Technovation Challenge 2013 brought teams of high school girls from all over the world to pitch their app ideas and business plans before a panel of judges. This year's challenge encouraged girls to develop an app using App Inventor to solve a problem in their local community. Visit the Technovation site to read about the amazing apps
built this year and to view the winning pitch. News stories
, picked up by major media outlets like ABC News and KTVU News in the Bay area, tell the stories of two of the winning regional teams.
For the 2013 competition, girls were challenged to develop an app that solves a problem in their local community. This could have been a health problem that affects their community, a social problem, or perhaps a lack of a resource.
Over 12 weeks, girls stepped through an online curriculum that helped them develop a potential solution and program a mobile phone application with MIT App Inventor to solve it. They learned how to study their competition, identify ways to gain users, and strategize to earn revenue.
They developed a business plan and pitched their ideas (through video) to a regional online competition.
Regional winners traveled to California to compete at the Technovation World Pitch event on May 2nd, 2013. The winning team
received $10,000 in funding and support to complete app development and release their app on the market.