In 2016, SFU’s Faculty of Applied Sciences joined a global initiative called the Technovation Challenge, an entrepreneurship program for girls that challenges them to build mobile apps that address community problems. The Technovation Challenge has engaged more than 10,000 girls from 78 countries to compete in the world’s largest tech entrepreneurship program for girls. Working in teams, girls come up with an app idea, conduct user research, create a business plan, and build the app prototype. Leaders from the technology and business sectors judge the submissions and provide feedback to the teams.
The Faculty of Applied Sciences works with schools to encourage girls aged 10-18 to join the Technovation Challenge and form a team. As teams are forming, the Faculty recruits female 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. 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.
Platinum Level Sponsor
Bronze Level Sponsors
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
These monthly meetings provide teams with an opportunity to work on their apps and have questions answered by student volunteers. A pizza dinner will be provided for all registered participants.
February 8, 2017:
March 8, 2017: TBD
April 12, 2017: TBD
April 26, 2017
SFU Regional Pitch Event
May 6, 2017
World Pitch Summit
August 7 to 11, 2017