MetroHacks EmpowHer Kicks off Its 2022 Competition to Promote STEM Among Girls

Sruthi Kurada
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BOSTON– Sruthi Kurada, executive director of MetroHacks EmpowHer, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization whose mission is to democratize STEM opportunities to inspire greater innovation, has kicked off its 2022 competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, known as STEM, among girls.

“Our mission is to democratize STEM opportunities to inspire greater innovation,” said Ms. Kurada. To encourage more females toward technical pursuits, I started EmpowHer, a year-long, national team competition for high school girls to create a computer science-based project that benefits their community.”

Anna Grankin

Her other lead team members include Anna Grankin, curriculum director, and Adhrija Anbu, lead marketing director.

In recent years, MetroHacks has organized high school coding competitions in cities across the United States.

MetroHacks has just launched its 2022 national competition where students can win thousands in college scholarships.

To participate in the EmpowHer competition, please visit the organization’s website or click here. Here are a few key dates to keep in mind:

Adhrija Anbu

The formal opening ceremony will be held Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 pm, covering what is EmpowHer,

learning and mentorship opportunities, timeline of the event, workshops, and submission guidelines. Here are a few key dates to keep in mind:

Application Submission Deadline: June 20, 2022

Finalists Announced: July 15, 2022

Virtual Award Ceremony: July 31, 2022

Register on our website:

MetroHacks EmpowHer offers three unique opportunities for each student:

  • 1-on-1 mentorship with employees from technology corporations including IBM and Microsoft
  • Workshop sessions to learn technical and business skills
  • Scholarships.

“National award winners will win thousands of dollars in college scholarships to encourage students to study computer science at the collegiate level and beyond,” said Ms. Kurada.

Last year, MetroHacks EmpowHer was internationally represented through grades 9-12, with 250+ participants and 85+ mentors, and its winners received $9,000 in scholarships. This year, the goal of the organization is to reach over 350 high school girls and award $15,000 in college scholarships.


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