Submitting Your Idea to the Competition

Submitting Your Idea to the Competition

You’ve done great work! You’ve found an important problem that you care about, created a thoughtful solution through a mobile app, learned the ins and outs of how to market that app, and crafted a compelling video to showcase your ideas. Now it’s time to submit all of your hard work!

In this lesson, you will...

  • Submit your project to our global competition
  • Make a plan for how you will keep learning and leading in your community after the competition

Key Terms and Concepts

  • Honor Code - a set of rules and/or principles that participants follow to uphold the integrity of the Technovation Girls program
  • Regional Pitch Event - an event where you and your team attend in person to pitch your project to a live audience and a panel of judges. Check with your local Regional Ambassador to see if there’s one near you!
  • Development Platform - the base technology/application on which your project was built

The Submission Process

The rubric that will be used to judge your submission can be found on the button to the left. Read it thoroughly; it provides information about all the items that you will need to submit. You can change any part of your submission before the submission date, so start early to make sure you have all the parts!

To start, log into your account. On the submission page, you will find a checklist of items that you and your team will need to submit. Let’s walk through each one step by step.

Here's a video that outlines the connects the submission guidelines to the rubric!

The "Review and Submit" Button

Once your team has uploaded all the parts of your submission,  click the "Review and submit" button. This is the last step but extremely important to do! This will officially submit your project to Technovation Girls and ensure that you get judged and scored. You'll have until the deadline to edit your submission, so we recommend you upload what you have as soon as possible. The "Review and submit" button will lead you to a final review page that looks like the screen below:

When you're ready, hit the final "Submit now" button! You'll see a screen that says "Your project has been successfully submitted."

Then that’s it! You’ve done it! Give yourself a pat on the back. It’s been a long season and you’ve learned and accomplished so much along the way. Be proud of what you’ve done, we sure are!

Activity: Preparing for Results and Planning Beyond the Competition

How will your team respond to winning or losing at the pitch event or during other parts of judging? One exercise to prepare for either possibility is to imagine yourself in the other person’s shoes. How would a team’s reaction (for example, a winner showing off or a loser getting upset and running off) feel to you?

Carefully consider any feedback you get. Mentors and judges have taken the time to tell you how to keep developing your idea and continue making an impact in your community.

Make a plan for what comes after the competition. What do you want to continue learning? Are there actions you can take to help other girls in your community learn about technology? Whether or not your team wins, don’t lose sight of all that you have accomplished! Not many people can say that they have programmed a mobile app to solve a problem in their communities! Feel proud and thank all the people who were there along the journey to support you, like the judges, your mentors, your family, and your friends.

Activity: Celebrate!

Regardless of competition results, you need to know that you’ve accomplished so much these past few months. These things are worth celebrating and you absolutely should!

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate (make sure to let your teammates know how thankful you are for them in any situation!):

  • Make or get your favorite food and share a meal
  • Dance party!
  • Gather your team’s friends or families and have a game day or game night
  • Take a hike on a nature trail and enjoy bonding one last time
  • What other celebration activities can you think of?

Reflection on YOU

A few months ago, you decided to put your first step forward in the long and challenging Technovation Girls journey. You and thousands of girls around the world took a head first dive to test your limits to prove to the world that you are a force to be reckoned with. You're making a real impact and taking the first steps to become the next leaders and change makers of the world.

All of us at Technovation Girls commend each and every one of you for the amount of courage and perseverance that you've exhibited. Take some time and celebrate all that you've learned and achieved. You've earned it!

Additional Resources: Continuing the Journey

Your journey with Technovation Girls doesn’t end here.

Upon completing the Technovation Girls season, you are all official Technovation Girls Alumni! The Technovation Girls Alumni community is a great place to continue your Technovation Girls journey and offers alumni networking opportunities, scholarships, and other leadership opportunities.

To make sure you are kept up to date, please sign up to join our alumni mailing list

Also, if you are 16 years of age or older, you may wish to join our exclusive group on LinkedIn!

You'll be able to connect with other Technovation alumni, who are studying at university or who are in the workforce, gain access to exclusive opportunities and share your experiences. 

  • Click here to request to join the group.
  • You will need a LinkedIn account, in order to be able to join the group.

If you don't have a LinkedIn account, or are younger than 16 years of age, never fear! We will continue to send leadership and professional development opportunities via our email newsletter.

We encourage you to continue refining your app and to keep a lookout for new problems you’d like to solve next year. As an alum, you can even apply to be a Student Ambassador for Technovation Girls. More information will come out as the season ends so keep an eye on your emails

Want to solve problems with your family using Artificial Intelligence? Check out Technovation Families.

Technovation Families is our sister program, where families from around the world are challenged to solve a problem in their community with AI. Families with at least one adult and a child 16 or younger are eligible to compete. Work together to build an AI prototype that helps your community and show the world (again!) what you're made of.