Technovation Challenge is the largest technology entrepreneurship programme for girls in the world. Over 1500 girls have developed 360+ mobile apps in 2014 alone.
What is it?
The non-profit program inspires girls to use technology and business acumen to create an app for a social cause.
Young girls do not need any programming experience to participate and the program is free for any girl to participate and learn.
A curriculum would be provided and the program would run from Feb-April i.e 12 weeks with after school classes of 4 guided hours a week.
Mentors/Coaches will follow a prescribed curriculum with recommend program/software to help girls create an app. Girls will also learn how to pitch ideas and develop business plans.
Top teams will be invited to present at World Pitch in San Francisco. One team will win $10,000 in seed funding to help them launch their app.
You can see some of the previous winners here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISeOIchChpY
Technovation Challenge partnered with UN, UNICEF and Google.
What is required?
Schools are required to register teams consisting of 3-4 girls.
There are no limits of group registration per school.
Corporate sponsors and individual donors will support a teacher and student’s travel and other arrangements.
- Good coding education is not provided in most schools in Saudi.
Girls lack support and positive role models in computer science and technology field.
- A culture shift is necessary in homes, communities and workplace to encourage more women to study and work in technology.
-Girls from underprivileged communities do not have access to resources to acquire skills to thrive in digital economy
Register with TechnovationKSA, 2016
Deadline : November 30, 2015
Program for Girls
Primary School Division
Girls who are 14 years old and younger.
For 2016, four teams will be invited to present at World Pitch in San Francisco. One team will win $10,000 in seed funding to help them launch their app.
Secondary School Education
Girls who are 14 -19 years of age.
For 2016, six teams will be invited to present at World Pitch in San Francisco. One team will win $10,000 in seed funding to help them launch their app
Students work in teams to develop mobile app “startups” to solve real problems in their communities.
Technovation Coaches (teachers, parents, or community members) and Mentors (women professionals in technology or business) lead the teams as they compete for a part of $20,000 in awards
Teams of up to 5 girls in middle school, high school, or university (up to age 18)
40-60 hours: 4 guided hours per week from Feb through Apr 2016
Do you have an enduring passion for learning and technology and willing to share your knowledge with the younger generation?
Do you want to see a world where more girls and women pursue a technology field?
Do you want to help youth transform their societies through technology in KSA?
Do you wish to give back to your community and help self-empower girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in KSA?
Join Technovation ChallengeKSA!
The Technovation Challenge is a non-profit program promoting 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 for (social change) writing a business plan and pitching their idea to a panel of venture capital and technology startup judges."
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