Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: April 19th, 2021 at 23:59 UTC

This page lists everything you need to do to successfully submit to the global competition. We recommend you read it carefully! Please also read the rules at the bottom of the page.

Review these guidelines at the beginning, middle, and end of your participation to make sure you are on track and ready to submit everything in April. Good luck!

See the solutions our previous winning teams created here.

In order to submit, you will need to be registered as part of a team. 

A team can have between 1-5 members who identify as female, trans, nonbinary or gender nonconforming. 

Your team will be automatically placed in either the Junior or Senior division to compete, based on the age of the oldest member of your team.

  • Junior Division: 10-14 years as of August 1, 2021
  • Senior Division: 15-18 as of August 1, 2021

Each team member will need to complete their profile which includes:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Location
  • Languages and interests
  • Parental consent form

What materials will each team submit?
Below are the submission requirements. We also invite you to review the judging rubric.

Please note that our judges will only score materials submitted in English or that include English subtitles. We recommend all teams use English subtitles.

Submission Requirements

1. Pitch Video

  • Must be 3-4 minutes
  • Share via Youtube or Vimeo. The video must be uploaded as unlisted or publicly viewable. We cannot guarantee videos without these credentials will be judged.
  • We highly recommended that videos have English subtitles even if English is spoken in the video.

2. Demo Video

  • Maximum 1 minute
  • Share via Youtube or Vimeo. The video must be uploaded as unlisted or publicly viewable. We cannot guarantee videos without these credentials will be judged.
  • Should show viewers how your app works on a phone

3. App Name & 100-Word Description

4. Team Photo and Summary

  • Write a paragraph to help people get to know you

5. Source Code

  • We accept these languages: Thunkable, App Inventor, Swift and Java. This is to ensure judges can review your submission.
  • See detailed instructions for how to upload your source code according to the language you used here.
    • Note: If you developed in App Inventor, you must upload an .aia file.  

6. 2-6 Images

2-6 images that showcase your Technovation journey. They should help judges better understand your ideas. Recommendations:

  • At least 1 screenshot of your app. Show off key features that are unique to your app.
  • Evidence or statistics of your problem your team has gathered. This can be your user research results, survey results, etc.
  • Prototypes or previous versions of your app
  • Not recommended: Your logo, your code, or anything that doesn't directly show how your app works or why

7. Senior Division Only: 5-10 Page Business Plan PDF 





Submission Rules for Students

All teams must submit the required materials listed above.

Resubmitting past ideas
  • Due to COVID-19, we will allow teams to resubmit app ideas from the 2019-2020 season. NO prior season’s apps will be allowed.
  • You CANNOT resubmit the same app from a past season, UNLESS it is from the 2019-2020 TG season
Language Requirements
Original Code
Type of Submission (Games, VR etc):
Ownership of submission

For more questions about rules, submission, or judging visit our FAQ.

To learn how your submission will be judged, read the judging rubric.

Key Dates for 2021 Season

Registration Opens: October 12th, 2020
You can start working any time after registering – the earlier you start, the better!

Official Season Launch: January 11th, 2021
We recommend starting by January 11th at the latest to have a full 12 weeks to work on your project

Registration Deadline: March 12th, 2021 at 23:59 UTC The last day to formally register a team.
We recommend you start working on your project by January.

Submission Deadline: April 19th, 2021 at 23:59 UTC

World Summit: August 2021