There is one word that describes the girls who participated in the 2020 Technovation Girls Challenge – Perseverance. This was a year of upheaval, of unrest, and unlike anything we have ever experienced in our lifetimes. And yet, they overcame the hurdles of stay-at-home orders, remote school, and having to work independently on a project that is, at its core, about teamwork.
But that is what Technovation Girls, a flagship program of non-profit Technovation, is about. The premise is for girls, ages 10-18, to form small teams of about four or five, identify an issue in their community, build a company based on market research they’ve conducted, and design and develop a mobile app to solve that issue.
In all, 26 teams representing 14 different cities and towns across Massachusetts completed and submitted projects to Technovation Girls. Rhode Island also had five teams complete the Challenge this year. The local teams formed companies that tackle big problems such as climate change, food insecure, and public safety. We were honored to have 13 of those teams participate in our virtual pitch celebration on June 4th.
Each year, teams are typically judged in a regional competition by local judges, and the top scorers move on to the semifinals. This year, there was no regional judging. All submissions were put into a global judging process, where judges all over the world judged and scored each team. This year there were a total of 1,520 submissions from 62 countries. And we are absolutely thrilled to announce that five teams from Technvation Girls MA have moved on to the semifinals: Ecocode, Lady Lancers, Novali, StreetSmarts, and Wonderwhales. Technovation Girls RI also had a team, EGHS Avengers, move on to the semifinals.
The next stop is the World Summit on August 13th – 14th. If you are interested in attending any of this FREE celebration, information can be found here.
If you are interested in learning more about Technovation Girls MA and how you can support us, please contact Sara Fraim.