Society of Women Engineers

Welcome to the Wow! Innovation Challenge Page

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 SWE Southern Methodist University and SWE New England Shoreline Section, winners of the FY20 Wow! Innovation Challenge #1. This challenge recognizes the innovative outreach techniques being used by SWE sections, MALs and global affiliates. The first and second place winners from our first challenge are SWE Southern Methodist University (SWE SMU) and SWE New England Shoreline (SWE-NESS). Click here to learn more.

FY20 WOW! Innovation Challenge #2

Apply for FY20 WOW! Innovation Challenge #2 by April 27th, 2020! Share your best practices with the rest of us and stand a chance to be awarded $1000 for first place and $500 for second place.

SWE outreach aims to engage young women in STEM from elementary to high school. An outreach event with a wide age range can be a great way to capture the attention of a large audience. Each age group’s unique skill level and interests must be considered when planning an event. How does your section tailor activities to different age groups? How do you make sure that all attendees feel included and are not left behind?  Please submit your entry by April 27th at 11:59 PM Central Time.

How to Apply:

Click here to apply and fill out the required information.

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. Videos should be submitted as a YouTube link.

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


One section/MAL will be awarded a $1,000 for 1st place and $500 for second, and featured on SWE social media and the SWE All Together blog. The winning resources will also be posted to the Outreach tab of the SWE website. 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 February 7th through April 27th, 2020.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on Monday, April 27th, 2020. Winners will be announced in May 2020.

Past Winners

Click here to learn more about our past winners.

Questions? Download the Wow! Innovation Challenge FAQ document or contact us at