The triple j 25 under 25 revealed

The triple j Annual put the call-out for people who are under 25 and absolutely nailing it, with a mind blowing response.

. After spending endless hours sifting through hundreds of nominations the 25 Under 25 has been chosen.
Josh Caratelli, 19, is game programmer who is super passionate about the environment. Along with a friend, Josh designed Smog Game — and educational iPhone/iPad game that teaches kids how to reduce their carbon footprint. Cue a whirlwind year of winning awards, setting up scholarships, speaking at events and studying computer science.
Sophie Hardcastle is a 22-year-old writing talent who recently published her first book, Running Like China — a memoir describing her harrowing experience of living with bipolar disorder, which led to constant bouts of self-harm and suicide attempts. Sophie breaks down taboos and is driven to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Lucas Patchett, 21, co-founded Orange Sky Laundry — Australia’s first mobile service providing homeless people with access to free washing and drying facilities. He and friend Nicholas Marchesi installed a donated washer and dryer in a van and hit the streets. They now run a team of 200 volunteers operating five vans across Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Melbourne and Sydney. “Something as simple as washing can have a massive impact on someone’s life,” Lucas says.
Prudence Melom, 20, came to Australia from Chad when she was 11, after living in a refugee camp for seven years. Since adjusting to a new life here where people didn’t understand her background, she’s become passionate about helping overcome racism in small towns. She co-created E-raced at the 2014 Heywire Youth Summit and won, receiving over $10,000 in funding to travel to schools in regional Queensland to promote equality through the sharing of stories. 
Rowan Anderson is 24 and smashing it in the building trade. After starting his own company — Queensland Building and Construction — at 20, this entrepreneur has grown the business to a staff of 21 in just four years. “I love construction and I love developing people,” says Rowan, who’s known for employing a number of Indigenous staff, helping out charities and taking a chance on an 18-year-old ex-drug addict who he now notes as his “number one” apprentice. 
Madelaine Scott is 21 and has been organically farming chickens for eggs since she was eight. Her parents loaned her the money for her first 20 chooks, and she paid them back in no time. Now the proud owner of a flock of 2000 chickens producing 700 dozen eggs a week, Madelaine’s business is certified organic and impressively she was a finalist for Egg Farmer of the Year 2015. You can find her up at 4am once a week delivering eggs throughout Melbourne. 
Joe Dinsmoor is one of the most accomplished distillers in the country, and he’s only 23. Moving to Sydney last year to help launch Archie Rose Distilling Co., where he works as Head Distiller, Joe originally learned his craft down in his homeland of Tasmania. Starting out sweeping the floors of a distillery, Joe pestered the distiller to show him the ropes. He notes his highlight so far as being developing the range for Archie Rose, seeing it go from beaker to shipment.

For more information and the full list of 25 Under 25, see the triple j Annual 2015 on sale now.


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