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 judge the teams in Minnesota. The winners of this competition will go on to the semi-final round. The 10 global finalists who will win a trip to Silicon Valley to present their pitch to the final judging panel will be chosen from this elite semi-final group from across the globe.
With our approximately 40 teams (31 Middle School and 9 High School), we will need judges to review the work submitted by the teams against the Official Judging Rubric. Each judge will review materials from up to 10 Technovation[MN] teams between April 24 and May 2 – we estimate this will require about an hour for each team. Final judging will take place at the Appapalooza on Sunday afternoon, May 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, where each team will present their pitch to a live audience.
Judges specializing in entrepreneurship, marketing and technology will be combined into small judging panels, to make sure all the criteria on the Rubric are considered.
Becoming a Technovation[MN] judge is a unique opportunity:
• to network with Minnesota’s app community
• to get recognition as an industry leader and promoter;
• and, most importantly, to contribute to inspiring girls to see that Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more safe, more innovative, even more healthy, so that they then hopefully will begin to contribute their essential voices.
Please complete the Technovation[MN] Judging Application no later than April 9 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 16. Judging panels will be selected to balance area of expertise and gender.