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 for a crowd at the Ordway in St. Paul. The girls developed HandsOn for the 2018 Technovation Challenge to address a gap in the market – providing knowledge and counsel to people who are choosing a technical or community college education program. The app’s mission is to help students plan for their futures and realize their full potential.
Minnedemo is a showcase for working technology products made right here in Minnesota. Sometimes described as a geek show-and-tell an, Minnedemo is an energizing and informative evening that connects innovators, investors and technologists of all kinds. Minnedemo events have been happening in the Twin Cities since 2006, and Computer Glitz is the youngest group to ever present.
The Computer Glitz team is made up of Eagan students Ashley Chen, Clare Dixon, Nora Dixon, Prapthi Sirrkay and Ellie Sprinthall. The team has competed with Technovation[MN] for four seasons, one of the longest team runs so far. This year they learned to create the HandsOn app in Android Studio, and the team plans to have their app on the Google Play store soon and is working to market it with students and schools.
During their Minnedemo HandsOn demo, Computer Glitz described how much they enjoy being a part of Technovation[MN] and encouraged audience members to volunteer and get involved. If you or anyone you know are interested in supporting and encouraging teams of girls, like Computer Glitz, head over to our “Get Involved” page to learn more about the many opportunities we have available.
Want to see the HandsOn app in action? Check out Computer Glitz’s demo on Vimeo.