Important dates for the 2018–19 Season
- January 12, 2019 — Kick-off Ideation Workshop
- January 26, 2019 — MIT App Inventor Workshop (junior teams)
- February 2, 2019 — MIT App Inventor Workshop (senior teams)
- February 5, 2018 — Android SDK Workshop (senior teams)
- February 23, 2019 — Business & User Experience Workshop
- March 23, 2019 — Group-work Workshop 1
- April 13, 2019 — Group-work Workshop 2
- April 23, 2019 — App Submission Deadline
- May 11 2019 — Waterloo Live Pitch
- August 2019 — World Pitch
Frequently asked questions
For questions unrelated to the Technovation Waterloo workshops, please read the Technovation Challenge FAQ.
How do participants register for Technovation Waterloo events?
You must register separately for each Technovation Waterloo event that you want to attend. To do this, please register on the Technovation Waterloo registration page.
You are not required to attend any of the Waterloo workshops. However, attendance is highly recommended as it will provide girls and teams greater support in preparing for the Technovation Challenge. The workshops will also allow teams to meet other girls who are interested in Technovation and to meet other mentors and role models.
Attendance at the Waterloo Regional Pitch Event is mandatory for any team that is interested in having its mobile app reviewed by a local panel of judges and to be eligible for the Technovation Challenge semi-finals.
How do I form a team?
As a first step, you should see if your friends or classmates would be interested in forming a team. If there is not enough interest from one school, students from different schools can join together as a team. You can also look for team members through the my.technovationchallenge.org platform and work with them virtually.
If you cannot find a team, contact email@example.com to see if you can be teamed with a group of girls.
How do I register as a mentor?
All mentors need to create a mentor account.
Once this is complete, you will have access to all of the online curriculum materials that the student participants will work through over the course of the program. Student teams will be able to see your mentor profile on the Technovation platform and may approach you and ask that you be their team’s mentor.
This will allow Technovation Waterloo to facilitate matching of teams with mentors.
Will Technovation Waterloo assist in finding mentors if a team needs one?
Yes, the University of Waterloo will help to find a mentor if a team does not have one.
What if I don’t have a laptop?
Many of the Technovation Waterloo workshops require that you bring your own laptop. If you do not have a laptop that you can bring to the event and do not have someone from whom you can borrow a laptop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will attempt to find a laptop that you can borrow for the workshop.
Does App Inventor work for iPhones?
Right now, App Inventor only supports the Android OS. If your team does not have access to an Android mobile device, contact email@example.com.
Even though the coding units of the curriculum use App Inventor to discuss computer science concepts, and include activities specific to App Inventor, your team can submit an app developed for iOS or whatever mobile-app platform you prefer.