Technovation girls contest gets boost from $435K Google grant

Technovation, a tech-entrepreneurial contest for girls, said today that it has received a $435,000 grant from Google. The announcement comes as the annual program, now in its fifth year, begins taking applications. Also new this year: prizes for middle-school and university-level applicants. Previously, the global program was open only to high-school students.

The three-month challenge — which calls for girls (with the help of mentors) to develop apps that solve real-world problems, write business plans and pitch their ideas to potential investors — is a program by Iridescent, a non-profit organization that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. Iridescent has received government grants as well as funding from tech companies. But the $435,000 Google grant is specifically for Technovation, program director Samantha Quist said in a phone interview.

Bay Area students were among the finalists for a $10,000 prize last year. Iridescent founder and CEO Tara Chkvlovski told us then that 600 girls from 19 different countries submitted 115 entries for the challenge. The winner, chosen by tech-professional judges, was a team of three New York City students who created a school attendance check-in app.

This year, the high-school winners will receive $10,000, while the middle-school and university winners will receive $5,000 each. The deadline for registration is March 1.


Photo: Tran Pham, Diana Pham, Linda Pham, Alejandra Gomez and Lorena Alarcon from Yerba Buena High School in San Jose present Pinpoint Green, their eco-friendly app, at Technovation’s South Bay Regional Pitch event in 2012. (Courtesy of Technovation)


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  • RussellL

    Never see Apple doing something like this.