INTERNATIONAL GIRLS PARTICIPATE IN THE
JASON SELLERS Academic Technology Coordinator
The Technovation Challenge is a mobile phone app design competition that partners high school girls with professional women working in tech. At the nd of twelve weeks, the teams pitch their app rototypes, marketing ideas, and business plans to a panel of judges for the funding to have their app rofessionally developed.
This is the first year that International High School has
participated in the competition. Our team members are Alice
Batty, Sara Fay, Amely Joly, Megan Ogburn, and Kaylin Yu,
and their tech mentors are Diane Lu, a Product Specialist
at You Tube, and Ami Vora, a Senior Consultant at Deloitte
On December 12, our Technovation team participated
in a tech company field trip to You Tube, where they met
with Diane and toured the campus. A few highlights of the
tour were seeing full-time baristas; a big, red slide; massage
chairs; a nap station; and a wall covered with framed pictures
of You Tube stars.
“The slide was a bit of a shock,” said Sara Fay. “I was also
in for a shock when I realized that they had a swimming
pool, and free food stations within short distances of each
Next, the girls participated in Hack Day at Dev Boot-camp where they learned how to program an app using App
Inventor, a program developed by MIT for creating apps on
Android devices. They worked with their mentors to program
several apps, including a “crystal ball” app that predicts
someone’s fortune, and a painting app that allows a user to
draw in three colors.
The 2013 challenge is to develop an app that solves a
local problem. Over the fall and winter semesters, the team
has met with their mentors each week to work on developing
their app, and in April, will submit a video pitch and business
plan. If the team is selected as a finalist, the girls will move
on to the Technovation World Pitch event on May 1st, 2013,
where the winning team will receive $10,000 to finalize its
app and release it on the market.