Technovation[MN], a program of Code Savvy, a Minnesota non-profit organization creating and expanding opportunities for a diverse new generation to explore programming and creative problem solving through technology, announced it has selected Ericka Dennis as its next Program Director. Ericka will succeed Lisa Schlosser, who is stepping down after two years of leading the organization.
Technovation[MN] inspires girls, ages 10-18, to build technology to solve challenges in their communities. Working with professional mentors, all-girl teams develop a real-world combination of technical and entrepreneurial skills, coming together for a live pitch event, Appapalooza, in May. Technovation[MN] provides two technology tracks including the Technovation Challenge and Amazon’s Alexa Skills Challenge.
“Ericka’s wealth of insight and creativity makes her a perfect addition to our team, and we can’t wait to see the future impact she will help us have in bringing computer science to even more girls through her leadership,” said Valerie Lockhart, Executive Director of Code Savvy. “She brings with her incredible education and entrepreneurial experience, as well as a deep passion for creating inclusive community engagement opportunities for families and educators alike.”
“Technovation[MN] has had great growth over the years in capturing the inner technologists and entrepreneurs in teenage girls,” added Shawn Stavseth, Technovation[MN] Co-Founder. “Ericka’s experience and passion for bringing technology entrepreneurship and solution-based practices to diverse communities made her the ideal candidate. We are thrilled to have her on board.”
“I am excited to join the Technovation[MN] team and am delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a great organization,” said Ericka Dennis. “I look forward to working with Technovation[MN] board members, volunteers, and program participants to build upon the successful programs in place that bring awareness to girls fulfilling careers in technology,” Ericka Dennis said. “I’m grateful to Lisa Schlosser for her guidance. The organization is strong today because of her leadership and work over the past two years.”
The Technovation[MN] program is not just about building tech skills; it’s about learning and applying the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. Learn more about Technovation[MN], and the impact of its programs by visiting the Get Involved page on the website.