Calling all innovators
Who are you?
You're ready to change the world through technology. You are curious, creative, and determined. You've got big ideas and the courage to explore them.
What will you do?
You will join a team to create, build, and sell an app that addresses a problem in your community -- or support a team that does.
How do you get involved?
Select the role below that makes the most sense for you -- student, mentor, or ambassador -- and then register below. We'll help you figure out the rest.
Registration closes March 8, 2017
Let's close the tech gender gap.
Here's how it works
- Register your team
- Identify a problem in your community
- Create and code an app to solve that problem with the support of a team of entrepreneurs, mentors, and ambassadors
You and your team will build a mobile technology company. Ten teams will be invited to the World Pitch Summit in August for the chance to pitch their company to a global audience and receive recognition for their efforts. No prior coding or app experience is necessary.
*Girls ages 10 to 18 can participate in Technovation
What you'll need:
You'll need a team of up to 5 amazing girls (including you) to participate. While working with a team isn't required, we believe Technovation is a more educational, inspirational, and all-around fun experience if approached as a group.
The Technovation curriculum will take, on average, between 4 - 6 hours a week to complete, including 2 - 4 mentor-guided hours a week from January through April. Explore the curriculum to see what topics you'll cover this season.
What you'll create
- A working mobile app prototype
- A business plan
- A pitch presentation and pitch video
Who are mentors?
Mentors are professionals who feel comfortable supporting teams of girls to participate in the program and helping their teams become leaders. They learn with their teams and help them problem solve, while also supervising girls through their journey.
- Mentors can be teachers, parents, community leaders, or professionals.
- Mentors do not need to be tech professionals (although it's great if you do have tech expertise!)
- Mentors can work with a local team in-person, or be a virtual mentor to a team anywhere in the world
What you'll need:
You'll need a team of up to 5 amazing girls to mentor. While working with a team isn't required for students, we believe the Technovation Challenge is more educational, inspirational, and all-around fun experience if approached as a group. Connect with a team online after you register, or recruit other girls in your area!
About 50 hours over the season; recruit and supervise students, coordinate speakers and meeting space, ensure internet and computer access, and oversee teams as they complete the curriculum.
Volunteer your time!
Volunteers are individuals or small groups who are passionate about Technovation and helping girls become leaders. Volunteers help run events, spread the word, and translate our materials to reach a wider audience.
Ways you can help
- Translate our curriculum and other resources into a language that we don't yet have a translation for! In the past we have had volunteers translate curriculum into Russian, Portuguese, and Romanian -- help us make Technovation more accessible to even more people.
- Work one-day events and help them go off without a hitch! Help us set-up, break-down, register attendees, answer FAQs, and keep things running smoothly.
- Join a World Pitch Committee and help make the World Pitch Summit bigger and better than ever before.
We are grateful for whatever time you have to give! Volunteer to spend a day with us at the World Pitch Summit, or volunteer to spend 2 hours translating part of our curriculum.
Fill out the form below to tell us what skills you have, why and how you want to help Technovation, and the time you can spend with Technovation. We'll review your information and be in touch soon.
Help Technovation grow
Regional Ambassadors are community leaders who help bring Technovation to a new region and build a solid community in their area by organizing events and managing the program locally.
Are you ready to Lead the Change? Get in touch!
Support your daughter
Parents are parents or guardians of participating girls who are able to provide additional encouragement and support to their daughter and her team. Parents can provide teams a place to work, or connect teams with mentors from their professional networks.
What You'll Need
- A team (or teams!) to encourage and support through their Technovation journey.
The Technovation curriculum will take students, on average, between 4 - 6 hours a week to complete, including 2 - 4 mentor-guided hours a week from January through April. Explore the curriculum to see what topics students cover this season.
New in Technovation 2017
In 2017, teams will choose from 6 themes to consider as they develop their app and business plan. The problem your app solves should fall into one of the following categories.
Key Dates for 2017
Registration: March 8
Submission Deadline: April 26
World Pitch Summit: August 7-11