Technovation Challenge, a program dedicated to inspiring women in technology and entrepreneurship. In the program, high school and university girls work in teams to develop mobile apps, conduct market research, write business plans, and create a “pitch” for funding. Each team works with both a classroom teacher at their school and a female mentor/role model from the technology industry. The program culminates in a regional, national and global competition where teams compete for funding to launch their company and take their app to market.
The goal of the Technovation program is to inspire girls to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders and entrepreneurs.
Technovation Challenge debuted in Uganda in 2013 with 3 schools, and has expanded to cover all regions of the country, including northern Uganda. This year, there are 10 Regional pitch events (challenges) in Africa, one of which will take place in Gulu. I have been involved in Technovation Challenge since 2013, with Lira Town College emerging as the most consistent participants every year. I have also been very instrumental in expanding the program in northern Uganda, bringing in schools like Dr. Obote College, St. Katherine Girls S.S both in Lira district, Apac S.S in Apac district and Gulu High School.