Registrations are now open for the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero! We call for coaches to register their team of tech girls and we invite girls between 7 and 17 years old to compete to be the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero.
We also invite mentors to register, and we match up with each team of tech girls who will participate and be part of an exciting program where you learn to be a tech entrepreneur.
So how does it work?
Teams of 3-5 girls from 7 to 17 years old form a group and ask a coach to represent them and register them. A coach is a parent or teacher who is the contact point for the team. The 12-week program will run in Term 2, and it will kick off on the 1st of May and conclude with entries due at 5:00 pm on Friday the 29th of July. The matching of each team of girls with a female mentor working in the tech industry is key to our program, and we try to co-locate as much as possible so the mentor can visit the girls directly. However, the program is designed to be all online so no face to face contact is expected throughout the program. We do require all mentors to have a current Working with Children check .
What do you learn?
Teams of girls work through a 12 week STEM entrepreneurship program in Term 2, provided by the Technovation Challenge which is the global app making competition for girls. Here in Australia, the Tech Girls Movement are the Regional Ambassadors for this program and we implement their curriculum. The global Technovation Challenge run their program from October to April therefore teams coming through our Australian or New Zealand timeline from May to September can enter the global Technovation Challenge with the same entry just months later for a second chance to win.
Essentially, teams need to identify a problem in their local community they would like to solve, then they need to research how other people solve that problem, then teams design their own solution in a form of a wire-frame for an app. Then teams build a working prototype of their app. Once complete, they pitch their idea and the demo they have created and tell us how amazing it is.
We will announce State and National winners both in the Secondary and Primary Category. The Tech Girls Movement will then take the winning primary and secondary teams to San Francisco in August to pitch at the Global Technovation Challenge along side teams from all around the world.
In 2016, Vocabulary Voyagers from St Mary's Anglican Girls School in Perth who were our winning secondary school team in Australia, made it to the top 1% of entries in the global Technovation challenge alongside 800 other teams. This is the first for any Australian team. Vocabulary Voyagers Pitch Video
In March 2017, not only did we launch our Australian program at Google Headquarters in Sydney alongside a series of events for Vodafone/HP, Accenture, Avanade, the Australian Computer Society and others. We also launched the program in New Zealand in Auckland at our Superhero Daughter day on the 18th of March.
We also hosted 9 Superhero daughter days together with Diverse City Careers in March for International Womens Day to launch the program for the year across every state and territory in Australia and in Auckland. We also did a road-trip of the South Island of New Zealand to promote the program to schools locally there, and we have a team to help us expand the program across New Zealand.
We have had a very busy start to the year and are super excited to see what the entries come in. Register now tech girls, coaches and mentors for our 2017 program.