Technovation[MN] announces 2018 Appapalooza details

April 4, 2018 (MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) – Technovation[MN], a Code Savvy non-profit youth program focused on enabling teen girls to learn entrepreneurship skills and how to code mobile apps, today announced details about its annual mobile app pitch event, AppapaloozaTM. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, at the Minneapolis Convention Center and provides Technovation[MN] teams an opportunity to pitch mobile app ideas and business plans to a panel of judges.

“Appapalooza is our largest event of the year and it’s a celebration of the hard work and dedication put forth by everyone involved in the Technovation[MN], especially the girls,” said Shawn Stavseth, co-founder and executive director of Technovation[MN]. “For the fifth year in a row, we have broken our previous participation records and we’re very excited to see the innovative and creative ideas that get pitched at Appapalooza.”

At the time of this release, more than 80 teams of girls are registered for the event, which equates to more than 340 individual participants. Each team follows a 12-week curriculum led by local mentors that teach skills in coding, business planning, design thinking, storytelling and presenting.

“We are expecting a crowd of more than 1,000, and we couldn’t put on this amazing event without the support of our corporate sponsors, individual donors, volunteers, mentors, judges and parents,” said Stavseth.

Technovation[MN] is still looking for local volunteers and judges to assist with Appapalooza. Anyone interested in signing up or making a contribution is encouraged to visit

About Technovation[MN]

Technovation[MN] was formed to bring the global Technovation Challenge to Minnesota. Technovation[MN] enables Minnesota teen girls to dream up, design, code and pitch mobile phone apps by providing information, resources, and encouragement for Minnesota Technovation Challenge teams.

About Iridescent

Technovation, a flagship program of non-profit Iridescent, is the world’s largest global tech entrepreneurship competition for girls. The program offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year, Technovation challenges 10 to 18 year old girls to build a business plan and mobile app that will address a community problem. Since 2009, over 15,000 girls have participated from over 100 countries.

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