Spark the Rise Contest Update
After a roller-coaster ride, Isha’s Empower Generation NEXT project topped the public voting round of the Spark the Rise contest. Thanks to all our well-wishers!
 
 

The last 10 days were an edge-of-the-seat ride as Empower Generation NEXT – Isha’s Government School Adoption Program (GSAP) project – competed with 18 other finalists in Mahindra’s Spark the Rise contest, and came out on top in the public voting round.

Spark the Rise is an initiative which lets people submit a “Spark” – a Project or Idea that aims to drive positive change – and work to make it a reality! Sparks are evaluated both by the public and by the Spark the Rise expert jury, and winners receive grants from Mahindra.

Most of the contest saw us steadily moving along in second place, until Day 6 when we suddenly slipped into the third spot. One of the other projects suddenly managed to gain a large amount of votes in a few days. However, we made a mass appeal to our well-wishers via email, SMS, Facebook, on our websites, and through public interaction to spread the word.

Slowly but surely, we started to see our numbers creep up. By March 18th, just two days before the close of the contest, we were less than 1000 votes from the top spot. After that, the votes just started to sky-rocket. By the end of the day, we were in the lead, and by quite a large number.

The Public Has Its Say!

Our grassroots approach really brought in the majority of votes in the end. In the last few days of the contest, volunteers raised awareness about GSAP among the public by interacting with them in busy areas – at the bus stand, the railway station, and in business and shopping areas. These interactions created a perfect opportunity for us to spread the word about the work we do to provide quality education to rural children.

Thanks to everyone who helped us in getting to over 86,000+ votes. It’s amazing what we can achieve when we pull together for a cause and spread the word.

We Aren’t Winners Yet

Although public voting was a large part of the contest, it isn’t the only deciding factor. The final round involves evaluation by a Jury Panel. On April 3rd and 4th, projects will work together for two intensive days, before presenting their projects before an evaluation panel on April 5th. Once the pitches are done, the results for the Grand Finale will be announced by the evening of April 5th.

 
 
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5 years 3 months ago

Good luck to you guys. Whoever wins, for sure they have positive interests that they wish to share for the common good. This is a really great way of getting people to become involved and share their views to the public.

5 years 3 months ago

Happy to hear that Isha has topped the contest.My wishes to Isha for the Grand Finale

5 years 3 months ago

All the very best

5 years 3 months ago

Namaskar Thanksgiving Good best wishes to all.

5 years 3 months ago

didnt know that spirituality was about competing...:(

5 years 3 months ago

Congrats and Best wishes :) !!!

5 years 3 months ago

on 20th between 5.22pm to 5.23pm we receive 113 votes.... that's ISHA... tks to all who worked in this project....

5 years 3 months ago

Yayyyy:)))Isha deserves to win. All those students who will get adopted deserve to win.

5 years 3 months ago

Isha will win for sure....the panel will for sure understand the voting rate that occurred on the final day.....great.....thanks to all who participated in the voting....

5 years 3 months ago

congrats to all.lets hope for bright future for rural children.good luck for finale.

5 years 3 months ago

Motivate, help the poor among the poorest, but limit yourself, don't try to run parallel govt.

5 years 3 months ago

Isha Isha Isha...Surely we will win.

5 years 3 months ago

I think all contestants had interesting ideas. It is sad that someone has to win, which means the others dont get the necessary funding. While I am a meditator and completely won over by Isha, I feel that there must be ways in which every contestant trying to do some genuine work in the social space should get the funding required. Wonder how one can do that!