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20+ TEAMS OF GIRLS AGED 10–18 FROM MONTREAL
SOLVE COMMUNITY PROBLEMS WITH CODING
Free Public Presentation of their Innovative Solutions at Technovation Montréal’s DEMO DAY on Saturday, May 15 at 1PM
Over 20 teams of girls between the ages of 10–18 from the Montreal metropolitan region are building a brighter future using technology. For 7 consecutive years, Technovation Montréal has run the local chapter of Technovation Girls, a global technology entrepreneurship program that challenges girls to identify real-world issues and address them through the development of mobile apps.
As participants in Technovation Girls, these local teams have been hard at work coding mobile apps to solve specific local problems. The girls have entered their innovative solutions in the global competition for the opportunity to pitch their ideas live to a panel of expert judges and be awarded scholarships to advance their education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Twelve finalist teams from around the world will go on to present their work during the Technovation World Summit, which will be held online on August 12 & 13, 2021.
|“Our goal is to build the next generation of women in technology by offering young girls complete immersion in the fields of entrepreneurship and technology thanks to a training program developed with experts in the field. We want them to see themselves as creators, innovators and realize that they can make a positive impact in their community through technology,” says Stéphanie Jecrois, Co-Founder of Technovation Montréal.
|Celebrating the Outstanding Work of these Young Entreprenuers
The girls have spent the last five months learning to develop their own startups and to code mobile apps, and how to bring those apps to market. Inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, they address problems ranging from fighting food waste, helping kids and teenagers with depression, mental health and anxiety, teaching students how to balance their finances, providing useful information about COVID-19, etc.
On Saturday, May 15 at 1pm, 24 teams of elementary and high schools students from Montreal and Ottawa, along with their mentors, will pitch their projects in front of a jury composed of the following entrepreneurs & IT experts:
• Mona-Lisa Prosper | Director, Black Entrepreneurs – Futurpreneur
• Wemba Opota | Artificial Intelligence Enterprise Solutions Lead – Microsoft
• Étienne Mérineau | Co-Founder & CEO – Heydai.ai
• Naysan Saran | Co-Founder & CEO – Cann Forecast
While donations are welcomed, the event is free and open to all. To register: Technovation Montréal DEMO DAY 2021 Eventbrite
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE
The program affects girls far beyond the World Summit — after participating in Technovation Girls, 70% of girls globally express a greater interest in technology and leadership, and 58% of them enrol in more computer science courses. And that’s not all, alumni go on to start their own businesses, present at prestigious events, meet world leaders, and even return to support the next cohorts of Technovation Girls.
ABOUT TECHNOVATION MONTRÉAL
Founded in 2014, Technovation Montréal is a non-profit organization that aims to reduce the gender gap in science and technology by encouraging young girls to develop their entrepreneurial leadership to ultimately pursue careers in the sector.