Girls Who Innovate 2018

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 and social media features.

a girl innovating, or learning

How will we learn in the future?

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.

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!


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 (Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, India, Asia & Oceania). There will be up to 15 total winners, all of whom will be announced on June 13, 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 27, 2018. Global Winners will receive the following prizes:

  • A €1,000 prize intended to be used for educational purposes.
  • 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

You can read more about Girls in ICT here.

Parents, teachers and mentors: encourage girls to innovate

Too often, young girls simply don’t picture themselves as being a part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry, or even as wanting to pursue a rewarding career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We’re hoping you can help us change that.

Whether you’re an educator, a parent or simply want to help a girl or girls you know to have a brighter future, you don’t have to do it alone! Click here to download ready-made teaching and activity materials that make it easy to teach girls about ICT and innovation, and to help them create a submission for the Girls Who Innovate 2018 competition.

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."