Technovation BC Frequently Asked Questions

About Technovation

What is Technovation?

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.

How is SFU involved with Technovation?

Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Faculty of Applied Sciences partnered with Technovation in 2016 and has helped over 150 young women from the Lower Mainland finish the challenge. The Faculty of Applied Sciences aims to help participants learn valuable skills in technology and entrepreneurship by connecting them with industry mentors and providing workshops that teach the teams how to develop their apps.

Why is Technovation important?

Only 22% of those employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles are women. These career paths provide stimulating, lucrative opportunities to those who follow them – and young women are losing out! Through our community outreach, the Faculty of Applied Sciences aims to reverse this trend through education, innovation and mentors like you!

Who can participate?

The challenge is open to teams of up to 5 girls between the ages of 10 and 18.

How much does it cost to participate?

Technovation is free for all participants. Each team will need up to five girls (ages 10 to 18), a safe place to meet, a laptop with internet, and a smart phone or tablet.

How do I register a team?

After all team members have registered individually and submitted their electronic consent forms on https://my.technovationchallenge.org/, ONE team member needs to create the team. This can be any student member or mentor. The team member who created the team can invite other students to join from the team page using student email addresses. Mentors and other team members can also search for the team in the "Join a Team" tab and request to join that team. Any team member who is already accepted can approve future team requests.

What qualifies as being fully registered?

Completion of all 4 steps below by each girl in a team qualifies as a full registration for the Technovation Challenge.

1. Create an account at https://my.technovationchallenge.org/.

2. Have the appropriate consent forms signed.

3. US Mentors must have a cleared background check.

4. Create or join a team.

Is attendance at the events mandatory?

If teams are interested in having their mobile apps reviewed by a local panel of judges and to be eligible for the Technovation Challenge semi-finals, then attendance at the SFU Regional Pitch Event is mandatory.  

Attendance at workshops is not mandatory. However, attendance is recommended as it will provide girls and teams greater support in preparing for the Technovation Challenge.

What are the important Technovation BC dates I need to consider?

Please visit our main page at https://www.sfu.ca/technovation to view important dates.

For Students

How do I register for Technovation BC events?

Please visit our Technovation BC page at https://www.sfu.ca/technovation to register for information sessions and workshops.

How do I register for the Technovation Challenge?

1.       Create an account at https://my.technovationchallenge.org/
2.       Have the appropriate consent forms signed
3.       Complete the pre-survey
4.       Attach yourself to a team

What will I be doing?

Teams of up to 5 girls between the ages of 10 and 18 will work with a Mentor to research, design, and build a mobile app prototype. You will then pitch your app to a local team of judges at the SFU BC Regional Pitch Event. You and your team are expected to commit 40-60 hours to the Technovation Challenge; this includes 4 guided hours per week for the 12-week curriculum from January through April as well as attending workshops at Simon Fraser University.

*Your app must address a solution to a problem that falls into one of the following categories: poverty, equality, peace, environment or local impact.

Do I need to know how to code?

No prior coding or programming experience is required. You will learn everything you need to know from your mentors and at the workshops.

What's included in the submission?

  • App source code (can be developed in Android, iOS, or Windows). Many teams use App Inventor but other software and languages can be used.
  • 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

What if I don’t have a team? Can I still participate?

Please contact Daniela Abasi to see if you can be teamed up with a group of girls.

Daniela Abasi
fas_outreach@sfu.ca
Technovation BC Regional Ambassador
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Simon Fraser University

For Mentors

Who can be a Technovation mentor?

You don’t need to know how to code to be a mentor. You just need to use your industry and/or university experience to lead your team through the problem-solving process of creating an app. What’s most important is that mentors are willing to learn alongside the students and help them through the problem solving process. Mentors are also provided with training to provide support in subject areas they may not be familiar with.

For more information, please see the following informational website for Technovation mentors here.

What will mentors help their teams learn?

• Ideation
• Programming
• App Prototype Development
• How to conduct User Research
• How to create a Business Plan
• How to pitch their Business Plan
• Why technology skills are important

What is the time commitment?

Technovation runs from January to April each year. You will be expected to commit approximately 2-4 hours per week working with a team and attend the Monthly Team Check-Ins and the Technovation BC Regional Pitch Event at SFU. *You can sign up with a friend or colleague to split the time commitment.  

How do I get started as a Technovation mentor?

Please contact Daniela Abasi for more information.

Daniela Abasi
fas_outreach@sfu.ca
Technovation BC Regional Ambassador
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Simon Fraser University

For Teachers, Parents, Guardians, and Community Leaders

How do I register for Technovation BC events?

Please visit our Technovation BC page at https://www.sfu.ca/technovation to register for information sessions and workshops.

How do I submit consent forms?

Students are asked to provide their parent/guardian names/email addresses when registering at https://my.technovationchallenge.org/. After the registration has been submitted, an electronic consent form will be emailed to the parent/guardian to sign electronically.

If parents do not have regular email/internet access, the consent forms can also be downloaded, signed, then emailed to info@technovationchallenge.org. Subject lines must formatted as “Technovation consent form: ‘Student Name/DOB/Location’.”

How can teachers, parents, guardians, and community leaders be involved in the program?

There are many ways to be involved.

1) You can support your daughter or your team’s participation in the program.  

2) You can promote the Technovation Challenge in your community.