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 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 - Take 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.
Engineers are the second largest STEM occupational group, but 1 in 7 engineers is female.
-- US Department of Commerce
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
1 "Technovation Lookback Report: A Retrospective Survey of Five Technovation Cohorts (2010-204).
The Technovation Team
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!
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.
Events and Engagement Director
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.
Technovation Global Ambassador
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
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
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.
Maggie helps share Technovation and the stories of its participants with the world. Maggie has been working with Iridescent since 2013.
Director of Video Production
Cris Meira has more than 10 years of experience in the Movie Industry. He started his career in the post-production of commercials and music video in São Paulo, Brazil. He moved to Los Angeles to learn new visual effects techniques and software at the Gnomon School School of Visual Effects. In Los Angeles, he also worked on the visual effects of different Hollywood movies at Post Mango Studio. Although his expertise is Compositing/VFX, Cristiano has a diverse skill set that ranges from camera shooting to editing and post production (color correction, animations and compositing). He is now based in San Francisco, where he is responsible for Iridescent‘s Video Department, supporting the organization’s growth by communicating the work of scientists and engineers to children and promoting organization programs through videos.
Board of Directors
Technovation is proud to be supported by organizations all over the world.
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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.