Winners of the 2023 Rise Global Challenge Will Join 17 Past Winners From India and 200 Winners Worldwide To Receive Access to a Lifetime of Benefits
Schmidt Futures, in partnership with the Rhodes Trust, announced that young people ages 15 to 17 (as of July 1st, 2023) can apply for the 2023 Rise Global Challenge with the launch of the ‘Rise To’ campaign. The flagship program of Schmidt Futures and the anchor of a broader $1 billion philanthropic commitment from Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Risefinds brilliant people who need opportunity and supports them for life as they work to serve others. Rise will build a lifelong community of students, teachers, and institutions across sectors who aim to help others. The program, which identifies young people between the ages of 15 and 17 from around the world, is designed to encourage a lifetime of service and learning by providing support that could include scholarships, career services, and funding opportunities to help these leaders serve others for decades to come.
Since its inception, Rise has welcomed over 150,000 people from over 170 countries to its community and selected 200 Winners from 69 countries of origin who have showcased their brilliance – from making education more accessible to mitigating global warming and developing tools to detect cancer better.
Over the last two years, 17 Indian students have been selected as Rise Global Winners. Their projects include: Creating an e-commerce app to help mothers become entrepreneurs; Designed a machine learning model with geospatial techniques that would accurately predict areas that were most susceptible to landslides to support the people affected; Inventing a tag-based device that helps Alzheimer patients and the elderly keep track of their day-to-day objects; and We are developing a low-cost non-invasive test to detect gastrointestinal cancers, among others. “Avanti Fellows is thrilled to grow our partnership with Rise in India as we work together to find and support the next generation of young problem-solvers looking to build a better world,” said Akshay Saxena, Co-founder and Director of Avanti Fellows.
Schmidt Futures recognizes that talent is created equally. Still, opportunity is not, which is why the Rise program partners with 30+ global organizations, including NBA Africa, United World College (UWC), Manchester United Foundation, Teach for All, Amideast, and Latin American Leadership Academy to scour the globe to find brilliant young people who are passionate about building a better world.
To celebrate the opening of applications, the ‘Rise To’ creative campaign invites brilliant young minds to continue to turn opportunities into action as they ‘Rise To’ face the world’s most pressing issues. Produced by Ogilvy, the campaign seeks to inspire and foster a global community of 15- to 17-year-olds invested in creating a better future. Rise has partnered with multi-platinum singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs, known for her viral track “River,” on a series of beautifully shot films and audio ads featuring 2021 Rise Global Winners. The ads will come to life across social media and on Spotify and are set to the tune of Brigg’s new single “superhuman.” The song, which was recently released, is inspired by this new generation of young people and recognizes the superhumans that lie dormant in each of us.
“As a new parent, when I wrote “superhuman,” I was inspired by this brilliant up-and-coming generation,” said Bishop Briggs. “The Rise Global Winners’ dedication to building a better world exemplifies what the song is about — knowing you have the strength to continue on no matter what comes your way.”
‘Rise To’ features an integrated digital campaign showcasing the diverse brilliance of Rise Global Winners and invites more to join the community, which kicked off with an activation celebrating Global Winners in Times Square in New York.