from Iridescent Inspires Young Women to Innovate and Lead
- High School — $10,000 went to a high school team from Zapopan, Mexico for its mobile app, OOL, which connects would-be volunteers with local organizations that most need their help.
- Middle School — Students from Redwood City, California received $10,000 in seed funding for Loc8Don8, an app that simplifies the process of finding donation centers for a variety of materials.
“Technovation is all about helping young women develop a diverse set of skills such as critical thinking, initiative, adaptability, and grit that will prepare them to become leaders and problem solvers,” said Tara Chklovski, founder and CEO, Iridescent. “Only .4% of first year female college students major in computer science.
Yet, through our technology entrepreneurship program exclusively for girls and support from female mentors, an overwhelming 70% of the 10,000 Technovation alumnae are more interested in entrepreneurship and 58% have gone on to study computer science. We look forward to see those numbers continue to rise as more young women enter STEM careers.”
About the 2016 World Pitch Summit
- This year, 18 student alumni (now ambassadors) and 40 master educators from around the world joined the finalists at the summit. They also went through intensive training on how to lead the Technovation Program in their communities and support girls through the Technovation curriculum.
- Keynote speakers: Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO, GoldieBlox; Anu Tewary, director of Product Management, Intuit, and founder of the Technovation Challenge; Drew Houston, CEO and co-founder, Dropbox
- Summit sponsors: Adobe, Intuit, Salesforce, USF, Yahoo!
- During the weeklong visit, finalists attended program workshops and heard speakers at Autodesk, Facebook, Intuitive Surgical, Microsoft, and Twitter.
- Technovation is free to women ages 10-18 and includes an open computer science curriculum taught by nearly 3,000 mentors and coaches worldwide.
- Since 2009, over 1,700 mobile apps have been created by Technovation participants.
- Technovation program and students are featured in CODEGIRL, the award-winning documentary from Leslie Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman).
- Two of the Technovation 2015 teams presented their apps to President Obama at the White House Science Fair in May 2016.
Iridescent is a science, engineering and technology education not-for-profit organization that empowers underrepresented children to become self-motivated learners and inventors. Since 2006, more than 60,000 children, parents, mentors, and educators have participated in its two global programs - Technovation, the world’s largest global tech entrepreneurship competition, and Curiosity Machine, a unique, open-ended, project-based learning program that inspires students, families, and teachers to solve science and engineering problems together.
Iridescent has proudly trained more than 3,500 engineers and scientists to develop design challenges and/or mentor students and families, and received the prestigious 2015 Excellence in Mentoring award, a US2020 White House Initiative.