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Spark Scholarship Recipients

On May 11th we also announced our Technovation[MN] Spark Scholarships winners. This is a significant milestone in the growth of our organization. We created these sponsorships to continue to spark a fire within her. We want these girls to see that technology is a tool to get their ideas out to the world and that… Read More

Congratulations to our 2019 Appapalooza Winners

Today we hosted our 6th annual Appapalooza! We started in 2014, with 11 teams and 48 girls and today we are here with 87 teams and 348 girls. These girls worked thousands of hours planning and coding their apps and defining their business. They presented their pitches to all friends, family, supporters and our esteemed judges…. Read More

Thank you U.S. Bank for Supporting our Girls

U.S. bank has sponsored, volunteered and judged our annual Appapalooza celebration that congratulates all Minnesota Technovation Challenge teams on completing the 12-week curriculum and submitting their work to global. For the last two years they have hosted a select group of girls for a day at the U.S Bank office. The teams of middle school… Read More

TEENAGERS ARE COMING FOR YOUR JOBS

Audience at Appapalooza

Re-post from GoKart Labs If you’re a business leader thinking about your future workforce, you should pay attention to organizations like Technovation, who are fostering and shaping skills that you will need — and even already need — as your business grows and technology evolves. Technovation is the largest global technology entrepreneurship program for girls… Read More

My Mentor Experience – Charlotte Foran

I ran into a high school classmate when I was back home. We got to chatting, and I realized the last time I had seen her had been at our graduation: seven and a half years ago. That three quarters of a decade seems simultaneously like a lifetime and like an instant. I know I’ve… Read More

My Mentor Experience: Alex Aavang

My name is Alex Aavang and I am a Technovation[MN] Board Member and a 2-year Technovation Mentor.  Many of my friends and coworkers have asked about what it is like to be a Technovation mentor, so I wanted to share my answer with you today! I am currently a Software Development Engineer for Amazon in… Read More

Common Mentor Questions And Answers

The Technovation Challenge inspires and enables teen girls to dream up, design, code and business pitch mobile apps. The all-girl teams develop a real-world combination of technical and entrepreneurial skills working with their professional mentors. But still not sure what it takes to be a mentor? Or if you are the right fit? Check out… Read More

Amazon Hosts Young Female Coders and Donates $20K

Girls are the Alexa Challenge Celebration

Amazon has supported Technovation [MN] for the past two years. After being inspired by our work with young girls, Amazon partnered with us to present the “Alexa Skills Challenge.” It provides students with an opportunity to get direct, hands-on application of creating a voice-enabled Alexa skill to help make everyday tasks faster, easier, and more delightful… Read More

Introducing Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks.

Hello everyone! I have some exciting news! First off, some introductions. My name is Alex Aavang. I am a Software Development Engineer at Amazon by day and a Technovation[MN] board member and mentor by night. This is my first year on the board, but I’ve had a blast mentoring the teams at Aurora Charter School… Read More

Computer Glitz, 2018 Technovation[MN] team, highlighted at Minnedemo

After Appapalooza in May, some Technovation[MN] teams go on to compete in other tech challenges in the Twin Cities. This year, Computer Glitz, an Eagan-based Technovation[MN] team that was one of the 2018 high school division winners at Appapalooza, took their app HandsOn to Minnedemo in St. Paul. On July 12, the team demoed their app… Read More

Technovation[MN] co-founder receives 2018 WoM2M award

It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and at Technovation[MN] we take that seriously. Take our co-founder and executive director, Shawn Stavseth, for example. Through her volunteer work with Technovation[MN] and her professional career, Shawn is one of the many women across the U.S. who is drawing… Read More

Technovation[MN] announces 2018 Appapalooza winners

9 teams will advance to semi-finals May 12, 2018 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) –  Today, hundreds of middle and high school girls gathered at Technovation[MN]’s annual Appapalooza celebration to compete in an international app-building challenge. Participants spent three months imagining, designing and building mobile apps to solve community problems. Technovation[MN], a Code Savvy non-profit, is proud to… Read More

