Technovation is a worldwide competition in which young girls solve real-world problems using technology.  It is a great opportunity to learn to code, as well as develop your entrepreneurship skills.

Why was Technovation created?

The goal is to encourage more young women to go into the technology sector. Far too few women are pursuing careers in technology. At my school, in a digital tech class of over 20 students, there are only one to two girls.

The technology industry is booming, and it will be for a long time, but us girls need role models in the sector that we can look up to. If only a narrow range of views are being represented, the tech industry will continue to lack the diversity that it needs.

My experience with Technovation

I have spent the last few months working with my amazing Technovation team, Code Yellow. Shout out to Irena, Tiffany, Fernanda, and our two wonderful mentors, Ahlam and Shahne! Throughout this short time, we have developed an app called Mindscape, which targets mental health issues in New Zealand secondary school students.

Over this short period of time, we have all learnt how to code, how to put together a business plan and most importantly we have learnt how to pitch our ideas to a wide range of people in a way that captures their interest.

As I am writing this, I am on a plane back to Welly after attending the New Zealand division Technovation pitch event held in Auckland. We learnt so many new things from 12 teams of brilliant young girls who presented the app that they had been working on. It was a great chance for us to develop confidence with public speaking, especially since everyone there was so supportive.

Go for it!

If you are considering pursuing a career in technology, Technovation is perfect for you. Even if you are only interested in the business and innovation aspect, you should definitely sign up; Every team needs a CEO. Technovation is a wonderful opportunity, so I say go for it!

https://technovationchallenge.org/get-started/

Jessica is a year 13 student from Wellington. She enjoys physics, canoe polo and trying new things.

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