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Technovation Challenge

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Describe the Activity: 

Technovation's curriculum helps girls develop the skills needed to ideate, build, and pitch an app that addresses the problems facing their communities. The curriculum options last either 12 or 20 weeks (January – April) before the submission deadline at the end of April.

Girls work in teams to build both a mobile app and a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by our curriculum. Technovation's curriculum takes students through 4 stages of launching a mobile app startup, inspired by the principles of design thinking:

  • Ideation: Identify a problem in the community
  • Technology: Develop a mobile app solution
  • Entrepreneurship: Build a business plan to launch the app
  • Pitch: Bring the business to market

A five-year look-back survey of alumni showed that while most students had little or no experience with computer science before Technovation, their experience with Technovation had a powerful effect. After participating in Technovation, participants were more interested in:

  • Computer Science (78%)
  • Entrepreneurship (70%)
  • Business Leadership (67%)

In the spring, there are regional pitch events. Keep up to date at

Time Details: 

Registrations for the Technovation 2018 season will open on October 4, 2017. You can sign up for their newsletter to receive registration information and season updates:

Cost Details: 

Free to use curriculum and enter the challenge

People Details: 

Teams consist of up to five girls (ages 10-18) and should meet regularly to work through the curriculum.

Prize Details: 

Both the junior and senior divisions offer cash prizes for the grand prize team (1), finalist teams (5), and runner-up teams (6). The cash value is greater for each prize in the senior division because of the added components to the challenge.

Outcome of the Activity: 
Students will ideate, build, and pitch a mobile app that addresses a problem facing their community.
Activity Address: 
United States
39° 55' 6.3372" N, 75° 8' 11.958" W
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