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To learn more about the Global Technovation Challenge, please visit technovationchallenge.org.

To learn more about Technovation Waterloo, please visit the program information page.

Technovation Waterloo Workshops

Teams must register in order to attend the workshops. Drop-ins will not be admitted.

Technovation is a team event. Participants should form teams prior to registering. If you can’t find a team, register as a team of one and we will try our best to find you a team.


Android SDK Workshop — Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Registration is not yet open

This workshop is for senior teams (at least one team member aged 15+) who want to build their apps using Java and the Android SDK. Participants will be introduced to the common components used in professional mobile applications while designing and building their own unique camera app.

To build our app we will be examining a wide range of app components, from simple buttons to complex lists and even animations. Participants will get to design their own layout to create a truly unique app. Using the Android SDK we’ll connect to our phone’s camera to take photos and videos which we can edit with stickers and share with our friends online!

Pre-requisites for the workshop:

  • Students should have a basic understanding of some programming language, preferably an object-oriented language. The language does not need to be Java. The focus of the workshop will be on the Android SDK, not Java.
  • Students need to bring their own laptop to the workshop.
  • Students should install Android Studio 3.2 or later on their laptop prior to the workshop. After installation, run Android Studio to complete the set up.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Shopify.


Kick-off Ideation Workshop — Saturday, December 1, 2018 or Saturday, January 12, 2019
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This workshop introduces the Technovation Challenge and the MIT App Inventor tool — enough to give a sense of what coding is like. The workshop then guides teams through an ideation process to help teams generate and explore ideas for what their app might be about.

The workshop is the same on both dates. Please only register for one of the dates.Junior teams (all team members are ages 10-14) should register for the first workshop and senior teams for the second workshop.

Pre-requisites for the workshop: Girls should have formed their teams.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Shopify.


MIT App Inventor Workshop — Saturday, January 26, 2019 or Saturday, February 2, 2019
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This workshop will cover several features of the MIT App Inventor tool and a session on paper prototyping for fast thinking about app design. Teams will also learn how to prepare for their pitch and how to deliver a memorable pitch. There will also be an opportunity for teams to meet with a coach to get feedback on their idea or get help setting up MIT App Inventor.

The workshop is the same on both dates. Please only register for one of the dates. Junior teams (all team members are ages 10-14) should register for the first workshop and senior teams for the second workshop.

Pre-requisites for the workshop: Teams should have chosen the idea for their app.


Business and User Experience Workshop — Saturday, February 23, 2019
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In this workshop, senior division teams will have a session on business planning. Junior division teams will meet with design coaches to get feedback on their designs. All teams will have sessions on defining a minimal viable product, planning their pitch videos, and advice on creating nice user interfaces using MIT App Inventor.

Pre-requisites for the workshop: Teams should have chosen the idea for their app and should have completed their paper prototypes.


Group-work Workshop 1 — Saturday, March 23, 2019
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In this workshop, teams may consult with MIT App Inventor and User Experience coaches to get advice on any issues they are encountering with their app development.

Pre-requisites for the workshop: Teams should come prepared with questions for the coaches.


Group-work Workshop 2 — Wednesday, April 13, 2019
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In this workshop, teams may consult with MIT App Inventor coaches, User Experience coaches, business coaches and pitch coaches.

Pre-requisites for the workshop: Teams should come prepared with questions for the coaches.


Waterloo Regional Pitch Event — Saturday, May 11, 2019
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Teams pitch their apps live in front of the judges. Good luck!

picture of girls at Technovation launch