Girls building mobile apps have fun at Technovation

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — On a normal day, in a conventional scenario, teenagers are consumers of technology, most likely mobile information devices, being addicted to games or social media.

However, on Thursday evening, in the 2017 Technovation World Pitch Summit, at a Mountain View site in Silicon Valley, Northern California, 12 teams of girls from nine countries or regions were technology creators presenting their mobile applications, or apps.

The girls, age 11 to 18, were finalists among what Iridescent, a science education nonprofit organization based in the United States, claimed to be an estimated total of 11,000 girls who worked around the world in teams and with mentors this year to learn and apply technology to solve problems in their communities.

While Technovation is a tech entrepreneurship program for girls from Iridescent, projects competing in the event are required to address at least one issue within the focus areas of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice or gender equality.