World Pitch Summit

World Pitch Summit

Silicon Valley, August 7-11, 2017

Every year the World Pitch Summit brings our global community
together in Silicon Valley

You’re invited! Join us for the Technovation Awards Ceremony on August 10 

Meet bright young women who have spent months developing apps to solve global problems. Hear how they want to make the world a better place through technology, and learn how you can support girls’ education as well as their business ventures. 

→ Meet the 2017 finalists

Schedule of Events

MONDAY

AUGUST 7, 2017

 Welcome Reception

6:00pm-7:30pm

Finalist and Visiting Teams

 

TUESDAY

AUGUST 8, 2017

Advancing Young Women in Tech Worldwide

6:00pm-8:00pm

Teams and Technovation Partners

 

WEDNESDAY

AUGUST 9, 2017

 Pitch Night

5:30pm-8:30pm

Teams and Judges

Learn about the finalists

THURSDAY

AUGUST 10, 2017

Awards Ceremony

6:00pm-9:00pm

Technovation Community

FRIDAY

AUGUST 11, 2017

Closing Breakfast

9:00am-11:30am

Finalist and Visiting Teams

 

Keynote Speakers and Special Guests

Pitch Night Judges

Anne is passionate about aligning teams and technology to unleash human potential.  She's been a tech company founder, venture-backed CEO, public company executive, and VC.  Anne currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School and an advisor to startups, growth companies and venture funds. 
 
Previously, Anne was a founding partner at GSV Acceleration Fund, an early stage VC firm backing entrepreneurs out to improve learning, life and work.  Prior, she was Chief Business Officer at Chegg (NYSE: CHGG), the student services company, before and after the IPO process.  She joined Chegg through acquisition of Zinch, where she was CEO.   Zinch matched students with colleges and scholarships.  Prior, Anne co-founded Military Advantage (www.Military.com) to connect service members and veterans to benefits, including GI Bill and career services.  Military Advantage was acquired by Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW), where she was General Manager of Affinity Networks, leading businesses in lifelong learning and career advancement.  She has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from HBS. She is a member of the 2010 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.

Anne Dwane

Anne is passionate about aligning teams and technology to unleash human potential.  She's been a tech company founder, venture-backed CEO, public company executive, and VC.  Anne currently serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School and an advisor to startups, growth companies and venture funds.

Previously, Anne was a founding partner at GSV Acceleration Fund; Chief Business Officer at Chegg; CEO of Zinch and co-founder of Military Advantage.

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Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas has a math PhD from Duke and was selected by Forbes as one of “20 Incredible Women Advancing AI Research”. She is co-founder of fast.ai and a researcher-in-residence at the University of San Francisco Data Institute.

Her background includes working as a quant in energy trading, a data scientist + backend engineer at Uber, and a full-stack software instructor at the all women coding academy Hackbright. She writes an ask-a-data-scientist advice column and is on twitter @math_rachel.

What to Expect at the World Pitch Summit

Share your Ideas

During the App Expo and Pitch Competition events, students explain and showcase their app to peers and women in tech at their booth

Learn how to continue changing the world through technology

At the World Pitch Summit, students develop skills and receive resources to help bring their app ideas to the next level

  • Visit technology companies in Silicon Valley 
  • Attend workshops led by amazing technology professionals
  • Hear directly from women working in tech about their personal and professional experiences

Get Inspired

During the World Pitch Summit students explain and showcase their app to peers and women in tech

Develop your skills

  • Attend a half day conference of hands-on workshops led by amazing technology professionals.
  • Network with other women in technology and other supporters of Technovation and our mission.

Get inspired & connect with the Technovation community

  • Learn how to support your daughter and other young women to change the world with technology
  • Meet girls and women from around the world and hear about the journeys they've embarked on to solve problems in their community

Media Press Kit 

Coming soon!

Soumya

"My World Pitch experience has, in the most clichéd manner, changed my life. In the past two years, I've gone from zero coding experience to teaching a group of underprivileged girls in my community how to code, starting my own company, and developing my app Cappable."

-  Soumya T.
2015  Technovation Finalist (India)
& Founder of Bookbite

Alina

"I am still very grateful to this project, because it has opened so many opportunities for us since that [World Pitch] summer.

Now I want to share my knowledge with future Technovation generations, want them to believe in themselves, and not to be afraid of new horizons!"

-  Alina D.
2016 World Pitch Finalist (Kazakhstan)
& TEDx Speaker

Volunteer-Full

"I think your cause is a great one, and has really made a difference already for the girls participating at my school this year. They went from "We can't do this, we're not good enough," to "Let's work every day so we can win!""

- 2017 Technovation Volunteer

Thank you to our 2017 World Pitch Sponsors! 

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Interested in becoming a Sponsor? Email us [email protected].

LAST YEAR'S SUMMIT

Past participants have gone on to:

  • Win startup & app-building competitions [Verizon App Challenge, Columbia Startup Challenge]
  • Speak at public events [TEDx Women, IBM India Onward, Google Science Fair]
  • Attend hackathons & coding workshops 
  • Receive design, development, and engineering internships with prominent technology companies, higher education institutions, and government agencies

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

Do you want to contribute to the World Pitch Summit experience? We'd love to have you! Please fill out this brief volunteer form (coming soon) to help us match you with volunteer roles that fit your areas of interest and availability. We will be holding virtual volunteer orientations in the weeks leading up to the World Pitch Summit.

Examples of volunteer roles include:

  • World Pitch Summit Kick-off Welcome Committee
  • Student Activity Assistants
  • Event Registration Managers/Guest Guides
  • Stay tuned for more!