University of Calgary

Girls battle for best new developed mobile app awards

Regional Technovation Challenge competition hosted by the University of Calgary this Saturday

May 2, 2014

Need help finding your pets or locating organic food in Calgary? There's an app to help thanks to 25 creative young women and an innovative 3-month program encouraging them to pursue careers in technology.

On Saturday, six teams of girls from grades 10 to 3rd year of university will present the unique mobile applications they have developed over the past three months as part of the inaugural Technovation Challenge, Calgary region program hosted at the University of Calgary. Each team will have the chance to take home the "best app award."

Technovation is a worldwide initiative run by the American non-profit organization Iridescent. The free program is designed to expose young women to potential careers in information and communications technology (ICT) by empowering them to learn how to develop, design, and market a brand new mobile app. Participants are offered an intensive 50-hour curriculum over three months to help them turn their ideas into reality.

Currently, only 18 per cent of computer science undergraduates are women. The need for qualified ICT workers continues to expand and it is expected that over 100,000 critical ICT jobs will need to be filled by 2016.

The University of Calgary has partnered with Technovation to ensure young women in this city have the opportunity to explore their talents in computer science and the potential they have in this exciting career field.

WHAT:     Technovation Challenge, regional competition, hosted by the       
          University of Calgary                                             
          Presentation of six mobile apps developed by groups of female high
          school and university students.                                   
WHEN:     Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.                 
WHERE:    University of Calgary, main campus: Kinesiology B building (Jack  
          Simpson Gym - KNB 132)                                            
          The most convenient parking space to access this building is #L16.
          Campus map:                                                       
WHO:      High school and university girls taking part in the mobile apps   
          Dr. Ken Barker, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary   
          Anar Simpson, Global Ambassador for Iridescent and University of  
          Calgary alumna