UW joins international competition to mentor girls in tech

WATERLOO REGION — Kristina Taylor remembers the women who guided her into computer science and a career in technology, so she jumped at the chance to mentor young girls in an international program called Technovation Iridescent.

Taylor is helping a team of three girls from the Kitchener-Waterloo Bilingual School through the 12-week program that culminates in a pitch competition at the Google building in downtown Kitchener in May.

The team of 11-year-olds must identify a problem, develop a mobile app that solves the problem, write a business plan and make a pitch to a panel of judges.

“They are enthusiastic,” said Taylor. “One of them, every time we try to do some of the curriculum she gets distracted because she just wants to write some code.”

Technovation 2018 started earlier this month, and will accept more teams of girls from senior elementary and secondary schools in Waterloo Region, Hamilton and Burlington until early March.