2017 Technovation Challenge Registration is Open!

Calling all girls, mentors, and volunteers! Registration for the Global Technovation Challenge is now open.

Registration Opens: October 1, 2016
Individual & Team Registration Deadline: March 8, 2017
Submission Deadline: April 26, 2017
World Pitch Summit: August 7-11, 2017

Every year, Technovation challenges girls all over the world to build a mobile app that will address a community problem. Since 2009:

  • 10,000 girls have participated inTechnovation from over 78 countries
  • Over 2,400 professionals have built a global network of support for Technovation girls as mentors, educators and regional ambassadors
  • Over 1,700 mobile apps have been created by Technovation participants

Girls, whether you are an athlete, musician, love fashion, or want to explore medicine, coding can help you pursue your interests now and create greater career options and job security for your future. Imagine building an app that you can have on your own phone. Come find out what it is all about!

Volunteers and mentors, there is no technical expertise necessary to become involved and support getting more girls into STEM careers through Technovation!

Note to past mentors & coaches: the coach and mentor roles have been consolidated for 2017.

Why is it so important to inspire girls to learn to code?

Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce. –NSF Science and Engineering Indicators, 2016

In 2014 women held on 26% of computing occupations, down from 36% in 1991 – NCWIT, Women in IT: The Facts

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 1.4 million computing-related job openings. At current rates, however, we can only fill about 30% of those jobs with U.S. computing bachelor’s grads.

Girls represent a valuable, mostly untapped talent pool – Exploring Computer Science/Resources/cs-statistics
If current trends continue, by 2018 the information technology industry will only be able to fill half of its available jobs. – NCWIT, Women in IT: The Facts

The fraction of women among bachelor’s graduates has decreased in Computer Science, from 37% in 1984 to 11.7% in 2010/2011. – Women Computing Association Computing Degree and Enrollment Trends

Only about one out of every seven engineers is female. – U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration

And finally Minnesota ranks 47 out of 50 in Computer Science standards. (YIKES) – Computer Science Teachers Association, Running on Empty.

If girls are inspired to see that Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more safe, more innovative, even more healthy, then hopefully they will begin to contribute their essential voices.

Join us in inspiring our Minnesota girls to do great things through tech.

Use the green button to sign up above!

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