Technovation challenges girls to become a technology entrepreneur and develop a mobile app prototype that solves a real problem in your local community. Teams of up to 5 girls work together to research, design, and build a mobile app prototype, working with a female mentor in technology or engineering. Then they pitch their apps to prospective investors and receive feedback and ideas from technology industry professionals. Most teams use MIT’s App Inventor to build their prototypes. Since 2010, 5,000 girls from 28 countries have submitted to Technovation, thanks to dedicated volunteers around the world. Girls do not need to have programming experience to participate, and Technovation is free for any girl who wants to participate. This team of girls worked on their prototype over 60 hours from January through April 2016.
This group of five 5th grade students from Billie Stevenson Elementary were inspired to create an app after watching a movie called “Code Girl” about a worldwide competition where young ladies from around the world created an app and competed for funding to make their app a reality.
Competition rules require the girls to have a mentor, a coach and go through a coding class. This group was led by Julie Byrnes (teacher), Keri Rich (Cognizant Technology Solutions) and trained in coding by Sai Chaitanya Batlanki (University of Texas Dallas).
Their prototype named “Green Thumb” was designed by the girls to help bring young people together in their communities to help with all things Green and keep them up to date through a texting feature and social media component. The app keeps students informed about planting days, trash mobs, garden projects, recycling crafts and allows them to share photos of them in action to inspire others to do the same. The app is currently available on the Google Play store. Good luck to the team!
Students pictured are: Riley Singleton , Caroline Robbins, Karma Lopez, Abby Lee and Madison Angelo.