2 teams of Year 9 students from Townley Grammar joined the challenge after performing well in a Computer Science Curriculum Unit on Developing Mobile Apps with App Inventor.
On Saturday, 27th April, Hannah O and Chichi U from 9 Artemis pitched an App called Greenstep a Carbon Footprint calculator/game. The second team pitched Ayudaap a help App to raise alarms, call or text a contact in an emergency at the press of a button, designed and developed by Charlotte D, 9 Aphrodite, Jasleen M and Ellie C both in 9 Hestia.
The girls quickly learnt how to resolve problems to produce all the required deliverables of the Technovation Challenge including getting their Apps live on the Google Play Store so that others can freely download them, an achievement which impressed the judge from Facebook who chose the Ayudaap team to be UK Middle School Winners. The apps are freely available from Google store and can be downloaded on android phones.
Select this link for the Ayudapp App https://play.google.com/store/search?q=ayudapp.
For the Greenstep App select this link:
Technovation is the world’s largest and longest running tech competition for girls. In Technovation, teams of young women identify a problem, create an app to solve it, code the app, build a company to launch the app in the market, and pitch their plan to experts all in 3 months. Technovation’s applied, project based computer science and entrepreneurship curriculum reinforces digital representation of information, algorithmic thinking and programming, and emphasizes the societal impact of information and information technology. It also teaches girls life skills such as how to identify a problem, design and test a solution, collaborate with a team, and communicate to different audiences.
Teams pitch and submit their ideas (through video) and participate in regional competitions. The top four Middle School teams, and top six High School teams will travel to San Francisco, CA and compete at the Technovation World Pitch event hosted in June 2015. The winning High School team of Technovation World Pitch will receive $10,000 in seed funding to develop and release their app on the market. The Middle School teams attending World Pitch to showcase their app will receive prizes of $5,000.
Technovation 2015 Theme: Solve a Problem in Your Local Community
For the 2015 challenge, teams have to develop an app that solves a problem in their local community.
Having won the UK, the Townley team will be compared to winners throughout Europe in early May, and the winning team will be selected to visit San Francisco in June to pitch at the world event with 9 teams from across the globe.
The girls were supported during their project by the Computing Department at Townley.