Technovation, a flagship program of non-profit Iridescent, is the world’s largest global tech entrepreneurship competition for girls. The program offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year, Technovation challenges 10 to 18 year old girls to build a business plan and mobile app that will address a community problem. Since 2009, over 15,000 girls have participated from over 100 countries.

In 2016, SFU’s Faculty of Applied Sciences joined the Technovation Challenge working with schools to encourage girls aged 10 to 18 to join the Technovation Challenge and form a team. As teams are forming, the Faculty recruits industry mentors to partner with local teams.  Kicking off with an ideation session and programming workshop, the girls learn how to code and develop an app that solves a problem in their community. The girls and their mentors work together to complete the weekly curriculum. Top teams (selected by Technovation judges) will travel to an international pitch competition in San Francisco.  One team will win $10,000 in seed funding to help them launch their app.

Past project ideas included an app to help hikers ensure they’re adequately prepared before going on a hike. Another app supported self-management of bullying for kids not quite ready to share bullying problems with others. What did all these apps have in common? A healthy dose of girl power and a strong desire to help others.

Connect with the #TechnovationBC community online!
Twitter: @TechnovationBC | Facebook: TechnovationChallengeBC

2019 Sponsors

Technovation BC Regional Sponsors

Technovation Canada National Sponsor

Start Your Technovation Journey

  1.   Register to attend the Technovation BC information session or find out more about Technovation by visiting https://technovationchallenge.org/

  2.   Create a Technovation account at https://my.technovationchallenge.org/

  3.   Sign the appropriate consent forms

  4.   Complete the pre-survey

  5.   Form or join a team

  6.   Register for Technovation BC workshops and events

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

Register for Technovation BC Workshops and Events at SFU (Burnaby Campus)

Past Events

Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

At the Information Session, all interested parents, guardians, teachers, mentors, and girls are invited to join us to learn more about the program and how to get involved. 

Date: November 10, 2018
Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

The purpose of the Fall Ideation Workshop is to get girls thinking about what kind of app they want to build. Teams will brainstorm community issues and will learn how to understand their market and their customers.

Date: November 24, 2018
Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

The purpose of the Fall App Inventor Workshop is to get girls familiar with the App Inventor program, which they will use to build their app.

Date: January 19, 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

At the Information Session, all interested parents, guardians, teachers, mentors, and girls are invited to join us to learn more about the program and how to get involved. Note: this info session is identical to the info session that happened on October 20, 2018. 

Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 3:45pm
Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

We will be offering 3 different workshops over 2 sessions. Full workshop descriptions and link to registration are found on the event page.

Morning session (9:15-12:15): Ideation OR App Inventor Introduction
Afternoon session (12:45-3:45): Ideation OR App Inventor 2*

*Girls must have completed the App Inventor Introduction on either November 24, 2018 or  the morning session to attend the App Inventor 2 workshop. 

Date: March 21 and 28, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Applied Science Building 9896

Teams are invited to come work on their apps, enjoy some free snacks, and ask for help from our volunteers. Team mentors are welcome and encouraged to attend with their teams.

This is a drop-in event, your team can attech as much or as little of the time spread over the 2 Thursdays.

Date: April 13, 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: Applied Science Building

The purpose of the Learn to Pitch Workshop is to teach students how to engage and captivate an audience. Students will learn the fundamentals of a great pitch, how to speak with confidence, and how to present their ideas in a clear and concise manner. Students will experience engaging activities to help get them out of their comfort zone, increase their confidence, write their Technovation pitch, and present as a team.

Upcoming Events

Date: May 11, 2019
Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
Location: Applied Science Building

Teams will pitch their apps to a panel of judges and share their app with guests during the Demo Fair. Our celebration concludes with an awards ceremony recognizing the top teams and everyone's hard work. Teams and mentors must register ahead on the event page. Family and friends are welcome to join us as well!

Future Events

Important Dates and Suggested Milestones

The Technovation Challenge is intended to take 12 to 20 weeks for teams to complete. 

App Submission Deadline: April 23, 2019

Teams must submit their app code and all supporting documentation online.

BC Regional Pitch Event: May 11, 2019

BC teams compete in the live event by pitching to a panel of judges and demoing their app. This event is 9AM-5PM at the SFU Burnaby Campus. Pitches will happen in the morning, demos in the afternoon, and the day will conclude with the awards ceremony.

Live pitch slides due on April 28, 2019 via the Technovation website.

Teams unable to travel to Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Campus, for this event can have their project judged online through the Technovation website.


More Information

For more information about Technovation BC, visit our FAQ page

Technovation Website

Technovation Curriculum

Technovation Challenge Registration

If you have any additional questions, please contact our team at: fas_outreach@sfu.ca

Daniela Abasi, Technovation BC Regional Ambassador

Alisha Ward, Outreach Coordinator

Alexandra Kasper, Event and Marketing Coordinator