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About Innovate for Good Competition

Our Innovate for Good competition challenges 6th – 12th-grade girls to team up and work together to develop an app, website, computer program, 3D printer template, or anything innovative (that incorporates technology) that they’re inspired to create! Teams are allowed to have up to 4 members. Each submission must either directly benefit, or provide a service to address a community need that is predetermined by Girls of Promise®. Innovate for Good allows girls to use their tech skills to make something that helps others!

Judges will select five finalists who will be invited to our Girls of Promise® Conference which will consist of one-hundred and thirty 8th grade girls. Our conference attendees will vote on a Innovate for Good winner at the end of the night!

Please note: Girls are allowed to both attend the conference and compete in Innovate for Good.

Applications for our 2022 Innovate for Good Competition closed on March 4, 2022.

2022 Innovate for Good Challenge: Combating Homelessness in Arkansas

This year, we are focusing our challenge on an issue within the state of Arkansas that has dramatically increased in the last few years. Our homeless community is growing and our current infrastructure that exists in Arkansas needs your help. Our challenge is to help our current service institutions communicate more effectively, which will ultimately provide better service opportunities for the unsheltered. We need a tool which connects providers and analyzes the data to provide a “path” of most successful outcomes for folks in similar situations while providing connections between providers. 

The cutting edge initiative for successfully addressing the problem of homeless people in the U.S. in 2006 was called “Housing First!” This initiative recognized that the causes of homelessness cannot be successfully treated until the fundamental needs of the individual, which include food, clothing and shelter, are available. Once the individual has these basic needs met, he or she is much more likely to be able to focus on addressing why he or she became homeless. Central Arkansas has several outlets for serving the homeless, such as Our House, Jericho Way and The Van. But, the service organizations do not have a methodology in place that connects the providers to analyze data in real time. 

This technology project must either assist the current service providers, leaders and/or non-profits to better address issues of homelessness within the state of Arkansas.

Check out the online articles below for some inspiration on innovative solutions to help the homeless community!

Competition Timeline

March 4, 2022  – Deadline for Innovate for Good team project proposals

March 18 , 2022 – Announce finalists for 2022 Innovate for Good Challenge

April 1, 2022 – Vote for Innovate for Good Winner at Girls of Promise® Conference

Criteria for Evaluation 

Each submission must be technology-based and will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Create Tech:
    • Technical skill, creativity, and ingenuity.
  2. Do Good:
    • Level of completion.
    • Likelihood of implementation to fulfill purpose.
  3. Communicate Well:
    • Inclusion of inspiration, creation process, skills utilized.
    • Clarity of purpose.
    • Clearly identified use/benefit for the Hunger Alliance from the project.
    • Clarity of instructions and ease of use for the Hunger Alliance.
    • Grammar and spelling.
    • Demonstration of outreach to populations in need of hunger assistance (provide endorsements such as personal reference and/or letter of recommendation).
  4. Focus on Skill, Not Age:
    • Technology is an amazing thing in that sometimes, the younger we are when we begin to learn, the faster we excel at it. For that reason, submissions will be weighted by criteria stated above instead of the age of the creator.

If you have additional questions, please contact mspickard@womensfoundationarkansas.org

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