Calling out to all of you who have passions and dreams of being involved in the tech industry! Introducing to you the ‘Technovation Global Challenge Cambodia 2016’, a competition where teams come up with a mobile application idea and prototype to solve a problem in society. Sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Well, there is a small catch as this competition is only open for females under the age of 19. So if you fit the description as mentioned, read on to find out how you can take part in this global competition!
What is Technovation:
The Technovation Global Challenge came about 5 years ago in 2010 as a simple pilot program but has since grown to become a global competition reaching out to thousands of girls. With the mission to inspire and educate females, they hope to offer the opportunity and resources to young girls to become innovative tech entrepreneurs. They have stayed consistent to their vision of creating a more diverse tech industry and since the end of 2015, over 5400 girls from 28 countries have developed 1029 mobile phone apps, many of which are targeted to solving real-life problems. They have also learnt the basics on how to launch startup companies through Technovation.
Supported by USAID and Development Innovations, Cambodia is also now part of this global competition.
Held from the 24th January through to 17th April 2016, girls under the age of 19 are welcomed to participate in teams of no more than 5 members. The competition will be separated into 2 categories, the Primary School Division for girls 14 years old and younger and the Secondary School Division will be for girls aged 14 to 19 years old. All participants will have to be below the age of 19 as of 21st April 2016, the competition’s submission date.
As the competition will be held over a period of 3 months, all teams will have to go through lessons designed around those 12 weeks. They will have to come together at least once a week for about 4-5 hours to learn the curriculum. Throughout those 3 months however, resources will be provided to support the teams’ ideas and there will also be female mentors for the various teams to help facilitate their progress. Together, they will have to come up with an app idea, conduct user research, create a business plan, and build the app prototype before the submission deadline. Leaders from the technology and business sectors will then judge the submissions and provide feedback to the teams. Development Innovations is also planning to accommodate up to 6 teams to make sure that by the end of the 12 weeks, all teams will be able to submit the deliverables.
For this year’s competition, out of all the participants around the world, only 4 teams from the Primary School Division and 6 teams from the Secondary School Division will be invited to present at the World Pitch in San Francisco. Of which, the grand prize would be given to one team in each division who will win $10,000 in seed funding to help them launch their app.
If you feel like you’ve got what it takes as a committed individual that is passionate about technology, clear your schedule this coming Sunday as there will be an orientation held at Development Innovations for all participants. Not only will you will be able to find out more about the competition, you will be able to meet the mentors and kick start your journey to learning the basics to being a tech entrepreneur.
What: Technovation Global Challenge Cambodia Orientation
When: 17th January (Sunday)
Where: 1st Floor of Development Innovations
For more information, you can contact Mr Pidor Lydet at 010 886 981 or through his email here: lydetpidor(at)gmail.com. To find out more information, you can check out the Cambodia Facebook page here or the official Technovation Global Challenge page here.