Calling All Innovators
Who are you?
You’re ready to change the world through technology. You are curious, creative, and determined. You’ve got big ideas and the courage to explore them.
What will you do?
You will join a team to create, build, and sell an app that addresses a problem in your community – or support a team that does.
How do you get involved?
Select the role that makes the most sense for you – student, mentor, or ambassador – and then register below.
We’ll help you figure out the rest.
The Technovation Challenge teaches middle and high-school girls how to make an app for a mobile phone using AppInventor ( a program from MIT). This 12-week, online, after-school program is structured so that groups of girls (ages 10-18) and their mentor, go through the curriculum together and create an app. Wrapped around the app creation program is the whole idea of a “lean startup”. Once the teams have identified the problem which they are going to solve, they are challenged to think about how their app will be placed in the marketplace, how they will address competition, how their app rates against other similar ones, what makes theirs edgier, more interesting, how they can expand it etc. They are also taught presentation and pitching skills just like a real start-up entrepreneur would need!
The young women are encouraged to create apps that address a problem within their own community which leads to amazingly diverse apps that these teams have produced. From solutions for human waste, to clean drinking water, to homework help, to concussion checkers, these young women are empowered to tackle local problems with technology and in the process learn to become tech entrepreneurs. The finalists chosen from around the world are invited to Silicon Valley to the World Pitch competition.
Visit http://www.technovationchallenge.org/get-started/ for more information