Technovation is an mobile app-design competition designed for girls across the world to develop technology and entrepreneurship skills. Participants compete in the college, high school, or middle school divisions. Finalists in the 2014 Technovation Challenge gathered in Silicon Valley for the “World Pitch” to present their apps. In the university division, a team from Canada developed an app called Crop2Community that connects consumers with food producers in Calgary. A high school team in the U.S. worked on the app SecretPigeon that helps teenagers send SOS messages to friends or family to escape from dangerous social situations.

Technovation prompts its participants to be creators of technology and work on an app that directly addresses a community issue. Beginning coders use MIT App Inventor to develop their first apps, collaborate in a team of students with college or high school mentors, take tech company field trips, attend app design workshops, and make business plans for their final products. Registration for Technovation 2016 is rolling. Interested competitors must create an account at the Technovation website and attach themselves to a team. The deadline for Technovation submissions is April 21, 2016 at 5pm PST. For more information, visit http://www.technovationchallenge.org/?page=1.