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*One submission per project per year.*
The challenge is simple. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. You can think of it as a virtual hackathon for middle school girls. We're looking for projects that are powerful in their ability to change and disrupt the present in a positive way.
How to Participate:
STEP 1. REGISTER . Before you start working on your project, decide whether you want to work as an individual or in a team. Then, register yourself or your team before the registration deadline. No unregistered individuals/teams will be allowed to participate.
STEP 2. BUILD YOUR PROJECT. You're about to embark on an exciting journey over the next few months while you're building your project. After you pick a theme and finalize a project idea, you're ready to get started with building. Building can mean anything from physically putting together machine parts for a robot to writing code for a mobile app to prototyping a new prosthetic device. The possibilities are endless. After an initial build, you'll want to test it to make sure everything works the way you want it to. And after multiple retests and rebuilds, you'll finally end up with a product that you're not only proud of, but which can make a difference.
STEP 3. SUBMIT. Once you're satisfied with your project, you're ready to submit. Make sure you have all the necessary documents and materials you need and don't wait until the last minute to submit. The submission portal will open in January of 2016. After you've submitted, congratulate yourself!
Months (registration period is from October to February; submission period is from January to April)
Girls in middle school (grades 6-8). They can participate individually or on a team.
Semifinalists, finalists, and winner all receive certificates and recognition on the website. Finalists and winners get an all-expenses paid trip to DC for the national gala, as well as engraved plaques, swag, electronics, and gadgets.
One submission per team per year.