Competition Details

What is EmpowHer?

EmpowHer is a year-long competition for high school girls to create a STEM project that benefits their community! Teams can submit their projects for consideration for our national awards in May 2021!


How to Participate?

Register for EmpowHer

Create an innovative solution to a problem in your community

Submit your team’s project for consideration to our national competition

Creating a Project

Select Problem Domain

Choose a problem to tackle that impacts regional communities or societies across the globe.

Background Research and Ideation

Understand gaps in current solutions that attempt to address the problem and utilize this information to guide your idea development process.

Develop Prototype

Create a hardware or software solution to a problem that impacts your community. Work as a team to iterate on your initial blueprint to build a viable prototype.

Share Project with Community

Share your prototypes with target users to obtain feedback and improve your solution throughout the year. User traction in the community will be taken into consideration during judging.

Submit Project

Submit a profile of your innovation to the EmpowHer national judging panel. Our submission guidelines are below.

Our Submission Details


Submission Deadline • May 31, 2021

Finalists Announced • June 30, 2021

Virtual Award Ceremony • July 15, 2021


National Grand Prize Winners

$5000 • Sponsored by Jane Street

$3000 • Sponsored by Target

$1000 • Sponsored by NCWIT