by Lekan Olanrewaju
Google has announced a search for participants for this year’s edition of its Zeitgeist Young Minds program. Ten 18-24 year-olds who are making an impact in their communities in the areas of science, the arts, education, leadership or innovation will be chosen to attend the even taking place in the UK later this year. Interested parties will have to upload a video, no longer than a minute, showing how they are making a difference in their communities.
The announcement posted on the Google Africa Blog reads:
Are you between 18 and 24 years old and have done something to make an impact in the world? Do you fancy the opportunity to come to the UK and meet some of the great minds of our time? If so, apply by March 19 to Google’s youth challenge, Zeitgeist Young Minds, by uploading a short video telling your story, what matters to you and how you’re making a positive impact on your world. We want to find the most exceptional and inspiring young people who are helping others through science, the arts, education, leadership or innovation.
Winners will meet the leaders attending 2012 Zeitgeist. Previous Zeitgeist speakers have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, and Google CEO Larry Page.
The inaugural ‘Young Minds’ competition rewarded a series of pathbreakers, ranging from a student who launched free hip-hop dance classes for high-risk youth to a South African AIDS activist to a student who founded an organization offering IT education.
Events agency Livity is managing the contest and will pick the winners. Zeitgeist Young Minds is open to all young people ages 18-24 who are residents of South Africa, Algeria, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Egypt, Spain, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Russia , Sweden, Tunisia, and Yemen.