40-60 hours: 4 guided hours per week from Jan through Apr 2016
Be a Student
Become a technology entrepreneur and develop a mobile app prototype that solves a real problem in your local community. Teams of up to 5 girls work together to research, design, and build a mobile app prototype, working with a female mentor in technology or engineering. Then they pitch their apps to prospective investors and receive feedback and ideas from technology industry professionals. Most teams use MIT’s App Inventor to build their prototypes. Learn more: watch a few interviews with alumnae
No prior coding or app development experience is necessary.
Be a Technovation Coach
Technovation Coaches are school teachers, parents, or community leaders. They recruit teams of girls to participate in the program, provide a safe space with internet access where they can work, coordinate with the mentors, and supervise the girls through their Technovation journey.
Technovation Coaches who are also school teachers often supervise their teams in the classroom after school. Some teachers have also incorporated Technovation’s curriculum into their classroom work. Technovation’s curriculum is based on the ISTE student standards of technology.
No prior coding or app development experience is necessary to be a coach.
Be a Mentor
Mentors are professional and postgraduate women who feel comfortable learning new technologies and are passionate about helping girls become leaders. Girls look to their mentors as role models on how to overcome obstacles during and after their Technovation journey. Some mentors choose to work in teams to provide complementary skill sets for the girls.
Mentors are not expected to know have all the answers. Instead, they learn with their teams and help them to persevere when they encounter difficulties. Mentors can guide the teams through the problem-solving process, and afterwards, girls will be more confident overcoming similar challenges by themselves in the future.
No prior coding or app development experience is necessary to be a mentor.
Be a Regional Ambassador
Regional Ambassadors may be community leaders, technology leaders, or parents. They volunteer to recruit teams of young women, coaches, and/or mentors to participate and coordinate local Technovation events.
Are you interested in being a regional ambassador for your area? Start by reading through the Starter Kit and recruiting teams of students from your area. If you expect to be able to recruit at least 10 teams from your region, please apply to be the official Regional Ambassador for your community. Official regional ambassadors are listed on the About page and have access to special trainings, marketing materials, registration counts, and other resources from the Technovation team.
Be a Donor
Technovation is a program of Iridescent, a 501c3 organization.
We use donations to run hack days, promote the program to girls, pay for the finalists’ travel to World Pitch in Silicon Valley, award prize money to winning apps, cover administrative costs, and more.
Inspire More Girls in Your Community
Plan an Event.
Organize a Girls Make Apps Workshop in your community to get everyone excited about Technovation before the season begins (or in the first few weeks!)
Start a Club.
Start a Technovation Club at your school and organize field trips to businesses, do brainstorming projects for the upcoming season, and invite guest speakers to talk.
Check out our Recruiting Tips for more ideas about getting your girls excited. The program works best when a minimum of 3-5 teams compete from each school.
Get Your Community Ready for Technovation.
Read the Starter Kit and learn how to bring Technovation to your schools and communities.