Be part of the change! Technovation Girls equips youth (girls, non-binary and trans) ages 10-18 with the skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. With the support of volunteer mentors, students work in teams to code mobile apps that address real-world problems they've identified.
Learn more about Technovation Girls.
Women in Computer Science Outreach oversees the Waterloo chapter of Technovation Girls. The chapter includes students from Cambridge, Elmira, Guelph, Kitchener, London, Stratford and Waterloo and their surrounding townships:
For more details, please download the Technovation Girls Overview Presentation (~1.4 MB PowerPoint presentation).
Stay tuned for details about the upcoming season by visiting the Technovation Challenge website, linked here: www.technovationchallenge.org
Technovation Girls equips youth (girls, non-binary and trans) ages 10-18 with the skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. With the support of volunteer mentors, students work in teams to code mobile apps that address real-world problems they've identified.
Registrants will have access to the online curriculum, put together by Technovation Girls, that students will work through over the course of the program.
Technovation Girls Waterloo is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and community partners. Join us by getting involved in Technovation Girls.
Become a volunteer
Technovation Girls need many volunteers to make things happen (all folks welcome). People like you!
As a mentor, your primary role is to be a project manager for your team. Helping your team:
The three facets of a mentor are someone who helps with:
You don’t have to be an expert, but able to help the girls find solutions to their problems. Technical and non-technical mentors welcome.
|~ 2-3 hours a week|
|Coach||Coaches provide feedback to teams in a one-on-one setting at designated workshops. These are folks who are interested in supporting the program but have less free time in their calendars.||2-4 hours a month|
|Speaker||Refining existing content or creating your own you can teach at organised workshops. A subject matter expert on the topic for which they’re speaking on.||~15 min per presentation (+ prep time)|
|Judge||Judges review submissions from teams, offer feedback and encourage teams to keep building. This helps strengthen team pitches for the global competition.||
30 minutes for training on evaluating submissions +
~3 hours for reviewing submissions
Become a community partner
Technovation Girls is funded through support from local companies. The partnership varies between companies and will look a little different in the 2021-2022 season. Partners can:
- Host a workshop, which includes providing an instructor and some coaches. Multiple companies can host together.
- Engage staff to be mentors to work with teams.
- Provide laptops (ones near retirement are welcome) for students who don't have access to a machine for the season.
- Pay for internet packages for students who need access to the internet during the season.
- Fund T-shirts for the girls and other swag.
- Offer prizes. Consider experiences for the girls, like tours of local companies, automatic acceptance into a youth developer program, or a summer internship. We’re open to ideas!
Spread the word
You can help Technovation Girls by spreading the word throughout the community! Spread the word within your place of work with colleagues and to parents.
Regional Pitch Event
At the conclusion of each season, teams pitch their apps to a panel of judges. The judges will provide feedback and score the teams based on pre-determined criteria; top scoring teams are able to move on to become semi-finalists. Semi-finalists have their submissions reviewed once again to select a team to move on to the Global Pitch Event.
Find out more about the judging process.
The results from first round of judging are in. Take a look at the semi-finalists from the 2021 season.
For questions about registration, submissions, the curriculum and the program please read the Technovation Challenge FAQ.
Our community partners
With thanks and gratitude to our community partners for their support and sponsorship!
CodeGirl is a documentary from 2015 about the Technovation Challenge. It tells the story of a number of high school aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in a thrilling, heartfelt documentary.
Go to codegirlmovie.com to find out how you can rent or buy the documentary.