Global Technology Entrepreneurship Programme for Girls: $20,000 for Grabs

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Global Technology Entrepreneurship Programme for Girls
Global Technology Entrepreneurship Programme for Girls

Overview

Every year, Technovation challenges girls all over the world to build a mobile app that will address a community problem. Since 2010, over 3,000 girls from 28 countries have submitted to Technovation, thanks to dedicated volunteers around the world.

Girls do not need to have programming experience to participate, and Technovation is free for any girl who wants to participate.

Technovation’s success in changing girls’ attitudes about technology and entrepreneurship relies on local volunteers.

Volunteer Coaches recruit teams of girls to work with female mentors. Together, they come up with an app idea, conduct user research, create a business plan, and build the app prototype. Leaders from the technology and business sectors judge the submissions and provide feedback to the teams who by participating in the competition stand a chance of winning part of $20,000 in seed funding.

Registration Requirements.

To register for the official competition, Technovation must receive complete signed consent forms from every team member or her legal guardian and pre-surveys within 2 weeks of registering.

If parents do not have regular email/internet access, the consent forms can also be downloaded, signed, then emailed to info@technovationchallenge.org. Subject lines must formatted as “Technovation consent form: ‘Student Name/DOB/Location’.”

In summary, completion of all 4 steps below qualifies as a full registration for Technovation 2016.

  1. Create an account at my.technovationchallenge.org (if you are registering for the first time). If you have registered for a previous season, you may reuse your login credentials.
    2. Have the appropriate consent forms signed.
    3. Complete the pre-survey.
    4. Attach yourself to a team.

Key Competition Deadlines for 2016.

For 2016, Technovation will not enforce a registration deadline. However, there will still be a submission deadline. The Submission Deadline is April 21st, 2016 at 5pm PT. (Not sure what 5pm PT is where you are? Use a time zone converter like this one to check!) Submissions after the deadline may be disqualified. Technovation recommends beginning the curriculum and preparation as soon as you are ready.

Submission Instructions.

The 2016 submission process will be very similar to the 2015 submission process, and will occur through my.technovationchallenge.org Please see the app theme and deliverables sections below for a full list of what each team will need to submit.

A page of detailed instructions will be posted at least ten days prior to the submission deadline. Deliverables must be submitted in English, as the final stages of judging will be conducted by English-speaking judges.

App Theme.

The theme for 2016 is to create an app to address a community problem or issue. Teams will define the community issue as part of the curriculum steps before defining their solution.

Deliverables.

A complete submission from a team consists of the following items.

  • App source code (can be developed in Android, iOS, or Windows)
  • Up to 4-minute video pitch (upload to YouTube or Vimeo and share the link)
  • Up to 2-minute app demo video (upload to YouTube or Vimeo and share the link)
  • Business plan (pdf)
  • Team photo (with mentor and teacher included, if possible) for each team
  • 100-word app description
  • Completion of post-survey

Deliverables must be submitted in English (or subtitled, in the case of videos), as the final stages of the judging process will be conducted by English-speaking judges.

Participants.

Each Technovation Team includes from 1 to 5 participants. Teams consisting of more than 5 participants are ineligible for their respective division prizes. Participants must be young women who are students enrolled in Primary or Secondary School on the day of the submission deadline. University students are not eligible. In addition to the Participants, Technovation Teams may also include one or more Technovation Teachers and Technovation Mentors.

Once again, Deadline for Submission of completed applications is  April 21st, 2016 at 5pm PT

For More information on the competition, visit the Official Website HERE

Good Luck!

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