SWE is excited to announce the fourth 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.
FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge #4
You may recall that our FY18 challenge #2 was all about how SWE sections/members/affiliates raised funds to further their outreach activities. This challenge is a continuation of that theme where we would like to hear how you and your team use the funds you've raised, or materials donated, for your outreach related events. We are looking for how you stretched your dollars or materials and made the most effective use of these limited and precious resources! What are some of the activities those resources were used for? How did those activities further your SWE mission in outreach? What other impacts did you observe from using the funds effectively?
How to Apply
Visit the Wow! Innovation Challenge page and click on “Apply for FY18 Wow! Innovation Challenge #4 here”. Fill out the required information in the form and add your content.
Submissions will be accepted between April 16th to May 21st, 2018.
Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on Monday, May 21st, 2018.
Congratulations to SWE University of Hawaii Manoa, the winner of the 2018 Wow! Innovation Challenge #3!
The SWE University of Hawaii Manoa incorporates diversity in all aspects of their section, particularly outreach events. Hawaii has its own unique story, which comes alive through the food and culture highlighted in the section events. They partner with other organizations to host a mentorship program aimed at underrepresented groups in STEM and use slogans to attract diversity in membership.
Members of the section are passionate about their island and its well-being. They are environment-oriented with a desire to bring the island's story to the mainland. They are a "mixed plate" in both ethnicity and chosen majors. Their backgrounds range from mechanical to civil to electrical and computer engineering.
UH Manoa's winning submission has great tips for including and highlighting diversity in outreach events. Check out their YouTube video for more information on their efforts, including culture-based community service!