Technovation

Technovation logo

The Technovation challenge is a global technology entrepreneurship competition for girls in middle school and high school.  Girls are challenged to develop a mobile phone app, build a company to launch the app, and pitch their plan to experts.  Teams will pitch their app concepts and business plans in front of a judging panel of local technology experts. Winners of the local competition will continue to work with their mentors and will pitch and demo their apps and the associated business concepts to the Technovation judges in the Silicon Valley.

The Prize

Top teams (selected by Technovation judges) will travel to an international pitch competition in San Fransisco.  One team will win $10,000 in seed funding to help them launch their app.

What's in the submission?

  • App source code (can be developed in Android, iOS, or Windows)
  • Up to 4-minute video pitch (upload to YouTube or Vimeo and share the link)
  • Business plan (pdf)
  • Team photo (with mentor and teacher included, if possible) for each team
  • 100-word app description
  • Completion of post-survey

Important Dates

Saturday, January 9, 2016 – SFU Ideation Workshop

Saturday, January 16, 2016 – SFU App Inventor Workshop

Thursday, April 21, 2016 – Submission deadline

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – SFU Pitch event

* 2017 dates TBD.

More information

Technovation Website http://www.technovationchallenge.org/

Technovation Curriculum - http://2015course.technovationchallenge.org/course

Information for Mentors and Coaches - http://www.technovationchallenge.org/additional-resources/coach-mentor-training/

Questions?  Email Daniela Abasi at danielad@sfu.ca

Student Commitment

The total time commitment for students is approximately 50 – 65 hours over the course of the year. Students will need to commit approximately 4 hours/week for 12 weeks beginning in January 2016. Additionally, students will need to attend other events such as the tech company field trip and App Inventor Workshop. No prior programming experience is needed.

Coach Commitment

Coaches can be male or female parents or teachers. Their main role is to recruit girls and to provide a safe place for the girls to meet.

Mentor Commitment

Mentos will be women working in a STEM or business field. The mentors will guide the teams of girls through the curriculum by meeting with them for 2 hours/week.  The mentors will act as project managers and will assist the girls with developing the app, writing a business plan, and planning the pitch to promote the app for the competition.