About

We are
Technovation.

We're entrepreneurs, mentors, and educators looking to teach girls everywhere the skills they need to change the world with technology.

Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year we invite girls to identify a problem in their community, and then challenge them to solve it.

Girls work in teams to build both a mobile app and a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by our curriculum.

Technovation's curriculum takes students through 4 stages of launching a mobile app startup, inspired by the principles of design thinking:

Ideation 
Identify a problem in the community

Technology 
Develop a mobile app solution

Entrepreneurship 
Build a business plan to launch the app

Pitch
Bring the business to market

If current trends continue, by 2018 the information technology industry will only be able to fill half of its available jobs.
-- NCWIT

Engineers are the second largest STEM occupational group, but 1 in 7 engineers is female.
-- US Department of Commerce

Impact

Technovation has a profound impact on students and mentors.

A five year look-back survey of alumni showed that while most students had little or no experience with computer science before Technovation, their experience with Technovation had a powerful effect. After participating in Technovation, participants were more interested in:

  • Computer Science (78%)
  • Entrepreneurship (70%)
  • Business Leadership (67%)

Additionally, after participating in Technovation:

  • 26% of alumnae in college major in CS. This is 65x the national rate of 0.4% of first-year female college students majoring in CS.
  • 58% of alumnae enroll in subsequent Computer Science courses.

Impact on Mentors

One of the first women to graduate from YCombinator was inspired to apply because of her experience as a mentor with Technovation. As it turns out, Technovation helps professional women in some surprising ways.

After volunteering with Technovation1:

  • 58% of mentors increased their technical skills
  • 67% of mentors increased their knowledge about entrepreneurship
  • 70% of mentors learned to be effective mentors

Learn more about Technovation's impact

 

1 "Technovation Lookback Report: A Retrospective Survey of Five Technovation Cohorts (2010-204).

Sponsors

Technovation is proud to be supported by organizations all over the world.

Partners

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Tara Chklovski points out that only seven percent of tech startups are currently being founded by women. Her not-for-profit group Iridescent is urgently redressing this through the fantastic Technovation competition, featured in the movie CodeGirl (check it out on Netflix). Technovation 2016 attracted more than 8,000 entries from girls and young women around the world […] Read More

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Archive

The Technovation Team

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    Madhavi Bhasin

    Senior Director

    Madhavi Bhasin

    Madhavi is excited to design strategy and guide implementation for community projects in developing countries. Her project implementation approach is guided by the Human Centered design – creative problem solving and innovation. She has worked on many different projects related to initiatives for women’s empowerment, youth, and education.

    Madhavi comes from a research background and has a PhD in International Relations from Jadavpur University in India. Her primary area of research was foreign and domestic policies of South Asian countries. She switched from a career in academia to international development as she enjoys the hands-on approach and loves to connect with people.

    Madhavi enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. Her bucket list includes visiting one new country each year!

     
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    Aimee Gardner

    Curriculum Director

    Aimee Gardner

    Aimee comes to Technovation by way of the Computer History Museum, where she worked with teachers around the world to help them engage their students in design thinking and project based learning. She is excited to be a member of the Technovation team where she will support coaches and help women find a path into and become a bigger part of computing history. She holds a BA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA in the same field from the CUNY Graduate Center. She has co-designed seminars around NYC and technology, science, the arts, and the future of New York City and sees places as labs for learning and problem solving.

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    Allie Holmes

    Events and Engagement Director

    Allie Holmes

    Allie grew up in a household that taught her she could do anything if she put her mind to it. Today, she is passionate about helping others believe the same. While studying mathematics and human development at Colby College, Allie focused on volunteering within the community. Upon graduating, she joined City Year as an AmeriCorps member, serving 1,700 hours in a high-need middle school helping to increase the graduation rate. She continued her passion for helping young people as a staff member at City Year, supporting the program through raising money and organizing major events. Allie is excited to work with the Technovation team to empower young women to accomplish anything they put their mind to.

