"TechnovationChallengeisfocused on getting high school girls interested in technology careers and so far we have reached more than 1300 girls in 19 countries. Our unique online curriculum allows us to scale across the US and globally. Via a 12-week program, girls learn to program mobile phone apps that address problems in their communities. The program began in 2010 in Silicon Valley with 45 girls. It has since expanded to Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose in 2011 (232 girls) and 2012 (520 girls).Over the past three years more than 800 high-school girls have programmed 163 mobile phone apps and learned to launch a startup company. 94% of these girls are now interested in a career in technology.
Technovationisnow geared up for global participation. Last year we had teams from Nigeria, Yemen, India, China and the UK and this year we are in planning stages with teams from Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Italy and more. This program which has received tremendous support in the Valley from luminaries such as Padmasree Warrior, CTO Cisco, Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo, Freada Kapor-Klein,Ben Horowitzetc. matches the girls with mentors who are women in professional roles.
Together they work through an onlinecurriculumwhich is similar to a mini-MBA focused on creating an app, by defining a problem, understanding how the app solves the problem, understanding the customer need, market size, competition etc. Thus these girls are exposed to the whole business life cycle of creating a mobile app. At the end of the 12 weeks, the girls participate in a regional pitch competition and then the finalists come to Silicon Valley for the finals pitch competition."