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About 1,500 girls from around the globe developed
362 mobile apps in 2014, making Technovation the
largest global technology entrepreneurship
programme for girls, it was learnt on Monday.
Technovation is a mobile software development
competition specifically meant for the girl-child, and
is currently open for registration. The mission of
Technovation is to empower young women to use
technology to make the world a better place.
To further encourage the girl-child into adopting the
use of technology, Technovation representative in
Nigeria, Mrs. Martha Alade, said the Technovation
2015 challenge was now open to secondary school
girls between the ages of 10 and 18 who would
work in teams of five to develop mobile apps,
conduct market research, write business plans and
create a pitch for funding.
“Each team is expected to work with a classroom
teacher in their school and a female mentor/role
model from a technology industry. Teams will
compete in one of two divisions: middle school or
high school,” Alade said.
She said the age of the oldest girl on the team would
determine the team’s division, noting that top-
ranked teams from each division would qualify to
travel to San Francisco for the World Pitch.
“Technovation makes travel scholarships available
to the finalist teams who cannot cover the travel
costs on their own. At World Pitch, one winner from
the middle school category will be selected to win $
10,000, and one winner from the high school
category will win $10,000,” the Technovation
representative in Nigeria said.
Alade added that Technovation’s mission was to
motivate and educate girls and women to solve
real-world problems through technology, inspiring
girls to see themselves not just as users of
technology, but as inventors, designers, builders,
and entrepreneurs in the industry.
The ambassador for Technovation, California, Ms.
Anar Simpson, who spoke through a
teleconferencing platform, said that Nigeria had
been successful in Technovation in the past two
years.
Simpson said that for Nigerian young girls to
continue on the success pace, they should remain
focused and be confident.
She added that the young girls should be able to
identify problems and create the right apps to solve
them.
“Technovation is a technology entrepreneurship
programme and competition for young women.
Through its intensive three-month, 50-hour
curriculum, teams of young women work together to
imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then
pitch their ‘’startup’’ businesses to judges,”
Simpson said.
Technovation officially runs as a three-month
programme beginning in January and ending on the
submission deadline of April 23, 2015.
According to a statement it made available to our
correspondent, the girls are taught life skills such
as how to identify a problem, design and test a
solution, collaborate with a team, and communicate
to different audiences.
“It reinforces the following academic concepts:
digital representation of information, algorithmic
thinking and programming, and the societal impact
of information and Information Technology.
“Over this period, girls will be trained two hours a
week to develop a potential solution to a problem
and programme a mobile phone application to solve
it. The app must solve a problem in their local
community,” the statement read.
“They will learn how to study the market, analyse
competitors, identify ways in which they can gather
user feedback and earn revenue. A teacher will
guide each team from their school and a female
mentor from the high-tech industry to support and
act as a role model for her team,” it added.

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