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This competition changes the world

What do we mean when we say “What Starts Here Changes the World”? How about providing arsenic-free water to schoolchildren in Bangladesh or finding a new and inexpensive way to deliver vaccines around the globe. These life-changing initiatives are among the many projects submitted to the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, which started six years ago at The University of Texas at Austin’s RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. 

The Challenge offers students from UT Austin and around the world a chance to solve some of society’s biggest problems — transforming college students into active social entrepreneurs, says Suzi Sosa, executive director of the Challenge and associate director of the RGK Center in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

“Imagine what the world looks like to a 20-year-old,” she says. “The global problems are not getting better. The job market is terrible, and they want to make an impact, and they are looking for an opportunity to create significance. And we are showing them the way.”

In 2012, the challenge received nearly 1,800 entries from more than 105 countries, which were voted on by expert judges and the public. The $50,000 grand prize went to Essmart Global for a project to help shop owners in India gain better access to innovation and technology.

What starts here is changing the world – for good.

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