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    Cristal Mojica

    Program Coordinator

    Cristal Mojica

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    Joe Sak

    Software Developer

    Joe Sak

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    Anar Simpson

    Technovation Global Ambassador

    Anar Simpson

    Anar Simpson is a technologist and entrepreneur. She founded Parallel Earth, a start­up which aggregated and curated social media for events. Her career in technology took root in the Oil & Gas industry in Calgary, Canada after which she had several roles in academia with a technology focus until she moved to Silicon Valley. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for U.S. State Department TechWomen program and a member of the advisory board of Wired Differently, a citizen science initiative from MIT. She is the Global Ambassador for Technovation Challenge; a member of the Advisory Board for Resilient Capital, a VanCity initiative; Strategic Advisor for the IIE Centre for Women’s Leadership Initiatives; and was on the Organizing Committee of the C100 which connects Canadian technology entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley. She has also been a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Anar has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Communications from the University of Calgary and has completed the Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

The Iridescent Team

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    Tara Chklovski

    CEO

    Tara Chklovski

    Tara brings STEM content knowledge and executive administration abilities to the effort. She has previously worked as the principal at a 300 student K-6 school in India. She has consistently and cost-effectively doubled Iridescent’s impact every year by heavily relying on technology, synergistic partnerships, rigorous evaluation and volunteers.

    Motto: “Every day, in every way, I’m getting stronger and faster.” – Santilhano

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    Veronica Cavallaro

    COO

    Veronica Cavallaro

    Veronica brings significant international experience in management consulting and organization development through her work with Fortune 100 companies, NGOs and governments around the world. She has worked in the areas of workforce development, information technology, transportation, education and housing. Most recently, she led the research and assessment activities for corporate social responsibility programs at The Boeing Company. She joined Iridescent to support its ambitious scale up plans and help children imagine and invent solutions to build a better world.

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    Wallace Louie

    Sr. Director of Marketing

    Wallace Louie

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    Maggie Jaris

    Communications Manager

    Maggie Jaris

    Maggie helps share Technovation and the stories of its participants with the world. Maggie has been working with Iridescent since 2013.

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    Katie Morton

    Development Coordinator

    Katie Morton

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    Audra Torres

    Designer and Quality Control Manager

    Audra Torres

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    Karla Readshaw

    Business Development Manager

    Karla Readshaw

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    Monica Gragg

    Mentor Community Manager

    Monica Gragg

    Monica believes education should be accessible regardless of a learner’s location, internet connection, or wallet size. This is why she loves eLearning. It connects people to people and people to information that will empower them. She has developed more than 50 online courses and five online schools for adult learners. Monica has lived in seven countries as a student, educator and project manager.

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    Allison Colyer

    Engineering Curriculum Developer

    Allison Colyer

    Alli is a curriculum developer at Iridescent. She started her work for Iridescent in 2014 while she was studying chemical engineering at the Cooper Union in New York City. Since then she's empowered families and children in the Bronx, Queens, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Los Angeles through hands on learning. She uses her experience working with children to make curriculum for Technovation and Curiosity Machine. Her passion for her work stems from her desire to close the achievement gap and give kids everywhere the tools they need to succeed.

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    Angela Hwang

    Engineering Curriculum Developer

    Angela Hwang

    Angela is a curriculum developer for Technovation and Curiosity Machine. She utilizes her research background and science outreach experience to train scientists & engineers to better communicate their work through interactive, hands-on projects. She believes that through hands-on learning, you can understand how something works and why it works. She hopes to inspire and foster problem solving skills in young people so they can tackle any challenge may face.

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    Katy Santa Maria

    Social Media Specialist

    Katy Santa Maria

    Katy believes that powerful work deserves to be shared in a way that is meaningful and can reach even more audiences. That's why she joined Iridescent in June of 2016 as its Communications Intern after similar marketing positions with Planned Parenthood and a Philadelphia-based non-profit called Entrepreneur Works. Today, as Iridescent's Social Media Specialist, Katy has the joy of continuing to share Technovation and Curiosity Machine's stories to the thousands of learners already involved and to the millions more who may one day join us to "imagine, invent, and engineer."

Board of Directors

Technovation is a program of Iridescent, a 501c3 non-profit. Iridescent creates and delivers powerful science, engineering and technology education to help underprivileged young people develop curiosity, creativity and perseverance.