Ms. Sreesunpagit is the Director at the Youth Innovation Year Project (YIY). She obtained her BA at Thammasat University. While at the university, she joined government-funded rural development camps at, popular vacation destinations, with socially active university students in Thailand. In her fourth year at university, Ms. Kritaya founded a vacation project completely different from the camps: an online youth conference on information technology and rural development. Shortly thereafter, she and a friend founded the Thai Rural Net, a project to foster rural development through information technology. They submitted an application to the World Bank’s Development Marketplace competition, which would later serve as a model for her Youth Innovation Fair. Their proposal won funding, and immediately after graduation Ms. Kritaya and her friend began work on it full time. Thai Rural Net continues to this day, and in 2003 it won an Ashoka Citizens Base Initiative award for its success in mobilizing local resources.