Technovation[MN] receives Progress Minnesota Award

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., April 4  — For the past seven years, the Progress Minnesota Awards Program through Finance and Commerce has recognized individuals, companies and organizations that drive Minnesota into the future through economic development, entrepreneurship, technological innovation and workforce development. A panel of independent judges reviewed this year’s nominations and recognized 24 honorees for their… Read More

Technovation[MN] announces 2018 Appapalooza details

April 4, 2018 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) – Technovation[MN], a Code Savvy non-profit youth program focused on enabling teen girls to learn entrepreneurship skills and how to code mobile apps, today announced details about its annual mobile app pitch event, AppapaloozaTM. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Minneapolis Convention Center and provides Technovation[MN]… Read More

To Prepare for Appapalooza, Find Your Inner Superhero

Kristine Schaefer is principal of Loma Communications, an executive communications coaching firm whose motto is: “Tell the world who you are, what you stand for and how you’ll deliver.” Dear Technovation Challengers, In the ways that Title IX paved the way for girls in sports and academics, the work you’re doing will change the tech… Read More

Being an Appapalooza judge: No CS experience required

Guest post by Angie Kalthoff, a Technology Integrationist in for the St. Cloud Area School District 742. She consults with organizations that want to understand the why, what and how behind Computer Science in the K-12 setting, with a focus on elementary education. I am excited to see how girls, right here in Minnesota, will change… Read More

The Beginning of a Journey in Technology: SKeMAS at 2017 MN Cup

Guest post from Keerthi Manikonda, 2017 Technovation[MN] participant The MN Cup experience is something that I am truly grateful for. It has been something that has taught me various life skills and has brought me closer to my teammates. It taught me to learn how to be a strong and reliable leader and it also… Read More

Do Big Things: SKeMAS at 2017 MN Cup

Guest post from Sophia Fulton, 2017 Technovation[MN] participant Do big things. Do epic things. Do things people don’t think you can do. Do things that you don’t think you can do. We’re rooting for you. That’s what I felt as my team participated in Technovation, and most recently, MN Cup: the largest startup competition in… Read More

Give to the Max Day is coming!

Give to the Max Day 2017 is coming up! Be a part of getting more girls like Tien involved in STEM!  To keep our program completely cost-free for girls like Tien, we rely on your support! Donate to Technovation[MN] this Give to the Max Day! “Through Technovation and Aspirations I met role models already in… Read More

2018 Registration is Open

2018 mentor and team registration is now open! We are so looking forward to a fantastic season! Expect more teams, more fun, and an even bigger Appapalooza, scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Register your Technovation[MN] team so that we can give you all the support you need throughout the season.

VIA team reaches finals of MN Cup

Originally posted by the Rochester Post Bulletin A group of Rochester girls are finalists in a Minnesota business competition, thanks to an app they created that discourages texting and driving. The team of five from Rochester Public Schools are finalists in two categories of the 2017 Minnesota Cup, a competition for the best new business… Read More

If not us, who? If not now, when?

Being unapologetically yourself. It’s a saying I hear often, but if there’s one thing that I learned since getting involved with technology last year, it is just that. I grew up in a traditional Vietnamese family. We do not travel or do much outside of the norm. My parents are immigrants and have to work… Read More

Most important, Be the Next YOU

Guest post by Keerthi Manikonda, a Technovation[MN] participant and Appapalooza Guest Speaker Approximately three and a half years ago, one of my instructors from a program called BDPA approached me and a couple other girls, and told us about this cool new program that encourages girls to try mobile app development. I went home that… Read More

Two MN Teams are Runners Up in Global Competition

We are extremely excited and proud to announce that TWO (2) Technovation[MN] teams are Runners Up in the Global Technovation Challenge.  Each team will receive a scholarship to continue their work and/or studies in business, technology or computer science. See the 2017 Award Structure. VIA by BDPA SKeMAS – Senior Division Via is a safe… Read More

Three teams advance to the MN Cup Semi-Finals

MN Cup announced today it has advanced 3 Technovation[MN] teams to the semifinals of the 2017 competition. Eye on Walleye Technovation Junior semi-finalist team and the Top Scoring Technovation[MN] team Eye on Walleye was developed to provide a more accurate and real-time track of the fishing population Pitch Video | Demo Video Via Technovation Senior semi-finalist team Via… Read More

Biggest Appapalooza Ever!

