Be part of the change! Technovation Girls equips youth (namely women, but also non-binary and trans youth) ages 10-18 with the skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. With the support of volunteer mentors, students work in teams to code mobile apps that address real-world problems they've identified.
Find out more about the Technovation Girls Waterloo program.
CodeGirl is a documentary from 2015 about the Technovation Challenge. It tells the story of a number of high school aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in a thrilling, heartfelt documentary.
Go to codegirlmovie.com to find out how you can rent or buy the documentary.
Women in Computer Science Outreach oversees the Waterloo chapter of Technovation Girls. The chapter includes students from Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, Stratford and Waterloo and their surrounding townships:
For more details, please download the Technovation Girls Overview Presentation (~1.4 MB PowerPoint presentation).
Follow the instructions in the image below and register for Technovation Girls.
Please note for registration students will need to provide the email of a parent and obtain parental consent for registration to be complete. You may participate in the program while awaiting consent, but it needs to be done by the deadline.
Registrants will have access to the online curriculum, put together by Technovation Girls, that students will work through over the course of the program.
You must register separately for each Technovation Girls Waterloo event that you want to attend.
You are not required to attend workshops, it is, however, highly recommended as it will provide teams greater support in preparing for the Technovation Challenge. The workshops will also allow teams to meet other participants who are interested in technology and meet mentors and role models.
Workshop listings will be updated as we get closer to the beginning of the 2020/2021 season.
Technovation Girls Waterloo is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and community partners. Join us by getting involved in Technovation Girls.
Become a volunteer
Technovation Girls need many volunteers to make things happen (all folks welcome). People like you!
- Mentors work directly with a team through the development of their app (technical and non-technical mentors are welcome).
- Instructors teach the teams at organized workshops.
- Coaches give one-on-one advice to many teams at organized workshops on your area of expertise (business, coding, design, ideation, pitch).
- Judges review submissions from teams and offer feedback at the end of the season to help determine who moves on to the next stage of the challenge.
Become a community partner
Technovation Girls is funded through support from local companies. The partnership varies between companies and will look a little different in the 2020-2021 season. Partners can:
- Host a workshop, which includes providing an instructor and some coaches. Multiple companies can host together.
- Engage staff to be mentors to work with teams.
- Provide laptops (ones near retirement are welcome) for students who don't have access to a machine for the season.
- Pay for internet packages for students who need access to the internet during the season.
- Fund T-shirts for the girls and other swag.
- Offer prizes. Consider experiences for the girls, like tours of local companies, automatic acceptance into a youth developer program, or a summer internship. We’re open to ideas!
Spread the word
You can help Technovation Girls by spreading the word throughout the community! Spread the word within your place of work with colleagues and to parents.
If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to the Chapter Ambassador at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Pitch Event
At the conclusion of each season, teams pitch their apps to a panel of judges. The judges will provide feedback and score the teams based on pre-determined criteria; top scoring teams are able to move on to become semi-finalists. Semi-finalists have their submissions reviewed once again to select a team to move on to the Global Pitch Event.
Find out more about the judging process.
Our 2020 Live Event had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. In place, we partnered with the other chapters in Canada and hosted an online celebration event!
The results from first round of judging are in. Take a look at the semi-finalists from the 2020 season.
For questions about registration, submissions, the curriculum and the program please read the Technovation Challenge FAQ.
Our community partners
With thanks and gratitude to our community partners for their support and sponsorship!