Win $1,000 in FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2

You can win $1,000 in the FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2. Submissions will be accepted between January 8 – February 12, 2018.
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FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2 to explore fundraising efforts for outreach

SWE is excited to announce the second FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge. The challenge recognizes the innovative outreach techniques being used by SWE sections, MALs and global affiliates. Periodically, a section/MAL will be recognized for a unique, creative approach to a component of outreach. SWE will award a $1000 outreach stipend to the winning section/MAL/affiliate and will share the winning entries with the entire society.

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FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2

We want to hear about how your team raises funds for Outreach Events. How do you identify the best sources of funding and then successfully raise those funds to meet your target? It could be through third party donations or partnerships; perhaps you have a corporate sponsor who provides some financial support. How did you engage that sponsorship?

Is your fundraising through SWE programs/stipends like Program Development Grants or winning a Wow! Innovation Challenge? Or is it event based sales where your team sells raffle tickets, tutoring services, etc.? We are eager to hear your ideas and practices!

How to Apply

Visit the Wow! Innovation Challenge page and click on “Apply for FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2 here”. Fill out the required information in the form and add your content.

Submission Period

Submissions will be accepted between January 8 – February 12, 2018.Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on Monday, February 12, 2018.

Questions? Visit the Wow! Innovation Challenge FAQ page or contact Veronica Robertson.

FY17 Winners

Challenge #1 (Planning Outreach Events for High School Students): UT SWE, our SWE section at the University of Texas at Austin, won challenge #1 for their work in engaging high school students in unique, meaningful design challenges, and emphasizing that engineers solve important problems, collaborate with each other, and have a positive impact on the world and future generations of STEM leaders. Check out their winning entry here.

The following sections were recognized with honorable mentions:

  • UIUC SWE – the members of the SWE section at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were chosen for their commitment to planning events to engage a variety of learning styles, and for involving external partners and professional engineers. Check out their Snapguide.
  • PITT SWE – the members of the SWE section at the University of Pittsburgh were chosen for their specific event-planning style and for including a wealth of information about the college experience itself. Check out their Snapguide.

Challenge #2 (Building partnerships with SWENext Clubs and/or Educators): Edina High School’sSWENext Club, won challenge #2 for sharing how they are partnering with the Minnesota professional section to learn more about engineering and engineering careers. This SWENext Club has many great ideas for other SWE sections and local schools looking to deepen their partnerships. Click here to download their winning entry.

Challenge #3: Drexel University won the third challenge for their creative approaches to assessing the success of an outreach event, and for explaining why we do outreach (which is critical to choosing the benchmarks of success). View their winning video here.

Challenge #4: University of Wisconsin - Madison won the final FY17 Wow! Innovation Challenge for their effective approaches to expanding the reach of their STEM outreach events, which enables their section to have an even greater impact on K-12 students and their adult influencers. View their winning video here.