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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

Remembering Rebecca Schatz

With deep sadness and a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Rebecca Schatz, founder and executive director of Code Savvy, founder of The Works hands-on museum of engineering and catalyst behind Technovation[MN]. Rebecca passed away in her loving family’s arms on Monday, July 13, 2015. Rebecca touched so many people during her vibrant, innovative, and… Read More

Audience Choice Award goes to Furst Class Techies at the World Pitch Competition

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 25, 2015) Technovation[MN] team, Furst Class Techies from Kasson-Mantorville, MN, not only won the Audience Choice Award but also received Honorable Mention in the Middle School Division at the World Pitch Technovation competition in San Francisco. This competition brings the finalists together from the Global Technovation Challenge, a technology entrepreneurship… Read More

Our Furst Class Techies Team Travels to San Francisco

Our Furst Class Techies Team Travels to San Francisco for Technovation’s 5th Annual International Mobile App Competition for Girls. Finalists will fly in from Nigeria, India, Brazil, Mexico, and the US to compete for $20,000 in prizes. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On June 24th, 43 young women from around the world, including the Technovation[MN] team,… Read More

Technovation[MN] Middle School Team a Global Finalist

Technovation[MN] is pleased to announce that a team of three girls from Kasson-Mantorville (K-M) Middle School in Rochester, MN became just one of ten internationally that will compete in the annual Technovation Challenge finals in San Francisco on June 24-25. Watch the video of the K-M girls explaining their app The team of Rylee Melius,… Read More

Appapalooza Winners!

Appapalooza was a HUGE success! We had 22 middle school teams and 6 high school teams complete the 12-week curriculum and ‘pitch’ their app in front of an audience at Appapalooza on Sunday, May 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The house was full with over 400 supporters. The energy in the room was palpable…. Read More

Congratulations to this years teams!

The Technovation[MN] Board extends a hearty congratulations to all our Technovation[MN] teams. Most of you, 6 High School and 22 Middle School teams, completed and submitted your materials on time to Global. It was a fun and tough job to get it all done and you did it! What does this mean? We are able… Read More

Technovation Challenge World Pitch – June 25

This year Technovation[MN] will be able to send up to 4 teams into the semi-final round of the Technovation Challenge. From there 10 finalists will be chosen to present their apps at the Technovation Challenge World Pitch in San Francisco on June 25! More details on the World Pitch to come. In the meantime, our… Read More

Prizes needed for Appapalooza! Only 3 weeks to go

3 WEEKS TO GO and we NEED YOUR HELP! Help us make Appapalooza the most SPECTACULAR event the girls have ever experienced! For the past 10 weeks, 150 girls between the ages of 10 and 19 have been participating in the Technovation Challenge. Working in teams of 5, these girls are dreaming up, designing, coding… Read More

Appapalooza May 3 at Minneapolis Convention Center

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., April 9, 2015 – Minnesotans are invited to celebrate young women in technology by attending the Technovation[MN] Appapalooza event on May 3, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave S. The Appapalooza event features young women participating in the Technovation Challenge, a global technology entrepreneurship program…. Read More

Call for Judges

Guest post by Jean Weiss, Technovation[MN] Board Member Technovation Challenge season has a little over 4 weeks to go. On April 23rd, the teams will be submitting their work to Technovation Global. Technovation[MN] has been selected to be an Official Pitch Event for the Technovation Challenge and with this honor we have the opportunity to… Read More

It’s all in the numbers!

Guest post by Jean Weiss, Technovation[MN] Board Member 2015 is a big year for Technovation[MN]! We’ve exceeded even our own ambitious expectations. We have more coaches, mentors, and students than can fit into a minivan (or 40). Our teams stretch far and wide across the Twin Cities, the suburbs and into Rochester. Here are this… Read More

Recapping App Day: Trained and Ready to Rock!

