Ximena Prugue (19) wins the Maurice Lacroix sponsored Young Entrepreneur Award with “Giving the Green Light”
As part of the “What’s Your Issue?” initiative, 19-year old Ximena Prugue from Miami, USA, was presented with the Young Entrepreneur Award for her project “Giving the Green Light”. “What’s Your Issue?” is a US non-profit project and a global youth initiative and competition that nurtures the next generation of leaders and social entrepreneurs.
The movie entry “Giving the Green Light” highlighted an issue being faced by millions of people who inhale kerosene-contaminated air on a daily basis (for example, through using kerosene lamps) and who are thus seriously at risk of developing lung cancer. In parallel, the movie also presented a solution to the problem, namely by replacing kerosene lamps with solar-powered torches. Further information can be found at www.givingthegreenlight.org.
As the exclusive watch partner of “What’s Your Issue?”, Maurice Lacroix introduced the Young Entrepreneur Award and presented it for the first time this year to the young winner.
The most important issues highlighted for 2010 are the environment, education, healthcare, poverty, national security and defense, public service, human rights and equality, technology and the economic recession. Winning solutions, chosen by the VIP Jury and the public (online) were presented to senior officials in the Obama administration at a VIP event in Washington, DC and at an Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles.
This year’s VIP Jury consisted of Tom Brokaw, Jack Black, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Yoko Ono, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, Oprah Winfrey Network CEO Christina Norman, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Apple Education Vice President John Couch, Sony Pictures Entertainment Executive Vice President Jim Kennedy, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Best Buy Senior Vice President James Damian, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Actor/Writer/Director Liev Schreiber, Global Philanthropy Group President Trevor Neilson, Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, and Actor and Philanthropists Kirk Douglas and Anne Douglas. In previous years, members of the VIP jury included personalities such as Barack Obama and George Clooney.
About “What’s Your Issue?”
The “What’s Your Issue?” Foundation is a US not-for-profit organization which runs an internet-based film and song competition, as well as Y/E, The Young Entrepreneur Network and a program of Video Tutorials. The mission of “What’s Your Issue?” Foundation is to provide a unique national platform for young adults to propose creative solutions to some of our nation’s most important challenges and for that voice to be heard, honored, and acted upon by leaders in government, the media, the private sector, and the nonprofit world. The broader year-round mission of this dynamic and multi-faceted initiative is to encourage and support civic engagement by young adults – supported by an educational platform offering leadership and social entrepreneurial skills, as well as video-making skills.
The Film Your Issue competition, in its 5th year, is looking for solution-project ideas to front-burner issues from young adults 14 to 24 in a 3-minute video format, with accompanying one-sheet description.
The new Issue Song competition is looking for original 3-minute songs using the power of music to illuminate front-burner issues.
About Maurice Lacroix
Since the launch of its first watch model in 1975, Maurice Lacroix has developed to become a sought-after Manufacture brand. With its own factories producing complex components for mechanical calibers, Maurice Lacroix joined the exclusive league of Swiss watchmakers at the end of 2006. Thanks to continued innovative development both in technical fields and in design, Maurice Lacroix has registered several patents and trademarks.
Maurice Lacroix is one of the few independent watchmakers and employs more than 200 people worldwide, the majority of whom are based at the international head office in Zürich and the production facilities in Saignelégier and Montfaucon in Switzerland.