FRMS Girls Technovation Challenge

Girl’s Technovation Challenge – Coding Competition For Girls

Over the course of 12-weeks, teams of 5-7 girl’s (with a coach and adult mentors) will come up with an idea for a mobile app to better their community, design and code the app, write a business plan, and create a sales pitch video. Students present their app at a state competition at the Minneapolis Convention Center and submit materials to a global competition.

Current Announcements

Before Next Tuesday: 1/24/17 @6:30

We've got things narrowed down to two issue ideas and had good discussion about possible app solutions for those ideas. Those ideas are:

1. Autism app

2. Vaccination Tracker app

AppInventor: We connected phones to AppInventor, looked at components & their blocks, added screens. Continue to play around with AppInventor. Look at all the possible components in the designer. See what blocks are available for those components.

Complete: FeePay signup & account setup on

Get feedback about our 2 app ideas:

  • Ask question to friend/peer - Would you use an app that explained autism, the range of the disease, the symptoms and how to advocate for the person?
  • Ask question to parents and other adults - Would you use an app that tracked vaccinations for the whole family including your pets? The app would have be pre-programmed for standard vaccinations, the ability to add in new medications as they are prescribed, calendar, reminders, incentives for fulfilling and information about the medications, possible symptoms, possible allergies.
  • Also, research other apps that may do some of these things.

Technovation 2017 Themes

In 2017, teams will be asked to develop a solution to a problem that falls into one of six themes. These are inspired by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here is detail on each of our themes, and some examples of UN goals and targets for the year 2030:

Poverty. Examples include eradicating extreme poverty (measured as living under $1.25 a day), implementing social protection systems for all, and ensuring that all men and women have equal access to economic resources.

Environment. Examples include improving education and awareness about climate change and strengthening resilience to climate-change hazards in all countries. If you look at the other two related categories: Life Below Water and Life On Land, you will find more ideas.

Peace. Examples include significantly reducing violence, ending abuse of children, reducing corruption and bribery, ensuring equal access to justice for all, and ensuring public access to information.

Equality. Examples include ending all form of discrimination against girls and women everywhere, eliminating all harmful practices such as early and forced marriage, enhancing the use of enabling technology to promote the empowerment of women, ensuring universal access to reproductive rights, and ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership.

Education. Examples include ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning experiences for all.

Health. Examples include ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages, maternal and child health, universal health coverage, and access for all to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and vaccines.