizu

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.

Michael Mulunga

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.

Karabo Thosa

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 Serunjogi

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.

Sadiq Miah

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.

Sebastian Thiel

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.

Anna Debenham

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 with the aims to improve IT education in the UK.

These winners will attend Zeitgeist 2011 from 15th to 17th May, just outside London, where they will take part in a series of bespoke master classes hosted by Google and get their hands on the latest Google gadget.
Some of them will even get the opportunity to address the audience at the prestigious 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.

About Livity
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.
About Zeitgeist
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:

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