Carleton Hosts Technovation Challenge with Minister Catherine McKenna

Carleton’s Technology Innovation Management (TIM) Program will host the annual Ottawa Technovation Challenge Pitch Competition, featuring speeches by the Honourable Catherine McKenna, minister of Environment and Climate Change and MP for Ottawa Centre, and Corinne Charette, senior assistant deputy minister at Science and Economic Development Canada. Awards and closing remarks will be presented by the Government of Canada CIO, Alex Benay.

: Sunday May 7, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Room 231, University Centre, Carleton University

Media are invited to attend the event. Speeches will take place at 3 p.m., followed by final pitches at 3:30 p.m. and an award presentation at 4:40 p.m.

The Technovation Challenge is a 12-week program where girls in grades seven to 12 work to solve a problem in their community by developing an app and building a business. The pitch competition provides the opportunity for teams to make the case for taking their product to the market.

The participants attend weekly sessions where they learn key skills needed to develop and support their project ideas. The teams are mentored by women working in the Ottawa technology industry and federal government.

This year’s challenge will have close to 30 teams composed of approximately 150 participants. Since its launch in 2015, participation in the Ottawa Technovation program has tripled.

Technovation in Ottawa is sponsored by IBM, Shopify, L-Spark, Adobe, Pythian and Carleton University, and supported by the federal government.

About Technovation

Technovation is a global program from Iridescent, a 501c3 non-profit in California, that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to become technology entrepreneurs and leaders. Over the past seven years, 10,000 girls across 78 countries have developed mobile apps and startups to solve problems on a diverse range of issues, including food waste, nutrition, women’s safety and much more.

Media Contact
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 8718

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