Overview of the program
The search for the next Tech Girl Superhero began in 2014, We invited girls from around Australia to send us their ideas on what kind of App they would like to build. We had 18 entries and the winner in 2014 was Sarah Price from Melbourne Girls Grammar who created the App called ‘Positive Penguins’ which helps young people build resilience and self-confidence
Then in 2015 our program grew to 132 girls across Australia and we adopted the Technovation curriculum as a STEM entrepreneurship program to help guide the distance in our program to find a problem in their local community they would like to solve, to design a solution for that, to build a prototype for that solution and to pitch it to the public.
The winning team in 2015 was Team ‘Paws Out’ from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School. They created the App called ‘Paws Out’ which connects hectic dog owners with teenagers who need exercise
In 2016 we took ‘Paws Out‘ to San Francisco to join the Technovation Challenge to pitch their App at the University of San Francisco. Then in 2016 the program grew more than 400% and we had just over 500 girls participate across Australia and we introduced a Primary and a Secondary School category. We had entries from five states across Australia, and 110 mentors where matched with the 130 Teams that participated.
In 2015 we had one showcase event at QUT Hosted by the Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch, and we had 250 attendees including girls showing the Apps they built, and parents and teachers coming together with industry to meet them and see them pitch. This grew to four showcases events in 2016 in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, and Melbourne and we plan to have one showcase in every capital city in 2017.
In March 2017, we also launched in New Zealand across the North and South Islands to more than 400 students, and we have many teams signed up now to compete with our Australian teams!