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Hands up if you know how technology can change education


We believe that young women have the creativity, passion and intelligence to change our world for the better. That's why we host Girls Who Innovate – an Ericsson Innovation Awards competition in celebration of Girls in ICT Day .

This year, we're challenging young innovators to imagine how technology can change the future of education. Students can win job shadow days, exclusive blogging opportunities, social media features, and $1,000 to further their education.

Registration will open on April 16, 2018.

How will we learn in the future?

a girl innovating, or learning

From the internet to e-readers, technology has already made its mark on education. But, now, 5G is making connectivity easier and faster than ever before. Augmented and Virtual Reality are becoming mainstream. And, students can access information from anywhere in the world. Still, 58 million primary school aged children – especially girls – don't have access to education. And, some children with access to education struggle to learn in a traditional classroom.

Education gives people the tools to build better lives for themselves and reduces violence and inequalities.

How will you use technology to help more people gain access to education or make learning a better experience?

The Challenge

Girl working on tablet

New technologies and inventions are being created every day. Now it's your turn! Imagine how we can use technology to improve the quality or availability of learning and education, and send us your most innovative idea!

Register your ideas

To enter Girls Who Innovate 2018, create a submission with the following items included:

Innovation molecule photo

You can upload your submission between April 16 and May 25, 2018 by 23:59 pm GMT.


Girls Who Innovate is open to students between aged between 9 -18 years as of April 28, 2018, who are not yet pursuing a university or college degree .

We will name 1 Global Winner and 6 Regional Winners in each of the following age categories:

  • 9-12 years of age
  • 13-15 years of age
  • 16-18 years of age

Regional Winner Prizes:

In each age category, the following prizes will be awarded for each competition region (United States & Canada, Europe & Latin America, Middle East & Africa, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania & India, and Sweden). There will be up to 18 total winners, all of whom will be announced on June 5, 2018 .

  • A job shadow day with a technical Ericsson employee
  • A Regional Winner certificate
  • Recognition across Ericsson Innovation Awards and Ericsson Careers channels

Global Winner Prizes:

In each age category, 1 Global Winner will be announced on June 20, 2018. Global Winners will receive the following prizes:

  • A job shadow day with a technical Ericsson employee.
  • A blog feature on the Ericsson Careers Blog
  • An Instagram feature on the Ericsson Careers Instagram account
  • A Global Winner certificate
  • Recognition across Ericsson Innovation Awards and Ericsson Careers channels

Read the Terms and Conditions here.

You can read more about Girls in ICT here .

Last Year’s Competition: the future of food

Last year, girls from around the world came up with innovative ways that technology can insure we feed our world's growing population sustainably. Read bogs from our winners:

You can also read the blog posts that the winners posted on the Ericson Careers site here

Sustainable development goals

We're committed to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals – so much so that we've adopted them as a framework for measuring our impact on society. This year's Girls Who Innovate competition is no different.

Of course, our program promotes SDG 5, Gender Equality. But, the 2018 theme is also supportive of SDG 4, Quality Education. With creative young minds innovating to improve the future of education, we hope to realize the goal to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."