An inspiring group of dreamers, designers and doers gathered yesterday at the Minneapolis Convention Center as over 60 teams of high school and middle school girls came together in celebration of their hard work with Technovation[MN]. Teams of young women pitched mobile apps they have been building over the past 3 months to business professionals…. Read More

And our 2017 winners are…..

Congratulations to our 9 teams that are advancing to semi-finals for the chance to go to the global competition in San Francisco! Check out their pitch videos here: G.I.R.L.S. can H.A.K. from Maple Grove Middle School The Tech-Tastics from St. John the Evangelist The 4 Musketeers from Chaska Middle School East Her-ricanes from Chatfield Public Schools… Read More

Calling Volunteers for Appapalooza

Guest post from Leib Yardley, Appapalooza Volunteer Coordinator Appapalooza 2017 will take place on Sunday, May 7th from 2-5pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We will need many volunteers to pull off this year’s event as we are expecting over 290 participants and 750 attendees! If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up using… Read More

Judges Needed for Appapalooza! – A Unique Opportunity

APPLY HERE TO BE AN APPAPALOOZA JUDGE. Technovation Challenge 2017 is nearing completion! The 54 middle school and 12 high school teams are busy polishing their mobile apps, creating demo videos, and for the high school teams, completing their business plans for submission by April 26. All of this learning and hard work will culminate… Read More

2017 By the Numbers

Guest post by Jean Weiss, Code Savvy, Executive Director, and Technovation Regional Ambassador Another record breaking year for Technovation[MN] is in the making. In this, our fourth year, we again we have more mentors, more students, and more teams than ever before. We have teams across the Twin Cities, both urban and suburban and teams… Read More

Inspiring as a state of mind!

Guest post by Karen Winkler, Technovation[MN] Board Chair, Mentors and Technology I love math and I wanted my daughters to love math, so when they were in grade school I made sure they saw me in action as a ‘math-lete’ and enjoying the ‘game’. I’m also kind of a health nut, and I wanted my… Read More

MultiTech and Technovation[MN] team up to create an Impact for MN Girls in STEM

Guest post by Annette Evans, Technovation[MN] Board Chair – Fundraising Technovation[MN] is thrilled to be working in partnership with MultiTech – A woman owned IoT technology company committed to helping our efforts to break barriers and propel girls in STEM. MultiTech will make a donation for EACH and EVERY badge they scan at their booth… Read More

Girls put creativity, energy into solving community problems

A group of nearly 100 middle and high school girls gathered at Lourdes High School on Wednesday. Armed with curiosity and energy, they were tasked with coming up with solutions to some of Rochester’s most pressing problems. No issue was too big to broach. On the table were topics that confound the region’s leaders each… Read More

Defining your app’s target audience and why it matters

Guest Post by Eve Poeschl, Technovation[MN] Board Member There’s more to developing an app than choosing features and writing code that will bring the idea to life. There’s an important decision to make first. Who’s your target audience? Defining this group is critical to the success of any app. Impact of your target audience The… Read More

Be the change you wish to see in the world

Guest post written by Karen Winkler, Technovation[MN] Mentor Board Chair ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’-Mahatma Gandhi This has got to be one of the most referenced quotes, especially when referring to personal behavior. Want more people to be nice; start acting nicer. Want your kids to eat more vegetables; start… Read More

2017 Technovation Challenge Registration is Open!

Calling all girls, mentors, and volunteers! Registration for the Global Technovation Challenge is now open. REGISTER FOR 2017 2017 SEASON TIMELINE 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… Read More

MN Aspirations in Computing Awards

We’re excited to share with you an annual award offering career inspiring opportunities for female students in your Minnesota high school who have technology interests and aspirations. Young women in grades 9-12 are invited to apply for the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards, hosted by Advance IT Minnesota and prominent local partners. Last year,… Read More

We are hiring!

