Coder Kids Technovation Competition
Technovation competitions are thrilling, challenging, and strenuous. Each year they offer girls [ages 10-18] around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year [they] invite girls to identify a problem in their community, and then challenge them to solve it. Technovation has impacted the lives of many girls around the world and increased their passion for computer science.
The Coder Kids of the Washington metropolitan area had the opportunity to compete in the junior division (ages 10-14). 5 of the 21 girls were from Coder Kids. Each team had 3-4 girls competing. The winners were nominated for nationals and given the chance to present their ideas in San Francisco against the other winners throughout the country.
The process to prepare and present these ideas is long and demanding. The girls start their journey in September by working on different team building activities and ice-breakers. In November, they begin brainstorming ideas that they could use for the competition. In January, they create a work plan and flow charts. In February, they begin coding their app and preparing for the competition. All code submissions are due by April 23. The live pitch was on May 18th where they were judged and received their awards.
The 5 teams from Coder Kids created impressive designs to help improve the community. The team names and app ideas were:
Donative - An app to help you donate without over donating. CO2 For You - An app that calculates how much CO2 emissions you cause while driving.
Far Away Stories - An app that helps parents record stories for their kids, so their kids can listen to their parents' voice even when they're not with them.
Rot No More - An app that helps you monitor and track your plants, how often to water a plant, where should you plant it, etc.
Helping Hands - An app that connects teenagers with jobs/volunteer work, this includes background checks and distance requirements.
For the second year in a row, we had two teams win the competition.
First Place: Helping Hands and 2nd Place: Far Away Stories.
The team, Rot No More, won an award for best team spirit. The two winning teams were nominated as semi-finalists in the competition and have the chance to compete in San Francisco this summer.
We are very proud of these girls and their accomplishments!