ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,092 Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2019 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. Millennium Fellows' Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide this year.
“For me, it's always a rewarding feeling to get better and improve skills through work. For me, it's always a rewarding feeling to love the work I do. But for me, I think the greatest reward of work is to ensure that the projects you do help the people around you in a measurable way: inspiring them, empowering them, or making their lives better.”
Millennium Fellowship Project: ImproveNYC
ImproveNYC is an attempt to flip the format of hackathons in order to enable them to create real, long-lasting improvements to individual communities. Rather than running a 36-hour physical competition that disincentivizes improving on real issues and building a collaborative community, we plan to create a long-term online competition that keeps participants engaged and connected with stakeholders and subject matter experts(SMEs) within NYC government, while also giving participants the time to truly research and flesh out useful long-term solutions. This year, I plan to continue building a solid platform for handling logistics and participant actions (team building, project submissions, etc.) and engaging in dialogue with NYC SMEs to identify the exact agencies which can benefit from this new approach.
About the Millennium Fellow
Vineet Parikh is a senior at Cornell University studying Computer Science. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Cornell Impact Investing, an impact consulting group, as well as a software/vision engineer within Cornell Mars Rover, and he has both participated in and organized hackathons and youth empowerment events throughout his high school and college career.
Connect with Vineet via LinkedIn.