(Inside BlackBerry Blog readers, please welcome Angela K. for a quick guest post to tell you about the winner of a great BlackBerry initiative…read on! – Ed.)
The BlackBerry® team spent five months searching for Canada’s best life campus story that they believed would inspire and excite the whole country. Canadian College and University students entered to tell all of Canada why they were living the best life.
The contestants were required to upload a photo or video and a short essay to the contest website to spread the word throughout their campus as to why their life was best. The 30 entrants that generated the highest number of votes moved on to compete in a series of challenges with opportunity to receive prizes along the way.
From the very start of the competition, Zachary Wan and the Canadian Asian International Student Association (CAISA) from the University of Western Ontario stood out from the crowd. In a short period of time, Zachary and the members of CAISA mobilized their media lives by creating how-to-vote promotional videos and using their BlackBerry smartphones to create over 30 individual Twitter® accounts which enabled them to spread the word and rally their campus together.
Throughout three challenges, Zachary spread happiness and excitement on his campus in really imaginative and creative ways. From bringing a bear mascot onto a bus to cheer up students on their way to morning classes, to organizing flash mobs, potlucks and even sushi-eating competitions, Zachary’s creativity was impressive.
For his fantastic efforts, Zachary was awarded a $4000 grant that he is generously donating to the CAISA Fashion Show in support of the Children’s Health Foundation. We wanted to send our congratulations to Zachary for bringing so much excitement to his campus and showing Canada what living the best campus life is all about!
“CAISA has worked so hard to create something that we love. We donate all of our sponsorships to charity – it is out of this selflessness that I know we are doing the right thing and living the best life.” –Zachary Wan