Technovation[MN] is looking for a project manager intern to help implement this year’s Technovation Challenge. If you are passionate about technology and want to do something to get more girls involved in the innovation of products this role is for you. Contact Us to apply. Our ideal candidate is someone who is obsessed with details…. Read More

Technovation[MN] receives grant from Amazon

Amazon today announced plans for a new technology development center in downtown Minneapolis that will create 100 full-time, technology-focused jobs. To celebrate Amazon’s expansion in the Minneapolis community, Amazon is donating $10,000 plus mentoring support to local nonprofit Code Savvy to help the group’s mission of encouraging youth’s understanding of coding and promoting diversity in… Read More

And the winners are….

What an incredible day…….Congrats to every single girl who pitched today!  These 7 teams will be entered into the semi-final round of the World Pitch Competition. MIDDLE SCHOOL REGIONAL WINNERS In no particular order. J.A.T.S with Ace Assisted from St. Francis Assisi, Rochester MN Ace Assisted is an app that help you find the perfect… Read More

Congratulations to all 50 MN teams for completing your submissions to Global! See you at Appapalooza May 1.

All 50 teams from Minnesota completed their 12-weeks of technology entrepreneur curriculum and submitted their mobile apps that solve a social problem to the Technovation Challenge.  Congratulations to you all!  What a huge accomplishment.  We are very excited to see you and hear your app pitches, not to mention celebrate your success, at Appapalooza on 5/1…. Read More

Summer Camps

Get ready for Summer with these STEM camps. Technovation[MN] at Microsoft Community Day – June 17. Watch for more details. Abamath Summer Programs University of MN Summer Computing Academy for female High School students Macalester College SPARCS at Mac Tech Camp for Minnesota Girls Advanced IT Minnestota Camp Explore The Works Museum Summer Programs Leonardos… Read More

Two of Minnesota’s Youngest App Developers Earn Exclusive Invitation to the White House

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 13, 2016) — Kasson-Mantorville Middle School students and Technovation Global Challenge participants Lydia Mindermann and Andrea Richards are presenting their family-friendly stress-reduction app at the 6th Annual White House Science Fair in Washington, D.C. on April 13 – showing off the fruits of more than a year of hard work in… Read More

Judges Needed – A Unique Opportunity

Guest post by Kate Boeckman, Judging Chair The Technovation Challenge season has three weeks to go, and on April 21st, the teams will be submitting their final projects. Technovation[MN] has been selected to be an Official Pitch Event for the Technovation Challenge, and with this honor we have the opportunity to judge the teams in… Read More

Call for Appapalooza Volunteers

Guest post from Rita Horrigan, Appapalooza Volunteer Coordinator Appapalooza 2016 will take place on Sunday, May 1 from 2-5pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We will need several volunteers to pull off this year’s event as we are expecting over 150 participants and 400 attendees! If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up using… Read More

Submit your apps for $20K in prize money

We are a proud supporter of the 12th annual MN Cup AND the competition’s new YOUTH DIVISION! $20,000 in prize money available for MN’s young entrepreneurs. Learn more at carlsonschool.umn.edu/youthdivision. This new division for young people is about supporting and fostering a specific mindset around entrepreneurship. Young people who advance in the competition will benefit… Read More

Tara Chklovski to speak at Appapalooza

Exciting news!  Tara Chklovski, Founder and CEO of Iridescent, the organization that facilitates the Global Technovation Challenge in San Francisco, will speak at Appapalooza on May 1. Iridescent strives to bring the world’s most cutting edge STEM innovations to the world’s most needy children. It does this by relying heavily on scientists and engineers as well… Read More

2016 Registration is Open!

Calling all girls, mentors and coaches! Registration for the Global Technovation Challenge is now open. REGISTER FOR 2016 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… Read More

CodeGirl Debut!

We are so excited to share news of the new documentary CodeGirl, which follows Technovation teams during the 2015 season. Made by Lesley Chilcott (producer of An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman), this film aims to inspire more girls all over the world to pursue their interests in STEM and entrepreneurship. We want as… Read More

Transforming the World, One Mobile App at a Time

Technovation[MN] is a chapter of the global Technovation community and a key program of Code Savvy.  The goal of Technovation is to close the gender gap in computer science by inspiring and educating girls and young women on entrepreneurship, design and engineering in a fun and supportive environment.  Technovation provides a 12 week program that… Read More