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International Girls Participate in Technovation Challenge
Posted 01/09/2013 09:00PM
The Technovation Challenge is a mobile phone app design competition that partners high school girls with professional women working in tech. At the end of twelve weeks, the teams pitch their app prototypes, marketing ideas, and business plans to a panel of judges for the funding to have their app professionally developed.

This is the first year that International High School has participated in the competition. Our team members are Alice Batty, Sara Fay, Amely Joly, Megan Ogburn, and Kaylin Yu, and their tech mentors are Diane Lu, a Product Specialist at YouTube, and Ami Vora, a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting.

On December 12th, our Technovation team participated in a tech company field trip to YouTube, where they met with Diane and toured the YouTube campus. A few highlights of the tour were seeing full-time baristas; a big, red slide; massage chairs; a nap station; and a wall covered with framed pictures of YouTube stars.

“The slide was a bit of a shock,” said Sara Fay. “I was also in for a shock when I realized that they had a swimming pool, and free food stations within short distances of each other.”

Next, the girls participated in Hack Day at Dev Bootcamp where they learned how to program an app using App Inventor, a program developed by MIT for creating apps on Android devices. They worked with their mentors to program several apps, including a “crystal ball” app that predicts someone’s fortune and a painting app that allows a user to draw in three colors.

The 2013 challenge is to develop an app that solves a local problem. Over the next three months, the team will meet with their mentors each week to work on their developing an app, and in April, they will submit a video pitch and business plan. If the team is selected as a finalist, the girls will move on to the Technovation World Pitch event on May 1st, 2013, where the winning team will receive $10,000 to finalize its app and release it on the market.

We are very excited to see what our girls produce!




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An independent Pre-K through 12th grade co-educational day school in the heart of San Francisco. The school delivers a rigorous bilingual (French/English) immersion program through middle school, culminating in either French Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate program in its International High School.

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