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Below you will find information about the 25 winning teams of the Our Planet, Our Purpose: STEM for Changemaking Challenge. Each team will receive $1,000 seed funding and participation in the Changemaker Summit, an immersive online experience in which teams will receive mentorship from General Motors executives, skills training from Ashoka and network opportunities with other amazing teams.   

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Our purpose is to educate young minorities on the importance of plants and environmental friendliness by way of a mobile greenhouse

Our purpose is to educate young minorities on the importance of plants and environmental friendliness by way of a mobile greenhouse

Photo of LeAisha Wells
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Mobile app-driven implementation for global sustainability by donating and repurposing cast-off hotel linens to shelters in need

Mobile app-driven implementation for global sustainability by donating and repurposing cast-off hotel linens to shelters in need

Photo of Vivian Wang
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Turning plastic bags into sleeping mats for homeless and educating youth on climate change (focused on pollution) through hands-on learning.

Turning plastic bags into sleeping mats for homeless and educating youth on climate change (focused on pollution) through hands-on learning.

Photo of Isha Patel
6 4

Bee Aware is an initiative that creates technology to protect the honeybee population and encourages individual action for large impacts.

Bee Aware is an initiative that creates technology to protect the honeybee population and encourages individual action for large impacts.

Photo of Navya Rao
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Our team of 4 created a simplistic, yet innovative way to solve one of the world's most pressing issues - water scarcity.

Our team of 4 created a simplistic, yet innovative way to solve one of the world's most pressing issues - water scarcity.

Photo of Aarushi Wadhwa
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A student-powered nonprofit, dedicated to ending the cycles of hunger and poverty through food rescue.

A student-powered nonprofit, dedicated to ending the cycles of hunger and poverty through food rescue.

Photo of Alayna Meade
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FireWatch is low-cost device that is able to accurately  identify and localize forest fires.

FireWatch is low-cost device that is able to accurately identify and localize forest fires.

Photo of Neil Suri
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Empower our community with innovative and actionable solutions to environmental challenges through the EcoEye App and Go Green Events

Empower our community with innovative and actionable solutions to environmental challenges through the EcoEye App and Go Green Events

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The Neptune Project leverages big data to identify communities that have the greatest risk for lead contamination and provides them testing.

The Neptune Project leverages big data to identify communities that have the greatest risk for lead contamination and provides them testing.

Photo of Ananya Sridhar