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11,000 Girls Compete in International Mobile App Challenge

By THE Journal

July 12, 2017

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Girls from around the world are competing in the Technovation Challenge, a global effort by Iridescent, a nonprofit promoting science, technology, engineering, and math education, which has invited girls ages 10-18 to learn and apply technology to try to solve problems in their communities.

This year, 11,000 girls worked in teams of one to five to develop mobile applications and address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The projects were required to address at least one issue within the SDG focus areas: quality education, poverty elimination, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice, and gender equality.

The teams were supported by more than 2,000 mentors, who helped the participants use professional-style business planning to launch the apps.

Twelve teams of finalists will be flown to Silicon Valley Aug. 7-11 where they will compete at the World Pitch Summit and pitch their ideas for $145,000 in seed funding and scholarships.

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