2019 Vehicle of Change Contest

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NationSwell and Toyota teamed up again to find 10 innovators who are rejecting old rules, creating change and protecting the planet.

After reviewing hundreds of nominations, we are excited to share the winners of the 2019 Be a Vehicle of Change contest.


  • First Place Prize Winner: Sam Goldman, D.light
  • Second Place Prize Winner: Patricia Compas-Markman, DayOne Response
  • Third Place Prize Winner: Priyanka Bakaya, Renewlogy

Sam, Patricia, and Priyanka will all receive a monetary grant to do more good, along with a video produced by NationSwell highlighting their work.


All runners-up will be featured in an article showcasing their work.

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Vehicle of Change finalists will win:

Going Beyond Zero Impact

Toyota is committed to realizing sustainable development together with society, and to do that, they’ve created the Environmental Challenge 2050. By 2050, Toyota has pledged to go beyond a zero environmental impact and achieve a net positive impact—and they have set six initiatives to get them there.

Toyota has also developed their very own Vehicle of Change, the Mirai. It’s one of the world’s first mass-produced, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. It competes with traditional cars—but uses no gasoline. Instead, the Mirai creates electricity on demand and emits nothing but water vapor. Learn more about how hydrogen could help change the future of mobility.

Contest Details & Official Rules

Download the Official Rules here, or read on for Contest Details.
I. In order to be considered for the Vehicle of Change contest, one must apply on, even if originally nominated by someone else. II. Selection of semi-finalists, finalists, and winners will be determined by NationSwell and Toyota—or a panel of judges designated by NationSwell and Toyota—whose decisions in all regards will be in their sole discretion and will be final and binding. III. Approximately twenty (20) semi-finalists will be required to partake in phone pre-interviews. IV. A group of seven (7) finalists will be required to partake in the reporting and interview process, the outcome of which will be articles featuring each finalist and their work. V. A group of three (3) winners will be required to partake in the reporting, interview, and filming process, the outcome of which will be videos featuring each winner and their work. Winners will be required to sign a waiver prior to filming. VI. All finalists and winners may be expected to participate in content sharing, impact share-backs or surveys, and potential speaking opportunities as a part of the Vehicle of Change contest. VII. One (1) grand prize winner will be awarded $25,000 to help further his or her work. One (1) second place winner will be awarded $15,000 to help further his or her work. One (1) third place winner will be awarded $10,000 to help further his or her work. Any applicable taxes on any prize are the sole responsibility of the winners. VIII. This contest will be subject to and interpreted under the laws of the state of New York. By participating, entrants content to the use of their names, likeness, entries and other information in advertising, promotion or publicity by NationSwell and Toyota. NationSwell and Toyota are not responsible for any lost, late or misdirected entries or materials, or for any computer, technical, telephone, software or digital problems or issues. IX. In connection with the Vehicle of Change contest, Toyota has engaged NationSwell as a paid service provider.