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Technovation Girls Challenge 2021

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted February 5, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on March 11, 2021
Technovation Girls 2021 logo
Technovation Girls 2021 logo

We're girls, mentors, and educators working together to learn and apply technology skills to change the world. Join the movement.

We welcome any girl or young woman, all transgender people and also those who identify as non-binary or gender nonconforming and want to be part of a female-identified environment, including student participants.

Our mission is to reach and welcome students and mentors who may not otherwise be able to learn and build technology due to racial, economic, social, and cultural barriers and discrimination.

Our programs run in over 100 countries with historical and existing biases against women and other underrepresented genders, in particular.

Additionally, Technovation Girls is proud to provide girls and students with identity-reaffirming role models so they can see themselves in technology careers.

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Technovation Girls is a free technology-based program for girls ages 10 - 18.

Working in teams (of 1 to 5), girls find a problem in their community and build a mobile app to help solve it. Along the way, they develop their collaboration, problem-solving, and leadership skills.

Each team will need up to five girls (ages 10 to 18), a safe place to meet, a laptop with internet, and a smartphone or tablet.

As a student you will:
a) Identify a problem that matters to your community.
b) Learn to code an app that solves the problem, and develop other skills along the way!
c) Collaborate with peers and learn from industry mentors.
d) You will be placed in the Junior Division if you will be 14 years or younger on August 1st, 2021. You will be placed in the Senior Division if you will be between 15 and 18 by August 1st, 2021.

Competition Divisions are based on the age of the oldest student on the team.

Technovation Girls will take 30+ hours to complete (we recommend allocated about 12 weeks to finish) and is completely free.

Student Participation criteria:
1. All students must be between the ages of 10 to 18 as of August 1, 2021.
2. All students must identify as female, trans, nonbinary or gender nonconforming. Students who are assigned male at birth and self-identify as male cannot enter the competition.
3. Teams are composed of 1 to 5 students. Students can only join 1 team.
4. Teams can explore the same problem, but the app prototype must be different each year.

Adults (men and women) willing to support teams and walk them through the curriculum can register as a mentor.

There is no limit on the number of mentors per team.

Students can participate in Technovation Girls for multiple seasons until they reach the age of 18.

Technovation Girls is a self-select program and there is no application / selection process.

Registration Deadline (Students and Mentors): March 12, 2021 at 23:59 UTC.
The last day to formally register a team.

We recommend starting your project the soonest the possible!

Submission Deadline: April 19, 2021 at 23:59 UTC

Each winner (2 Divisions) gets USD$10,000 and a paid trip to San Francisco, USA.

For more information please visit

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Feb 05
Feb 05

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse and its website

Jill Langhus
Feb 06
Feb 06

I love the Technovation challenge. Thanks for sharing, Ana.