It is a world wide project to influence young women to go to STEM. Technovation is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. Through an intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams of young women work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” businesses to investors. It is part of Google's Made with Code.
1,374 young women from 19 countries have completed Technovation’s curriculum already, thanks to dedicated local teachers, mentors, and volunteers on the ground worldwide. In 2014, the program awarded $20k in funding to winning teams from three age categories for further app development. No prior programming experience is necessary for students, for teachers, or for mentors. The program is free to all participants.
Following are the winning teams and their apps:
- High School Winners—Top honors and $10,000 in seed funding went to a high school team from Eastern European Stefanesti, Moldova, Team Health in a Drop, for their mobile app, ApaPura. The teenage girls developed ApaPura to help people locate wells with drinkable water in their community, where poor water quality and contamination cause health issues.
- University Winners—Students from Calgary, Alberta, Team CalgTech, were awarded $5,000 seed funding for their Crop2Community app that connects consumers and to think “Buy Local”.
- Middle School Winners—Girls from New York City, Team FieldTripper, received $5,000 in seed funding for FieldTripper, an app to simplify school field trip logistics for everyone involved.
"Despite the tremendous career opportunities available for graduates, less than 1% of high school girls are interested in pursuing computer science as a college major," said Samantha Quist, senior director of Technovation. "Yet with support from female mentors and a technology entrepreneurship program exclusively for girls, 70% of Technovation alumnae have gone on to study programming when given the opportunity. Technovation is all about empowering young women to be innovators and leaders, and we are excited to be part of Made with Code — an initiative designed to inspire millions of girls to code."
You can pre-register now for 2015. Teams of up to 5 girls in middle school, high school, or university (up to age 23). Commitment is 40-60 hours: 4 guided hours per week from Feb through Apr 2015.