Technovation (external link) is a global tech education nonprofit organization.
Technovation Girls (external link) allows girls across the world to use technology to solve problems in their lives and their community. While the program is competitive, it encourages girls to collaborate, build community, and reflect on their learning journey.
The Toronto Chapter
Our Toronto chapter covers the greater Toronto area for girls in the junior and senior divisions. We help girls form teams, connect them with mentors, and host workshops and other events to support everyone throughout the Technovation challenge. (external link) We ran the 2023 season in a hybrid format, with online sessions for discussing content, and in-person sessions for teams to work together.
We are very pleased to report that 5 Toronto teams, including one team shared with the Waterloo chapter, advanced to the semifinals (external link) of the Technovation global competition.
Girls learn to:
- identify a problem in their community.
- create an app to address the problem.
- pitch their ideas.
- develop a business plan.
Roles in Technovation Girls
Girls between the ages of 8 and 18 form teams, in different divisions, to compete in the Technovation Challenge. Our Toronto chapter supports girls in the junior division (ages 13-15) and senior division (ages 16-18).
Mentors guide the girls through the development of their apps and their businesses.
Speakers present at virtual workshops to help the girls through the ideation, tech and business curriculum.
Coaches provide feedback to teams during in-person sessions. These are folks who are interested in supporting the program but have less free time in their calendars. The time commitment is about 2 hours per session.
Judges assess submissions from teams and offer feedback.
Sponsors help support the program and enhance the experience for the girls.
Chapter ambassadors build the Technovation communities in their area by recruiting participants and organizing events. The ambassador for Technovation Girls Toronto is Dr. Emily Agard from SciXchange at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Student ambassadors (external link) are Technovation Girls alumnae who have been selected to act as a champion of Technovation Girls in their region. SAs help recruit students to participate in Technovation Girls, and offer support to teams throughout the season.
If you are interested in supporting our chapter as a mentor, speaker, coach or judge, please visit the applicable page on this site for more information and to register as a volunteer.