Wow! Innovation Challenge Deadline Extended

SWE is excited to announce the FY17 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2. The Wow! Innovation Challenge recognizes the innovative outreach techniques being used by SWE sections and MALs.

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FY17 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2 Deadline Extended

Wow!The deadline for the FY17 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2 has been extended to February 15, 2017. The Wow! Innovation Challenge recognizes the innovative outreach techniques being used by SWE sections and MALs. Periodically, a section/MAL will be recognized for a unique, creative approach to a component of outreach. SWE will award a $500 outreach stipend to the winning section/MAL and will share the winning entries with the entire society.

Congratulations to UT SWE for winning SWE’s first FY17 Wow! Innovation Challenge! Watch this video about their unique, innovative approach to developing outreach programs for high school students.

For more inspiration, check out the content submitted by our honorable mentions, Pitt SWE, and SWE at UIUC. Content from other previous winners is also available to view.

SWENext is a great way for girls in grades K-12 to engage with the Society of Women Engineers before they reach college, and a SWE Educator Membership provides resources for K-12 educators to promote STEM careers to their students. How does your section use educator and/or SWENexter perspectives to shape your outreach events? How are they involved in the event planning process and execution of the event? How do you use their perspectives to keep girls engaged while at the event and interested in attending future outreach events with your section?

How to Apply:

Visit the Wow! Innovation Challenge page to apply. Fill out the required information in the form and add your content.

Required Content:

Through the form on the Wow! Innovation Challenge page, you will be asked to submit a video, PowerPoint, or Snapguide with your creative approach to the challenge topic.  Supporting media such as event photos and/or agendas are recommended, but not required. Videos should be submitted as a YouTube link.


One section/MAL will be awarded a $500 Outreach stipend, featured on SWE social media, and the SWE All Together blog. The winning resources will also be posted to the K-12 Outreach resources for SWE members for use by others. While individuals, sections and MALs are encouraged to apply, all stipend checks will be made out to a section or MAL organization.

How a Winner is Selected:

Winning applications will clearly communicate an original, creative approach to the Wow! Innovation Challenge.  Solutions should be easily replicated by others.

Submission Period:

Submissions will be accepted between January 10 – February 15, 2017.
Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Questions?  Visit the Wow! Innovation Challenge FAQ page or contact Kate Nolan.

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