Technovation prepares for project submission

Kinglsey Wang

By 5 p.m. Apr. 26 2017, MV Technovation will have submited their app to the annual Technovation Challenge, which they have been working on and learning to develop since the beginning of the school year. After their submission into the Technovation website, the members will prepare to enter potentially three different competitions, also kown as the pitch period: regional, international semifinals and international finals competitions. Those who qualify to move on from the regional competition go straight to the international semifinals. And only a select few advance to the globals, or finals, held every year in San Francisco. During the competition, contestants demonstrate the capabilities of their app to a panel of judges and follow up with a presentation of their business plans.

The judges, however, may not look at the quality of the app and the technical coding skill as they value more about the idea in which the app is going to accomplish. This, according to Senior and Vice President Johanna Karras, serves mainly to even out the playing field.

“Girls here [in the Silicon Valley]are going to have access to better resources than some other places so it is unfair to base the competition off of that aspect.” said Karras.

Along with their app, competitors also submit a pitching plan and a business plan which serve to illustrate the different ideas in which young women have to benefit society.

“All they are looking for is the prototype of the app so in a way, the competition isn’t really all that technical. It is more about what kinds of ideas these girls have and how they pitch it.” said Senior and President Carol Wang.

In general, the apps serve as social services to be able to help any needs in society, which the club has been able to create two of them. The first is a social networking tool that allows students to pair themselves with their fellow peers in order to pursue similar study interests while the second one enables schools to send leftover food from the lunch lines to homeless shelters.

Although the club has only been able to submit two apps, the club still endorses participation for the experience.

“The importance of bringing women into stem fields is to introduce diversity into STEM fields,” Wang said.