Guest post from Melanie Shirley, Technovation[MN] Board Member We had a thrilling start to 2015 with another App Day! On Sunday, January 11, Technovation[MN] welcomed 28 girls and 21 mentors to the TIES Training Center to learn how to use App Inventor to code mobile apps. Enthusiasm ran high at this weekend’s event and the… Read More

Another Successful App Day

Guest post from Steve Morse, Technovation[MN] Board Member Thanks to the sponsorship and support of PeopleNet, CoderDojoTC and the TIES Training Center in Falcon Heights, Technovation[MN] was able to have an “App Day” this past Saturday, November 1, 2014. What an incredibly fun way to spend a Saturday morning! Nineteen young girls and 22 potential… Read More

Meet the 2014-2015 Leadership Board

I am extremely excited to announce that we have finalized our 2014-2015 Technovation[MN] Leadership Board. Innovation guru and master networker Jacqueline Byrd is joining us a Board Chair. We also have nine new committee chairs who are committed to our mission of enabling young women to transform the world one mobile app at at a… Read More

Technovation[MN] at the Minnesota State Fair with WCCO Radio

Hot summer sun, fried food of every kind, and yes, techie girls! We were at the Minnesota State Fair yesterday talking Technovation[MN] with Roshini Rajkumar of WCCO-Radio. Listen to the interview. Huge shout out to Roshini for helping us promote and grow Technovation[MN].

NOW RECRUITING FOR THE 2014-2015 LEADERSHIP TEAM

We are now recruiting volunteers for the 2014-2015 Technovation[MN] leadership team to mastermind the Technovation Challenge in Minnesota plus App Days for girls and the Appapalooza event. We seek strategic, action-oriented leaders passionate about engaging young women in technology and entrepreneurship. We are seeking leaders to fill the following positions: Chair, Marketing Chair, Fundraising and… Read More

Value The Power Of The Girl Inside

I am very pleased to include a guest post by Emma Lloyd. Emma was a Technovation[MN] Mentor for a team at Laura Jeffrey Academy this past year. She is a computer scientist, a business women and humanitarian. She is an amazing person giving much of her time to inspiring girls. Enjoy! Shawn Stavseth Co-Founder of… Read More

Rockin’ Appapalooza featured on Minnov8

Great post on Minnov8 by Phil Wilson who attended Appapalooza. I didn’t see him in Satori’s photo booth though. Next year Phil! Minnov8: Rockin’ Appapalooza Indeed we were rockin’ at this years Appapalooza with the help of DJ Brian Glad. Each team got to pick a theme song that was played before they gave their… Read More

Look we made the Minnesota Business Magazine

Technovation[MN] was highlighted in the Minnesota Business Magazine blog this week. Thank you Minnesota Business Magazine and Val Engler for supporting girls in tech. Minnesota Business – Inspiring Minnesota Girls Get Tech Crazy

Minnov8 Highlights Technovation[MN]

Wow, what a fantastic post by Graeme Thickins on Minnov8 regarding bringing Technovation here to Minnesota. Minnov8 – Helping Young Women Discover Entrepreneurship Minnov8 was started to focus on technology innovation in the State of Minnesota. Borne out of a frustration that there wasn’t a showcase for the talent, brainpower, creativity, and innovation that exists… Read More

Get your ticket!

Here are some upcoming opportunities for girls and young women interested in coding. All are free but registration is required, and space is limited, so register soon to avoid disappointment. We hope you can come have fun exploring computer science — and please spread the word to other girls and young women! Wednesday April 16… Read More

Come join us at Appapalooza!

Come see each team’s “pitch” for their app and get inspired by the accomplishments of professional women in technology. Good cause, good eats and prizes for the participants! Space is limited so get your ticket today. Celebrate young women in technology by joining us at Technovation[MN] Appapalooza on Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 3 to… Read More

18 Technovation[MN] Teams Launched

The 2014 Technovation season kicked off in Minnesota and we are pleased to announce that we have 18 Minnesota teams, 78 girls, competing in the global challenge. The Global Technovation Challenge 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,… Read More

Teams still seeking mentors

We still need mentors for the following schools.   Please consider inspiring the next generation of technology entrepreneurs. Sign up today. Avalon School 700 Glendale Street, St. Paul, MN 55114 Meeting 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Mentors welcome to come either one or both days. 3 teams — looking for 2 additional… Read More

Technovation[MN] 2014 is Here! Register Today.

Registrations for Technovation 2014 are officially open and you can sign up today! Like last year, we challenge this year’s teams to develop an app that solves a problem in their local community in one of the three following categories: 1. Creating apps for local organizations 2. Teen issues (suicide, peer pressure, teen pregnancy, etc.)… Read More