Australian #techgirls head to @Technovation to pitch at @Google HQ #SiliconValley #USA #STEM #superheroes

In just under three weeks, the Tech Girls Movement will take three teams of Australian school girls to be part the Global Technovation Challenge. on this adventure, they will pitch the Apps that they built in the 2016 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition and over the summer holidays at Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley.

We are so very proud of our teams of girls who have been invited to share their creations with an international audience and be global Ambassadors for Australia.

Meet our three teams

Reading Republic

Our Sydney-based Primary School team's App Reading Republic encourages kids to read in a child-friendly environment where they can read and write book reviews. It’s an Android app and website that gets kids to review books, take quizzes about the books they’ve read and collect coins that unlock mini-games. The reviews allow kids to get a better understanding of what the book is about and the level of reading difficulty. Reviews can be read, listened to, or even watched, catering for all levels of students.

Reading Republic were featured on ABC TV’s Good Game in 2016  and they were also featured in The Project TV episode this month. You can download their app from the google play store here.

Vocabulary Voyagers

A creation of a Perth-based Secondary School team, Vocabulary Voyagers is a literacy app targeted at primary school students to improve their literacy reading skills in a fun, digital environment. It offers a range of preset spelling lists based on the Australian national curriculum and NAPLAN tests. The app also includes more challenging lists in order to expand children’s vocabulary. Not only does Vocabulary Voyagers improve children’s spelling and vocabulary, but it also features games directed at improving reading comprehension, with an original story. With enjoyable mini games and quirky pirates, the app helps children build a foundation to aid in literacy at a secondary level. 

In 2016 the Vocabulary Voyagers entered Technovation and made it in the top 1% of entries around the world ahead of thousands of teams. Their App has already had 3500 downloads from the Google play store. Get your copy here.


Speechability 


This Brisbane-based Secondary School team worked hard over the summer holidays to build an App to help people with autism find employment. Speechability is a mobile application where people with autism are able to easily locate a variety of nearby jobs that are suitable to their skill and ability level. The jobs that are provided are related to users' interests and hobbies, giving people an opportunity to work in a part time job they will love. Speechability is a not-for-profit organisation and the majority of their profits are going to Autism Queensland to support schooling for autistic children.

We couldn't be more thrilled to work with Technology One and Inspiring Australia to take these teams to the USA for the Technovation Challenge. We will be sharing lots of our adventure with all of you, which starts on the 5th of August, so stay tuned on our social media!