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
In Australia and New Zealand, the Tech Girls Movement are the Regional Ambassadors for the global Technovation Challenge. We run our program from March to Septmeber, and teams are invited to submit their app to the global Technovation Challenge by April the following year.
We use Technovation's curriculum, adapted for the Australian and New Zealand audience. This site aims to guid educators to implement the 12-week entrepreneurship program either within the competition time frames, or within the classroom at any time. Some of our innovative teachers have put it into subjects such as geography.
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).