Technovation[MN] – Design Thinking Workshop

February 5

  • Location

    • Online Event
  • Time

    9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Calling all 2022 Technovation[MN] teams! Take a break from coding and engage in a one-of-a-kind Design Thinking workshop. The session will go deep on Design Thinking, a unique approach to problem solving. In this workshop, you will learn skills to help you: 

  • Clearly define the community challenge your app is addressing

  • Understand your apps end users (who are they, what do they care about, what do they need)

  • Brainstorm app development ideas and solutions with your team

  • Build 3D and/or paper prototypes of solution ideas

  • Present your prototype(s) for peer review

  • Implement peer feedback into your prototype(s)

You will leave this session well on your way to building an awesome solution for your Technovation Girls Challenge mobile app. Make the most of this workshop by attending with your whole team and a mentor or teacher! Can’t wrangle the whole crew? Don’t sweat it – you’re welcome to join us individually!

Reminder: A parent or guardian (mentor or educator is also ok) needs to be present for students 13 and under.


The focus of the Design Thinking workshop is your Technovation Girls app. Before the workshop, please speak with 1 to 3 people who could potentially be end-users of your app. Explain the challenge you’re trying to solve then ask questions and take notes about how it affects them. Some example questions include:

  1. Where do you get information about __________ ?

  2. What do you find most challenging about __________?

  3. How much time do you spend thinking about/dealing with __________?

  4. How does __________ impact your life/work/community?

  5. What is your favorite mobile app and/or website? Why?

If you are unable to interview anyone, come prepared with observations or research about your end users. What is important to them? How do they access information or resources? Why do they do things the way they do? How do they think about the world?