60 schoolgirls aged 10 to 18, passionate about technology and programming, attended the regional pitch of the Technovation Challenge held in the IBM Innovation Center HQ on Friday, with three teams qualifying for the semifinals of Technovation Challenge, the largest international mobile programming competition for girls.
Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders, inviting girls to identify a problem in their community, and then challenging them to solve it. Girls work in teams to build both a mobile app and a business plan to launch that app, supported by mentors and guided by our curriculum.
In the Pitch stage every team had to make an app using the AppInventor platform and a Business Plan, with the condition to meet a real need of the society. Participants had to choose topics such as poverty, education, healthcare, environment, equality and peace.
The best applications will be presented at the WORLD PITCH SUMMIT (August 7-11). The winning teams will receive financial prizes and the awarding ceremony is due in San Francisco.
“We can get girls closer to technology with the right support and resources. Learning a programming language and the possibility of creating technology give girls strength and confidence that they can be successful in a field which is currently dominated by boys. Through Technovation Challenge, we offer girls the chance to change the world with the help of technology,” said Alin Chiriac, CEO & Founder ADFABER.
The apps to represent Romania in the Technovation Challenge semifinals belong to the teams: MoxiePuff (Jointly, Onesti), DragonByte (Unitycom, Bucharest) and Ro5IT (Discover little Paris, Bucharest).
Moxie Puff‘s Jointly is a mobile app containing clear and organized cultural information covering all the countries in the world. Information is organized in two main categories: The pupils’ guide and the Travelers’ guide, each having 6 sub-categories. With this app pupils can learn geography easily, while tourists can get in touch with the entire culture of a country, not only with its locations.
Dragonbyte have launched the UnityCom application- a digital platform linking local farmers to their clients, by providing them with access to healthy, organic and tasty food, which is no chemically treated. At the same time, customers can find out the closest farms in their neighbourhood in order to buy the products directly from there. People can search farmers, can introduce their profile and can contact them by phone.
Ro5IT developed the Little Paris app, a sort of audiovisual cultural educational guide to explore Bucharest’s symbols. Its main purpose is to promote places and the stories of Calea Victoriei and to develop a feeling of belonging to the community.