Catherine McKenna to Speak at Carleton University’s Technovation Challenge

Carleton’s Technology Innovation Management (TIM) Program will host the Technovation Challenge Pitch Competition on Saturday, April 30.

Catherine McKenna, federal minister of the Environment and Climate Change, is slated to speak at the event at 3:15 p.m. before the winner of the challenge is announced.

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 3:15 p.m.
Where: 100 St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

The Technovation Challenge is a 12-week program where groups of young girls work in teams to learn how to build a business around an app developer. The Technovation Challenge Pitch Competition give the teams an opportunity to pitch their application-based business to a team of judges in hopes of being chosen as a finalist for the final round.

There are 23 teams participating from 20 high schools and three middle school. The preliminary round will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The final round of pitches from the four top teams will take place after McKenna speaks at 3:15 p.m. The winning team will receive a $1,000 award sponsored by Shopify.

About Technovation:

Each year, Technovation challenges girls all over the world to build a mobile app that addresses a community problem. Since 2010, more than 5,400 girls from 28 countries have developed 1,029 mobile phone apps and learned to launch startup companies. Girls do not need to have programming experience to participate. Volunteer coaches recruit teams to work with female mentors. Together, they come up with an app idea, conduct user research, create a business plan and build the app prototype. Leaders from the technology and business sectors judge the submissions and provide feedback to the teams.

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