High School Girls from New York City Win Technovation Challenge
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Iridescent, a science and engineering education non-profit, today announced the winning team in its annual Technovation Challenge, the largest and longest-running global technology competition exclusively for girls. The team of 6 young women from the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City invented an Android mobile app called Arrive, providing a mobile attendance service that enables students to check-in quickly when they arrive at school, using their phones.
Technovation Challenge was created to inspire girls in the pursuit of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and help close the gender gap in computer science specifically.
The team was awarded $10,000 in seed funding from Iridescent and the Office of Naval Research, along with support to further develop their mobile app and bring it to market. Team Arrive competed last night at the Technovation Challenge World Pitch Night event at Twitter headquarters with a group of 9 other finalist teams from across the United States and around the world.
Technovation Challenge is a 12-week competition that involved 114 teams and 600 middle and high school girls from 25 states and countries this year. As part of the program, the girls were mentored by engineers and business professionals from technology companies including Twitter, LinkedIn and Google, as well as teachers from schools across the country and around the world. Over the past four years, the Technovation Challenge program has served more than 1,400 young women who have programmed 287 mobile apps.
Since 2006, Iridescent has implemented a scalable model of science and technology exploration that has helped more than 17,000 underserved families through mentorship and hands-on programs with a team of more than 400 engineers and scientists. Iridescent’s mission is to use science, technology, engineering and math to develop persistent curiosity and to show that knowledge is empowering.