Technovation Challenge: Mentoring the Next Generation of Inventors
Posted by: Lucia Giacomantonio
At Edmodo, we love to see students engage with technology both inside and outside the classroom and that’s why we were excited about this year’s Technovation Challenge.
The Technovation Challenge is a non-profit after-school program that encourages girls in high school to explore careers in technology and entrepreneurship. The challenge consists of a nine-week program in which the high school girls work in teams, led by a high-tech professional female mentor, to design a mobile Android app prototype and write a business plan for their app.
Our very own COO, Crystal Hutter, participated this year by coaching the teams through their practice pitches and providing feedback before tonight’s main event where the teams will present the Android app prototypes they designed and pitch their business plan to a panel of venture capitalists and industry leaders. The winner of tonight’s regional competition will move on to the National Pitch night where the overall winner will have their app professionally developed and distributed on the Google Android Marketplace.
What an amazing opportunity for these young girls to not only learn about basic programming and development, but to also gain an appreciation for engineering and math, insight into technology career paths and how to start a business. Best of luck to all the girls presenting tonight, we’re looking forward to hearing about the great apps you’ve designed!