Competition launch to develop an app that empowers women in STEMM

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Can you nominate a woman in STEMM, pioneering apps for research and societal good? Do you have an idea for a new app to empower women to become leaders in STEMM?

The Rosalind Franklin app competition has been launched by UCL to develop new mobile apps to empower and recognise women as leaders in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine).

The organisers want to hear from everyone – whether they are a complete novice with a great idea, a wannabe coder or a seasoned app developer.

Apply at the competition website before 04 January 2016. Shortlisted applicants will pitch their ideas to a panel of high-profile judges, including:

  • Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Founder of
  • Professor Rachel McKendry, Director i-sense, EPSRC IRC; LCN and Division of Medicine, UCL; Winner of Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award
  • Andrew Eland, Director of Social Impact Engineering, Google
  • Professor Dame Athene Donald, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge

Winners will receive tech goodies and a place in UCL Mobile Academy 2016, which provides support with progressing digital ideas.

The competition has two different challenges:

  • To develop new mobile phone apps to empower women in STEMM. The competition is open to both women and men.
  • To recognise leading women in STEMM who have pioneered new apps for research and societal good. Help to identify and support the female role models who are making a difference by submitting a 200-word nomination statement.

"Empowering women to become leaders in STEMM is not just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do and will make the UK more creative, competitive and prosperous. Join our national app competition to recognise a new generation of women leaders and change cultural perceptions of women in the digital space."

Professor Rachel McKendry

Today, there are more mobile phones than people on the planet and over 100 billion app downloads a year. The organisers are inviting teams and individuals from all backgrounds to take advantage of this digital revolution to reach out to a global audience through apps, empower and recognise a new generation of women leaders and change public perceptions of women in the digital space.

The competition is funded by the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award, won by UCL's Professor Rachel McKendry. UCL, EPSRC i-sense, UCL Enterprise and the London Centre for Nanotechnology are organising the competition.

Find out more and apply at the Rosalind Franklin App Competition website.

Help the organisers take a positive leap forward to improve gender equality and make the UK more creative, competitive and prosperous for future generations.

i-sense is an EPSRC IRC in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases.

Reference: PN 61-15