Technovation Challenge in Barcelona
Technovation Challenge in Barcelona. Author: Oficina Tècnica de la Xarxa PuntTIC. 2017.

Technovation Challenge offers girls between 10 and 18 years old from around the world the opportunity to become entrepreneurs and technology leaders.The groups of girls that are participating at the 2017 edition are working hard to shape their mobile solutions to address the problems of their community.

Monday, 13 March, the Barcelona Mobile World Center hosted a meeting of the teams participating in the challenge. One by one, all the teams have presented in just a minute, the basic elements of their proposal: who they are, what they offer, which is their proposal and what problem they intend to solve. They had the support of Master Educator Technovation, Yvette Oliveau.

There was a lot of talent. All projects focus on one of these areas: poverty, environment, peace, equality, education and health. Inspired by the challenges for the sustainability of the United Nations . The proposals are varied and they all seem to fit really well in the Technovation Challenge.

The session, organized by Espiral, Educació and Tecnologia, National Ambassador of the Technovation Challenge and MindConnex in Catalonia, has been very useful, as one participant said: "It has helped me see what proposals have other teams and see our is also very good. " A mentor said: "It was a small trial, it is very important for them to learn to speak in public". Another general comment was that, now that we are in the final stages, "you put the batteries".

Technovation Challenge is a program created by Iridescent in 2009 and has the global supported of Made with Code (Google) and UN Women. In the year 2017, 116 countries are participating in the challenge, more than 10,000 girls are accompanied by 4485 mentorsa. It is the world's largest competition for digital girls entrepreneurship.

On May 6, projects will be evaluated at an early stage in two parallel events in Madrid and Barcelona. Then the virtual jury, formed by women around the world, will choose the best proposals, which will go to San Francisco during the month of August for the final phase. The teams compete for prizes between 2,500 and 15,000 dollars.