Technovation is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. Through an intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams of young women work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” businesses to investors.
Technovation Teachers coordinate teams of up to five young women to work with female professional mentors to come up with an app idea, conduct user research, create a business plan, design an app, and develop a prototype. Experienced professionals in the technology and business sectors judge the apps and provide feedback to the teams.
The 2014 program challenges young women to develop an app to solve a real problem in their community. Because Technovation’s curriculum teaches both technology and entrepreneurship, the program is accessible for beginner computer science students yet still challenging for advanced students and even adults.
The BCA Technovation teams won a
Judge’s Award at the 2014 competition.