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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.
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.
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.
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: