Tag Archive: Technovation Challenge

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    by Angie Chang

    Top 10 Technovation Challenge World Pitch Teams Announced, Will Pitch Next Week at Twitter HQ in SF

    High school girls have prototyped game-changing mobile apps for the Technovation Challenge. The best teams will be flying in from all over the world – New York, Texas, Nigeria, Brazil and England – to compete on May 2 at the World Pitch 2013 event in San Francisco.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Over 600 girls from around the world competed in the Technovation Challenge this year – they built mobile apps to solve problems in their local communities around the world.

    On May 2, the top 10 regional finalists teams will pitch their ideas to venture capitalist judges at Technovation World Pitch 2013, held at Twitter’s headquarters on the evening of May 2 in San Francisco.

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    by Angie Chang

    How to Start a Business: Rinse and Repeat

    Anyone, no matter how young or old, can be an entrepreneur. You just need to have ideas, perseverance, and an iterative framework to test your ideas until you find one that makes money (ie. creates revenue).

    By Jennifer Arguello (Co-Founder, Latino Startup Alliance)

    Think about an app or gadget you love to use. Is it Instagram? Is it Snapchat? Your smart phone? Whatever it is, at some point it did not exist. At some point someone out there decided that there was something missing in the world or they wanted to make the world a better place.

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    by Angie Chang

    (Video) 60 Seconds Of Inspiration In Technovation Challenge PSA

    We have teams of girls from Alaska to Yemen signing up to learn to code apps and launch companies – and they need mentors!

    By Dara Olmsted (Director of Development, Iridescent)

    Technovation Challenge, a 12-week program that teaches high school girls to create phone apps and start businesses, just released an inspiring, short public service announcement (PSA) about the program.

    In sixty seconds of video, we show what a life-changing program Technovation is. Our girls reach for the sky, solve tough

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    by Angie Chang

    Mentor A Teenage Girl At Technovation And Give Back!

    When you were a teenager, did you have a female mentor or role model who showed you that girls can grow up to be programmers, entrepreneurs, and leaders?

    By Dara Olmsted (Director of Development, Iridescent)

    Help the next generation of girls learn to code and start companies – sign up to be a Technovation Challenge mentor today. This year, Technovation is going global and we have hundreds of teams from around the world who need strong, female mentors like you to inspire and lead them. No experience necessary – we will train you.

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    by Angie Chang

    From Tickle Me Elmo! With Dad – To Building An Android App In High School For The Technovation Challenge

    Technovation has given me the confidence to pursue a science/business/technology career.

    By Lisa Illés (Sophomore, Albany High School)

    It all started with Tickle Me Elmo. I was one and a half and my dad took me on his lap and showed me the first computer game of my life, Tickle Me Elmo!

    Later in life, like many kids my age, I suffered through a Club Penguin, Facebook, and a computer game obsession. Growing up with a computer in the house put entertainment and information at my fingertips. My curiosity on any subject can be instantly satisfied through Google or Wikipedia. I can watch my favorite TV shows on Hulu or Netflix anytime. For all of my life, I have been

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    by Angie Chang

    High School Girls Learn To Code And Design Mobile Games

    Iridescent’s program gives high school girls the skills and confidence needed to succeed in computer science and entrepreneurship.

    By Karen Holst (Co-Founder, Pick-A-Prof & VP Institutional Development, MyEdu)

    While volunteering with Iridescent’s Technovation Challenge, I would often come home from mentoring the group of teenage girls with a smile on my face and a fist pump in the air. “Finally!”

    It seemed the only word that fit. Finally, a program for high school girls that exposes them to the startup world, teaches them what it takes to be a high-tech entrepreneur and gives them a glimmer of what they could grow up to become. It’s the “confidence-building-change-your-life” experience fitting for any girl out there. Don’t you wish they had this when you were in high school?

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    by Angie Chang

    Technovation Challenge’s Emilie Robert Wong Encourages Girls To "Hammer Up!"

    “Technovation recognizes that technology needs the talents of both men and women.”

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Emilie is currently a high school junior in San Francisco. Since winning the first Technovation Challenge, Emilie Robert Wong has developed three more apps (two for Michelle Obama’s Healthy Kids initiative and one with an ecology theme), interned at two tech startups and is currently working for LocAid.

    She was a Technovation TA and is the founding president of the Technovation Club at her high school in San Francisco. Emilie received the Bay Area “Aspirations in Computing” award this year.

