Judges Needed for Appapalooza! – A Unique Opportunity


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 in live pitches in front of panels of judges at Appapalooza on Sunday, May 7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.   The top eight Minnesota teams will advance to the semi-finals where 12 teams from around the world will win the opportunity to present at Technovation Global Pitch Summit later this summer in San Francisco.

We are looking for business and technology professionals to be judges for Technovation Challenge 2017. 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.

The time commitment is approximately ten hours during the week of May 1, six hours to score the submissions (May 1-5 at your convenience) and another four hours to participate in a judging panel at Appapalooza (May 7, 1-5pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center). Attendance at Appapalooza is mandatory to be a judge as this completes the feedback experience for the teams.

Becoming a Technovation[MN] judge provides a unique opportunity to:

  • Network with community entrepreneurs and business leaders,
  • Be seen as an industry leader and promoter, and
  • Most importantly, inspire girls to contribute their essential voices to help make the world a better place through technology and entrepreneurship.

Please complete the application below no later than April 10, if you are interested in being considered for this exciting opportunity to inspire a diverse new code-savvy generation! We encourage you to apply and will get back to you by April 17. All judges will be required to sign an NDA which will be sent to you on April 17. Judging panels will be selected to balance area of expertise and gender.



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