Today, there are more mobile phones than people on the planet and over 100 billion app downloads a year.

We are aiming to harness this digital revolution to reach out to a much larger global audience than traditional women’s networking events, and challenge cultural stereotypes.

There is a growing movement in apps for social change but relatively few apps to empower and support women in STEMM, representing an opportunity for the UK to take a leading role. Here are some app ideas to get you started:

  • Inspiring excellence to raise the visibility of role models
  • Building communities e.g. shared childcare at conferences
  • Raising the visibility of inequalities and celebrating progress
  • Games to educate and entertain children

Successful applicants will win prizes and £1000 funding towards app development.

About the Competition

Our competition has two challenges:

Challenge 1: To develop new mobile phone apps to empower women in STEMM. The competition is open to both women and men. Whether you’re a complete novice with a good idea, an established Women in STEM group looking to improve networking among your members, or a seasoned app developer we want to hear from you! We welcome early stage ideas so don’t worry if you don’t have any coding experience- we are here to make sure great ideas become a reality.

Applications are now closed.

Challenge 2: To recognise leading women in STEMM who have pioneered new apps for research, societal good and enterprise. Help us identify and support the female role models who are making a difference by submitting a nomination statement.

Applications are now closed.

Competition Dates and Deadlines

This national app competition is made possible by the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award, won by UCL Professor Rachel McKendry. The Award is in memory of the British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin who pioneered research into DNA, viruses, coal and graphite.

British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin



Key Dates

Deadline for submissions:
4th January 2016

Shortlisted entries contacted by:
20th January 2016

Mentoring Event for shortlisted applicants:
4th February 2016

Pitch and Prize Tech Day:
23rd February 2016