Congratulations to the 13 finalists of the 2014 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero!

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2014 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero. We are excited to announce the 13 finalists. The winner will be announced on the 5th of December. Stay tuned! 

Cyber Bullying and Safety

Jodie-Lee (age 12, from Moura State School) wants to develop a system to combat bullying both online and in the schoolyard.  Online and off, through her system kids can alert a teacher or supervisor when they need help to solve a problem.

Lana (age 13, from Taroona High School) takes a different approach to combat bullying. She wants to create a resource that helps kids build resilience and confidence to help them cope with social conflict at school and in the wider world.

Amrita (age 10, Whitsunday Anglican School) wants to develop a fun website where kids can play games and puzzles to learn about communication and cyber safety both online and off.  Her site will even include a blog to directly respond to children’s questions and concerns and will give advice for those who find themselves in an unsafe situation online. 

Taynah and her friends (Katzcove, mlyssa181,Techyminer all age 10, from Whitsunday Anglican School) are the Terrific Trio.  and together they want to harness the popularity and fun of Minecraft to teach online social awareness. Built out of a Minecraft Adventure Map, their games will help kids learn how to avoid cyber bullying and interact positively in a digital age.

Lisa (age 9, from Whitsunday Anglican School) wants to develop an online community where kids can find information, ask questions, recount their stories, and engage in discussion to learn how to deal with cyber bullying.  Her website also includes games, puzzles, and colouring competitions for kids to get creative and have fun.

Georgia (age 13, from Clayfield College) has designed an app to help kids literally not let offensive messages get to them. Her phone app, Bully Buster, allows kids to block communications based on a language filter. Additionally, it provides information and tips for kids and parents to help stop bullying.

Personal Wellbeing

Sara (age 12, Melbourne Girls Grammar) is the creator of the Positive Penguins, an app that helps children to understand and challenge negative thinking.  Through the app, children build the resilience and self-reflection they need to cope with the anxieties they face at school.

Alyssa (age 10, from Emerald North State School) wants to encourage healthy eating and awareness of home-grown natural resources through gardening.  She wants to develop a website where kids can learn about medicinal herbs, gardening, and making healthy choices.

Mia (age 9, MLC Sydney) wants to create  a simulation-style game to encourage kids to make healthy, happy, and responsible choices. Aptly named The Well Beings, her app will feature an avatar to look after and rewards for navigating through the decisions surrounding school, family, and health.

Emilie (age 17, from Dickson College) knows that girls too often struggle with body image at the cost of their health and well being.  Her app, Beauty is only a PhotoShop Layer Deep will show girls unaltered photos to prove that the way women are portrayed in the media is not the reality.  Additionally the app will provide style tips, eating, exercise, and support resources to help girls look after themselves and improve their body confidence the healthy way.

Brianna and Elysia (age 11, from Whitsunday Anglican School) want to preserve both our environment and the community spirit in this increasingly digital world.  Their website will provide news, activities, and information on cleaning up and caring for our communities and country.

School Experience

Jaycia (age 12, Binjour Plateau State School) wants kids to be able to improve their school experience through a survey style app.  Her app will allow teachers to keep up with their students’ thoughts and feedback, as well as provide a safe and comfortable platform for kids to discuss problems with their teachers when they don’t feel able to talk face-to-face.

Kerrie (age 15, from Narrabundah College) knows that students often struggle to manage their homework, and she has a solution to help keep kids motivated.  Her homework organiser app, My Dog Ate My Homework, turns study into an achievement-earning game: a virtual pet’s happiness depends on study done, and points earned are spent to look after and even customise the pet.

We are very excited to offer you the following prizes!

  • An honorary position as a prestigious 2015 Tech Girls Movement Ambassador

  • Their own personalised superhero avatar (like Jewella  in the book)

  • Input to the building of the virtual Tech Girls Superhero Academy and exclusive virtual access to the Hackathon on the 6/7th of December (more details to follow) and other events in 2015

  • An awesome #techgirls prize pack with a personalised signed copy of Tech Girls Are Superheroes and Tech Girls Are Chic! and some super cool superhero gear!

  • Personalised mentoring in 2015 by one of the Tech Girls Are Superheroes featured in the book