Global initiative created in 2009 with the aim of increasing female participation in the technological field, in which women represent only 30% of workers. Every year, Technovation Girls Catalonia invites teams of girls (10-18 years old) to learn and apply the skills that are necessary to solve real problems by creating a mobile application.
Audience and Educational Framework
Through a mentoring process that takes place within the classroom or as an after-school activity, the participants work on solving a problem. They work individuallly or in groups (from 1 to 5 participants) with the assistance of a teacher and/or an external mentor.
The process begins with the detection of a specific and local problem to which the participants want to contribute a solution; the participants are inspired by the SDGs. Different possible solutions are designed and the one you want to develop is selected, preparing a market study or survey.
Later, the solution is programmed with MIT's App Inventor and, in parallel, a business plan is designed (written in the case of participants over 14 years of age). The graphic image and the sales elements of the product are also designed.
The didactic sequence is:
Empathize with the community and learn about their needs and problems to develop a technological solution
- Team building and finding mentor or team.
- Define a problem
- Analyze the market
- Problem Statment
- Minimum Viable Product
- Paper Prototype
Create an app that solves it
- Decide with which program we will develop the app: App Inventor or Thunkable.
- Algorithms and pseudo-code
- Events and Handlers
- Database and functions
Entrepreneurship I: Define the values and mission of the company and design the brand.
- Business and Mission Statement
- Brand design: app name
- Screens (2-6 screenshots)
Entrepreneurship II: SENIOR CATEGORY ONLY
Write a business plan:
- Executive Summary
- Company description
- Description of the product / services
- Market analysis
- Strategy and implementation
- Financial plan and projection
The result is the functional prototype of an APP and a marketing and communication plan.
Participants also prepare a pitch video, where they present their product i how this product can success into the real market.
1. Pitch Video (3-5 minutes)
2. App Name & 100-Word Description
3. Team photo and summary
4. Source Code
5. 2-6 App Screenshots
6. Senior Division only: 5-Page Business plan PDF
Computer, mobile device, App Inventor
(where and how the practice was implemented)
The implementation figure refers only to Spain, although the program was implemented in more than 110 countries during 2019. It is an experience aimed exclusively at girls (in women) because it seeks to stimulate them towards scientific careers.
Participants realize that they are able to develop the solution to a known problem and to do so using technology. They also note that they have the ability to program an APP and to make a prototype work that they can present publicly.
For some of them, it is difficult because the materials are in English, but learning to use translators.
The mentors provide positive and critical feedback on the work done and this is very significant for the participants.
The evaluation of the works is based on a rubric that is common to all the participants from the different countries. The organizing team works so that the interactions are sincere, honest, assertive and also critical.
Educational material/resources (file/URL) accompanying the practice
When registered, students and mentors have free access to the complete curriculum
Videos made by some Technovation participants and alumni. Search the playlist for what you need to learn.
this is rubric for evaluation. It is presented to the students at the very beginning of the education practice.