Society of Women Engineers

Welcome to the Wow! Innovation Challenge Page

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The Wow! Innovation 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 $1,000 outreach stipend to the winning section/MAL/affiliate and $500 for second place. SWE will also share the winning entries with the entire society.

Congratulations to first place winner, SWE Humboldt State University (SWE HSU), and second place winner, SWE Michigan Technological University (SWE MTU), of the FY20 Wow! Innovation Challenge #2. This challenge recognizes the innovative outreach techniques being used by SWE sections, MALs and global affiliates. Click here to learn more.

How to Apply:

Applications for this challenge are not being accepted, but we will provide an update once the submission period is open. 

The application will require 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.

Please note the new application form and file submission requirement. All submission files must be provided on an online file sharing service, such as Googledrive or Dropbox. See application for detail.


One section/MAL will be awarded a $1,000 Outreach stipend, and featured on SWE social media and the SWE All Together blog. The winning resources will also be posted to the Outreach tab of 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:

We are not currently accepting submissions. Keep an eye out for upcoming WOW! Challenge Prompts!

Past Winners

Click here to learn more about our past winners.

Questions? Download the Wow! Innovation Challenge FAQ document or contact Veronica Robertson (