In 2020, America’s public consciousness awakens from one of the largest social justice movements in the history of the US. Americans had public conversations about racism, legacy of slavery, and other social justice topics. As relatively recent arrivals to America, Asian Pacific Island Desi Americans (APIDA) entered the social justice conversations with many different perspectives given that APIDA come from over forty different countries and hundreds of languages. As the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. (in terms of percentages), APIDA needs to engage in the conversation.

The 2021 Spark the Future competition will give participants the opportunity to showcase their understanding of the cultural context of APIDA, relevance of APIDA engagement and develop creative solutions that engage the APIDA community in the conversation of social justice.


In this time of COVID and social justice, how do we as the APIDA community share our stories to bring awareness to issues (bimodal nature of APIDA distribution of healthcare, education, income, etc.)?

APIDA Allyship
Given the complexity of the APIDA community, how do we become better allies and communicate the allyship within our community and outside?


Teams will consist of:
Minimum of 2 members and maximum of 5 members
All members will be enrolled students in college or high school at the time of entry


Scoring will be determined as following:

  • 25% Addressing the Track tropic at hand
  • 10% Unique and Innovative Approach
  • 25% Scalability of the proposal from concept to wide implementation
  • 25% Communication
  • 15% Use of Technology

Scoring will be determined as following:

  • $3,000 - 1st Place
  • $1,500 - 2nd Place
  • $1,000 - Fan Favorite
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