Technovation, a flagship program of the Non-Profit Iridescent, the world’s largest global 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 10-18 year old girls to build a business plan and mobile application that will address a community problem. Since 2009, over 15,000 girls have participated from over 100 countries.
To learn more about Technovation Challenge, please visit www.technovationchallenge.org
Who can Participate?
Technovation Windsor-Essex is open to teams of up to 5 girls between the ages 10-18. It is further divided into a junior division, grades 6-8 and a senior division, grades 9-12.
Is there a Cost to Participate?
Technovation is free for all participants.
Connecting Windsor-Essex collaborates with the area school boards to encourage school aged girls to join the challenge. Over a 12 week period the teams are matched with female mentors to learn how to develop a concept for an application addressing an issue or need identified in their community, map a business plan and create a prototype app, all while learning the basics of marketing and programming.
Ideally all girls on team should be from the same school, and have a sponsoring teacher who can help facilitate organizing the team. The teams will meet as a group weekly where volunteer mentors from the University of Windsor, St Clair College, and the Tech Industry deliver the curriculum. Technovation is an annual challenge with registration open from September to December. The weekly meetups run January to April.
What is involved in the Submission
- App source code (can be developed in Android, iOS or Windows)
- Up to a 4 minute pitch video (upload to youtube or vimeo and share the link)
- Business Plan (pdf, for senior divisions only)
- Team photo (with mentor and teacher included)
- 100 word app description
The teams will meet as a group weekly where volunteer mentors from the University of Windsor, St Clair College or the Tech industry will deliver the curriculum. The meet ups will be held at locally sponsored venues, and libraries.
To Get Involved
If you are interested In volunteering with Technovation Windsor-Essex:
If you are interested in registering a team with Technovation Windsor-Essex:
Please provide the following information.
At the end of the program there is a local pitch competition, where teams pitch their businesses to local judges and compete for prizes. The top Windsor-Essex teams move on to semi final globally, where they have a chance to win a spot in the top 10 to pitch in California.
Week 1: Get going with App Inventor and brainstorm a new business
Week 2: Learn about data and how to do market research
Week 3: Conditional Logic and how to build a brand
Week 4: Calling external applications and building a business model
Week 5: Prototyping and more in-depth business model
Week 6: Explore conditional coding resources and create a logo and visuals
Week 7: Marketing plans and learn about pitch and demo videos
Week 8: Pitch video tips and techniques
Week 9: Components of a Business Plan
Week 10: Troubleshooting apps, how to produce demo videos
Week 11: Finalize app, business plan and demo videos. Practice pitching
Week 12: Final deliverables and submission
Registration for the 2019 season
Please contact Angela Demario at Connecting Windsor-Essex for any information.