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Jan. 13, 2014 11:45 am

Help raise $3500 for app dev program for young girls

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support.

Women researchers at the Berkeley Lab mentor a Technovation Challenge team of high school students in 2012.

(Photo by Flickr user Berkeley Lab, used under a Creative Commons license)

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support. This week’s project comes from GiveCorps. See other Crowdfundings of the Week here.

Begun in 2010, the Technovation Challenge has since become the first international app development competition specifically for girls and young women with an interest in mobile programming.

This year teams in three divisions — students under age 14, students under age 18, and students under age 23 — will compete for up to $10,000 in seed funding to produce their mobile apps and enter them into the applicable app stores. Nearly 700 girls presented 115 apps at the Technovation global pitch event in 2013.

A Maryland Regional Technovation Challenge is taking place this year, with the winner being eligible for entry into the world Technovation pitch event in San Francisco in June 2014. Middle school and high school teams can participate in this regional challenge.

Maryland’s regional challenge is organized locally by the Maryland Out of School Time Network, the Digital Harbor Foundation, Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign and others. The groups are now raising $3,500 on GiveCorps to pay the way for the team that wins the Maryland Regional Technovation Challenge.

Donate to the GiveCorps campaign here.

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The Maryland Regional Technovation Challenge “pitch night” will take place in the spring before the Apr. 26 deadline for submitting team materials for consideration in the international Technovation Challenge competition. The team that wins the pitch night will represent Maryland in the Technovation Challenge international pitch event in June.

A Hack Day during which participating teams will learn to make apps using App Inventor takes place Jan. 25 at the AOL/Ad.com offices in Tide Point.

Register for the Hack Day here. Developers interested in helping at the Hack Day can fill out this form.

According to Iridescent Learning, the nonprofit that sponsors Technovation, the challenge was started to “close the gender gap in computer science by teaching girls how to code and how to be successful entrepreneurs.”

Watch a video about the Technovation Challenge:

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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