TECHNOVATION CHALLENGE MENTORS
Mentors can be educators, parents, technology, or business professionals, after school coordinators, etc.
Each mentor (or team of mentors) works with a team of 5 girls to guide them through each week of Technovation’s 12 or 20-week curriculum starting in January or October. The October start date is suggested for new teams to get acclimated to the program.
Girls see their mentors as role models and look to them for guidance on how to overcome obstacles and solve problems when working on challenging projects. Teams of 2 to 4 mentors can divide the topics they mentor (e.g. one helping with coding, one helping with business topics, etc) or alternate attendance from one week to the next.
Some mentors have a background in computer science, but many do not. The primary value students receive from mentors is access to a role model and stories of real-world experiences. Mentors might not know the answer to every question their teams ask them, but they have experienced not knowing all the answers in the past and can guide the teams to move forward anyway.
Participants – Professionals in the education, technology, engineering, or business fields
Eligibility – Comfort and confidence in learning and coaching, especially for technology products; prior coding or app development experience is welcome but not necessary
Commitment – 25-50 hours: 2+ hours per week for 12 weeks from Jan through Apr (meeting times for many teams are right after school, so workplace flexibility is important); or co-mentor and share the commitment with another mentor.
If you are interested in becoming a Technovation Challenge Mentor, please click the green mentor sign up button. If you have questions, please contact us.
Returning participants: After you click the link above, click the sign-in button right below Create an Account. You can use the same credentials as last year!
Appapalooza 2019 will take place in May at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This event is expected to attract more than 300 participants and 1,000 attendees and we need volunteers to help!
As a volunteer, you will help us:
- Set up and organize sponsor tables, check-in materials and programs
- Be the first point of contact to engage and generate excitement for our teams and their families by directing them to the check-in tables and presentation rooms
- Check in teams and mentors and send them to their presentation location
- Engage with teams as an emcee in the pitch presentation rooms to support presentations to the live judges
- Work with sponsors to monitor their tables during the program
In order to be eligible to be an Appapalooza Volunteer, you must be available on the date of Appapalooza. You can sign up to volunteer for all or part of the event. Help us inspire the next generation of women coders and join us as an Appapalooza Volunteer!
We are looking for business and technology professionals to be judges for Technovation Challenge 2019. Becoming a Technovation[MN] judge provides a unique opportunity to:
- Inspire girls to contribute their essential voices to help make the world a better place through technology and entrepreneurship
- Provide critical feedback to help girls improve their skills and further develop their product
- Network with community entrepreneurs and business leaders
- Increase your visibility as an industry leader and promoter
Judges will score submissions and provide constructive feedback for up to six teams using an official judging rubric. Each judge will also participate in a panel at Appapalooza to score the live pitches by their assigned teams.
Commitment – Technovation Challenge judges will need to commit to approximately 10 hours of judge-related activities during the first two weeks of May (six hours to score submissions and another four hours to participate in the Appapalooza judging panel). Attendance at Appapalooza is mandatory to be a judge as this completes the feedback experience for the teams.
Judging panels will be selected to balance area of expertise and gender.
May 1 – May 9 Reserve approximately six hours to review and score submissions wherever you want
On the date of Appapalooza, you will be onsite at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.
APP DAY MENTORS
Girls learn to code a few mobile apps in a free three-hour event using free software called AppInventor. Computers are available for each girl. We like to have a trainer and a few mentors in each classroom to ensure each girl gets the most out of our event. Must have App Inventor experience.
Commitment – approximately 5 hours total for one App Day.
If you are interested in being an App Day Mentor, please contact us.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We are also looking for fundraisers, fiscal sponsors, presenters, event volunteers, and more.
If interested in volunteering in one of these other capacities please contact us.