Women Powering Technology has been running Technovation in Ottawa for students aged 10-18 since Jan 2015, and in Toronto since Jan 2017.
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 more than 100 countries.
Over a period of 12 weeks, teams with three to five members, mentored by a women in tech, learn how to develop a concept for an application addressing an issue or need identified in their community, map out a business plan, and create a prototype app, all while learning the basics of marketing and programming.
In Toronto the teams meet in the local high schools and there are occasional meetups in central locations to check in with the teams.
In Ottawa, the teams meet weekly at one of the local high-tech sponsors facilities – IBM, Shopify, Adobe, Pythian,and L-Spark. At the weekly meet ups volunteers from Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management Program (TIM) deliver the curriculum, and guest speakers join to inspire the students on related topics. For more information on the Ottawa program check out the Ottawa website: Technovation Ottawa
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