Once a Technovation[MN] Challenge participant has been through the program and understands all of the ins and outs, they’re invited to become an Ambassador. Through this Alumni program, the girls are able to give back to their community and help other girls who are just getting started on their development journey.
Today, we’d like to introduce you to the newest members of our Ambassador team!
Ambassador: Anushka Chaudhari
Bio: I am a senior at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN. I have been a competitor in Technovation since 7th grade, and started my own division of Technovation at Eastview High School.
When I am not focused on my academics, I love to play the piano and flute. I love to dance and spend time with my friends and family. I also love Tae Kwon Do, which I have been doing for eight years. I also love to read young adult novels and watch movies.
Time of day: the afternoon
Country to visit: Greece or New Zealand
Favorite websites: Schoology.com, youtube.com, nike.com
Favorite app: Instagram
Secret talent: I’m secretly really good at all wordles.
Define yourself in three words: Learning, Passionate, Kind
Super power: Invisibility
Tech advice: When you get frustrated with coding, don’t take it out on the computer or your peers.
Advice to participants: Keep persevering in the season. You are supposed to face setbacks and challenges in the season, and how you overcome them is the most important part of this competition.
What would you want to be remembered for: My dedication to what I am passionate about and how much I have helped others.
Most used app: Instagram / Spotify
What do you do to relax?: Listening to music or coloring
Choose a coding language: Python
One food for the rest of your life: Chicken Burritos
What would a documentary about you be about?: Psychology of Dreams
Who would play you?: Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
What song would you play on repeat?: you were good to me (live from the internet) by Jeremy Zucker and Chelsea Cutler
Who would you switch lives with for a day?: Sanjay Gupta
Ambassador: Ilsa Olsen
Bio: I am currently a junior at Northeastern University in Boston, MA majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Business. Outside of school I enjoy reading, watching sports and creating art, mainly watercolor and acrylic painting.
After college I hope to work for a biotech startup combining my interests in both engineering and business. I have been an intern with Code Savvy since May of 2020 and am excited to be part of the first set of Technovation[MN] student ambassadors!
Time of day: Night
Country to visit: Spain / Australia
Favorite websites: youtube.com, Pinterest, NYT for the mini-crosswords
Favorite app: Spotify
Secret talent: Can tell how tall someone is from a photo
Define yourself in three words: Hardworking, Tall, Honest
Super power: Time Travel / Teleport
Tech advice: Tech is the future – we need it for everything in life.
Advice to participants: Take every opportunity you get!
What would you want to be remembered for?: Helping at least one person – having a positive impact.
Most used app: TikTok or Spotify
What do you do to relax?: Take naps or watch bad movies
Choose a coding language: Python or Java
One food for the rest of your life: Avocado Toast w/egg and hot sauce
What would a documentary about you be about?: Random facts and conspiracy theories
Who would play you?: Saoirse Ronan
What song would you play on repeat?: Texas Sun by Leon Bridges
Who would you switch lives with for a day?: A little kid to experience their joy and not have a lot of responsibility for a day
Ambassador: Kirthi Manivannan
Bio: I am a Senior at Century High School in Rochester, MN. I’ve been involved in Technovation since I was in 8th grade and have participated in appapalooza for 2 years. Now I work as a student ambassador for Technovation Girls Global and a Board Committee Member of Technovation [MN]
Favorite time of day: Early Morning
Country to visit: Kudadoo Maldives
Favorite Websites: gmail.com, google.com, youtube.com
Favorite app: Facetime
Secret talent: I can make my fingers appear old and witch-like since I have double-jointed fingers
Define yourself in three words: goal-oriented, analytical, decisive
Super Power: The power to stop time/ manipulate time
Tech Advice: Embrace your failures when working with technology
Advice to participants: When forming your team, make sure your teammates all have complementary skills so building the app becomes an easier task
What would you like to be remembered for?: My work with middle school girls through my organization called The Wallet Project, and my motive to empower women in underrepresented fields.
Most used app: Snapchat / YouTube
What do you do to relax?: Sit in an oversized bean bag chair, grab my laptop or my favorite book and some blankets
Choose a coding language: Python
One food for the rest of your life:
Pesto Cavatapi pasta – broccoli + tomatoes
What would a documentary about you be about?: The U.S. education system covering flaws from k-12th grade
What actor would play you?: Nayanthara (South Indian Actress)
Song you would play on repeat: My Head & My Heart by Ava Max
Who would you switch lives with for a day? Payal Kadakia Pujji
Ambassador: Thanishka Shetty
Bio: I’m in 9th grade. I go to Mounds View High School. Some of my interests are coding, dance, singing, and business.
Hashtag: #FutureCEO or #WannabeCEO
Favorite time of day: Late evening (11:30 pm – 1 am)
Country to visit: Korea
Favorite Websites: Google, Spotify, SparkNotes
Favorite app: TikTok
Secret talent: I can pick up languages quickly and can speak 5+ languages.
Define yourself in three words: Ambitious, Adaptable, Inquisitive
Super Power: Space-Time Manipulation
Tech Advice: You should always hold yourself to the standard of the person you want to be.
Advice to participants: “Failure is the stepping stone for success. If something goes wrong with your app, your AI or the business side of your project, don’t give up. Take a break, and then start over from the step where everything was fine. Everything will go great!”
What would you like to be remembered for?: For my good work 🙂
Most used app: TikTok / YouTube
What do you do to relax?: Dance and/or sing!
Choose a coding language: Java
One food for the rest of your life: Pizza with specifically bell peppers and onions (optional corn and/or pineapple)
What would a documentary about you be about?: Real-life Murder Mystery documentary
What actor would play you?: Ananya Pandey
Song you would play on repeat: English – How Long by Charlie Puth, Hindi – First Class from Kalank, Korean – Quiet Down by NCT Dream
Who would you switch lives with for a day? Leena Nair as she’s a female, Indian CEO
If you and your team are interested in being interviewed and highlighted by the Ambassador team, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know!