We are so excited here at the Tech Girls Movement as we have received entries for this year’s Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero from more than 80 teams of tech girls from across Australia!
The TGM’s signature campaign Tech Girls Are Superheroes has encouraged and supported 500+ school girls across Australia to build apps for social good in 2016 as part of the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition. The competition builds confidence in young people, and empowers them to build knowledge and expertise in entrepreneurship so they are prepared to build their own futures. Key to the competition is young people solving young people’s problems. At the end of the 12 week program, teams of girls pitch their idea on YouTube, prepare a business plan, and develop a working prototype of an app. Girls from 7-17 years old are participating in 2016.
At 15 years old, last year’s national winning Team Pawsout have just returned from pitching their app in Silicon Valley among other tech girls from around the world at the Technovation world challenge. Their app connects hectic dog owners with teenagers who need exercise and the Tech Girls Movement is supporting the release of their app into the market in September. You can help fund them here via their GoFundMe campaign. Watch their pitch video here.
In 2014 we had 18 girls participate, 132 in 2015 and nearly 500 participants in 2016. All states across Australia are represented. All teams are matched with a real life female mentor.
At the Qld showcase event at QUT, Minister Enoch will announce the State Finalists from across Australia, and present a prize to the Qld finalists on Sunday the 18th of September.
The national winners will be announced at our NSW showcase on Thursday the 29th of September. Our Vic Finalists will be invited to invited their app at our Melbourne event at Xero.
All teams who submitted an entry this year are invited to come to a showcase event and display their app for the audience.