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    by Angie Chang

    Mentorship From Silicon Valley Techies Encourages High School Girls To Dream Bigger

    How mentoring a team of underserved high school girls affected a Silicon Valley techie.

    By Harini Sridharan (Senior Strategist, Rosetta)

    Let me start with a statistic that some of you might already know: While women make 47% of the U.S. workforce, only 5% of startups are owned by women. And here’s another: In 2010, only 2.4% of the U.S. Fortune 500 chief executives were female.

    I am a techie. We, in the field, love numbers. We ooh and aah at statistics. Our presentations are decorated with them.

    But there are stories and experiences behind these numbers that are the real deal. Numbers are just a way of summarizing these experiences to a 140-character paced audience.

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    by Angie Chang

    VC Ben Horowitz: "The Future Of Humankind Is Dependent On Technovation Girls" (The Girl Effect)

    What’s going to happen if software eats the world and all the programmers are boys?

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Venture capitalist Ben Horowitz talks about the importance of women in technology during a Technovation Challenge pitch event, the culminating National Technovation Pitch Night happening this Thursday night in Santa Clara.

    The program inspires high school girls to be inventors, builders and entrepreneurs. Over a 10 week course, they develop a phone app and pitch their business plans to a panel of VCs and industry experts.

    Starting at minute 7 of the Ben Horowitz Keynote: The future of humankind is dependent on Technovation girls:

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    by Angie Chang

    Today’s High School Girls Are Tomorrow’s Mobile App Inventors

    Watch the top 11 teams of high school girls pitch their Android apps and business plans to investors on May 3 in Santa Clara at the Technovation Challenge National Pitch Night.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    What would the next generation of high school girls build if given the chance to build the next big startup? What would their Android mobile apps look like? What would their business models look like? How would their elevator pitches to top investors in the community sound? What do the young tech-savvy inventors of tomorrow look like?

    Find out for yourself on Thursday, May 3 in Santa Clara, California at the National Pitch Night for Technovation Challenge as the top 11 teams from New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles high schools compete to have their innovative smartphone apps taken to market! The event open to the public – free RSVP here.

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    by Angie Chang

    In A Room Of 25 Engineers, Only 3 Will Be Women. Let’s Change This.

    20% of women with math and science degrees work in a related field.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Girls are smarter than boys, the infographic below states. Studies show that at an early age, girls are smarter than boys.

    But girls question their ability, losing confidence and self-esteem from elementary years to their teens – even into college.

    20% of female computer science students question whether they should be there. Then – only 20% of women with a degree in math or science even work in a related field. So when we ask, “Where are the women in the maths and sciences?” – now

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    by Angie Chang

    Technovation Challenge A Course In Entrepreneurship For High School Girls – And Their Mentors

    Words of wisdom from Technovation Challenge speakers, and invitation to Pitch Events.

    By Jeri Countryman (Director of Curriculum & Assessment, Iridescent)

    The Technovation Challenge is a program to promote women in technology by giving girls the skills and confidence they need to be successful in computer science and entrepreneurship by developing a mobile phone app prototype, writing a business plan and pitching their idea to a panel of venture capital and technology startup judges.

    During the ten-week program girls are supported by high school teachers and female mentors in the technology industry. This spring over 500 girls are participating

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    by Angie Chang

    Would You Like To Mentor And Inspire A Team Of High School Girls?

    By Jennifer Arguello (Product Manager, Mozilla & Mentor, Technovation Challenge)

    Are your successes in life due to other people helping you? Do you wish you had more role models growing up to show you what you know now? Would you like to inspire the next generation of female high-tech leaders?

    If you answered yes to these questions, then you should consider becoming a Technovation Challenge mentor.

    The mission of the Technovation Challenge is to promote women in technology by giving girls the skills and confidence

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    by Angie Chang

    “Stories of Leadership” Free Event on November 2 in Menlo Park

    By Tara Chklovski (Founder & CEO, Iridescent)

    The Technovation Challenge is a technology and entrepreneurship program for high school girls, founded by Dr. Anuranjita Tewary (Sr. Data Scientist, Linkedin) and implemented by Iridescent, a national, science-education nonprofit.

    Over the course of ten weeks, girls work with professional women in technology to develop mobile phone apps. The girls learn to use a visual programming language called App Inventor. They present their phone apps and business plans to a panel of VCs at a high visibility “Pitch Night” event.