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 and winners

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

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Arezoo Riahi

Arezoo is a leader in international mentorship, exchange, and scholarship programming, having led international program activities at Institute of International Education for nearly a decade. Arezoo’s work emphasizes women’s leadership and harnesses the power of technology to promote social empowerment and positive change, particularly in the developing world. Most recently, Arezoo led the TechWomen program, an initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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Amel Ghouila, PhD

Amel is a bioinformatician at Institut Pasteur de Tunis and working on the frame of the the Pan African Bioinformatics network H3ABionet that supports H3Africa researchers. Amel is passionate about knowledge transfer and empowering and educating young girls. She launched the Technovation Tunisia chapter in early 2015, and more than 650 girls from across Tunisia have been part of the program. Amel won several awards including in 2014 when she was selected among the 78 emerging leaders to participate in Techwomen, a US Department of State program managed by the Institute of International Education.

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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Tasia Filippatos

Tasia Filippatos is Senior Vice President for Communications at Disney Consumer Products, providing leadership across public relations, corporate responsibility, social media, and more. Before joining Disney, Tasia served in a number of senior government roles, including Director of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security and a lead spokesperson at the Department of the Treasury. 

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Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson is Vice President of Education and University Relations for Google. She manages all technical training, content development, and information management programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Google’s K12 educational programs in STEM and computer science. She also manages University Relations, building research partnerships globally; and Google’s strategic initiatives in online teaching and learning. Prior to Google, Maggie was Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.

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Phillip Picardi

Phillip Picardi is Teen Vogue and Allure’s digital editorial director, managing both sites' daily editorial web content, video programming, and social media strategies. His work has earned Teen Vogue two Webby Awards, a GLAAD Award, and an ASME nomination. Under his purview, Teen Vogue has also been named the Hottest Digital Publication by AdWeek, and TeenVogue.com has become the fastest-growing magazine brand on digital for two years running. Most recently, he was named to Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People list.

 

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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.

Event Program

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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