About

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 Fransisco.  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

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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

Upcoming Events

Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
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.

Future Events

Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

* Please note that the Spring Ideation Workshop is identical to the Fall Ideation Workshop

The purpose of the Spring 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.

Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

* Please note that the Spring App Inventor Workshop is identical to the Fall App Inventor Workshop

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

Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

The purpose of the App Inventor 2 and Ask the Expert Workshop is to provide girls with an opportunity to learn App Inventor in greater detail (i.e., loops, conditionals, databases, sensors) and ask experts in business, marketing, and entrepreneurship questions.

Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

The purpose of the App Inventor Workshop 3 is to assist teams with any problems or issues they may be having with App Inventor. Teams are encouraged to bring their apps and any App Inventor questions they may have.

Location: Applied Science Building Atrium

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.

Important Dates and Suggested Milestones

The 2017-2018 Technovation season has ended. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Please stay tuned for information about the 2018-2019 season.

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:

Daniela Abasi, Outreach Programs Manager and Regional Ambassador, at danielad@sfu.ca

Alexandra Kasper, Event and Marketing Coordinator, at fasevent@sfu.ca