INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURS
Technovation Girls, formally Technovation Challenge
Technovation[MN] brought the global Technovation Girls to Minnesota in 2014. The Technovation Girls is the largest and longest-running global technology competition exclusively for girls to inspire the pursuit of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Technovation Girls is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. Through an intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams of young women work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” businesses to investors. 1,374 young women from 19 countries have completed Technovation’s curriculum already, thanks to dedicated local volunteers on the ground worldwide. The program theme challenged young women to develop an app to solve a real problem in their community. Because Technovation’s curriculum teaches both technology and entrepreneurship, the program is accessible for beginner computer science students yet still challenging for advanced students and even adults. The program awards $20k in funding to winning teams for further app development. No prior programming experience is necessary for students or for teachers. The program is free to all participants.
At the culmination of the Technovation Girls, Technovation[MN] hosts a celebratory event, called Appapalooza, where we celebrate and congratulate all Minnesota Technovation Challenge teams on completing the 12-week curriculum and submitting their work to global.
Technovation[MN] also hosts App Days and workshops in the Fall and early Winter to enable teen girls to build mobile apps, and to inspire them to participate in the Technovation Girls. Since the launch of Technovation[MN] we have hosted multiple App Days where we trained over 500 teen girls and mentors from all over the Twin Cities area.