Girls from Concepción, Valparaíso and Santiago participated in the Technovation Girls Chile regional Pitch, which were evaluated by executives from the most prominent technology, innovation and education companies, as well as university professors and professionals.
The young women made the Technovation Program during 2022 and in the Summer Bootcamp 2023, for which they presented their mobile application projects, those that solve social problems such as environment, education and healthamong others, basing their projects on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“This is the final and most important instance of our Program that teaches programming and technology to girls and adolescents for free. The Technovation Program is an international program that we have been teaching in Chile for 8 years as a foundation, so it is an international curriculum where girls learn to create and develop a cell phone application that solves a social problem (…)” explains Constanza Díaz, director program executive.
More than 90 countries compete in the International Challenge, where the more than 1,500 girls who participated in the instance will be selected among the “100 best in the world” thus giving them the possibility of reaching the grand final which will be held in technology capital, Silicon Valley in United States.
During the event, the Minister of Science and Technology, Aisén Etcheverry, welcomed the girls and emphasized the scope of the program. “It is impressive to see the ideas and motivations of girls and adolescents who are already part of the scientific and technological world (…). It is important for us as a country and for that reason we need more instances like Technovation Girls where STEM vocations are reinforced at an early age”.
The competition was attended by girls who completed their projects 100% on the international platform, belonging to 26 professional technical high schools in Chile, as well as interscholastically at the Universities Federico Santa María de Valparaíso and Santiago, Pontificia Universidad Católica, Universidad de Concepción and DUOC Maipú, reaching more than 10 thousand girls during 2022. Likewise, those who developed the program during 2023 in the Summer Bootcampwhere the Adolfo Ibáñez and Atacama Universities in Vallenar also joined.
“This is the seventh year that this event has been held, where we can see a sustained growth of girls who are interested in and delighted with technology (…). Our objective as Technovation Girls Chile is to continue generating interest among more girls in STEM areas (…)”, concludes Díaz.