Society of Women Engineers

Welcome to the Wow! Innovation Challenge Page

Welcome to the Wow! Innovation Challenge Page

Welcome to the Wow! Innovation Challenge Page

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 will share the winning entries with the entire society.

SWE is excited to announce the official launch of the first FY20 Wow! Innovation Challenge.

Apply for the FY20 Wow! Innovation Challenge #1 by December 9, 2019 and share your best practices with the rest of us. Enter for a chance to be awarded $1,000!

FY20 Wow! Innovation Challenge #1

There are many great organizations that share SWE’s core values to foster an interest in STEM and empower young women. Partnering with organizations such as Girl Scouts, FIRST Robotics, SWENext clubs, and more can allow SWE outreach groups to engage with a wider audience that have similar interests. How has your SWE section partnered with other groups in outreach? How did you identify and involve the other organization?

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.

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 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:

Submissions will be accepted between September 30, 2019 and December 9th, 2019.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM Central Time on, December 9th, 2019.

Past Winners

Click here to learn more about our past winners.

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



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