Saturday 19th of May has been the great day of the Challenge Technovation 2018 in Catalonia. The Campus of the Citadel of Pompeu Fabra University has hosted the Barcelona Regional Pitch, where 40 teams of girls have presented their mobile applications to improve the world. Five have made the move to the international semifinal and have the chance to travel to Silicon Valley to participate in the final.
In Catalonia, 307 girls between 10 and 18 years of age and 65 mentors participated in the 2018 edition of Technovation. In teams of two to five students, they have worked for 12 weeks in the creation of a mobile application that solves a social problem in their immediate environment. Each team has been supported by a mentor, who has inspired and accompanied them through a previously established itinerary. 40 teams have managed to deliver the app and a business plan within the established term and have participated this weekend at the Barcelona Regional Pitch.
The young girls gave off nerves, enthusiasm and a lot of talent at the Barcelona final. They defended their projects before a professional jury in different classrooms and gathered in the auditorium to find out the verdict. Open Minds, Cool Girls and Family Go were the winning teams in the junior category, and JAM3 and BFIS Sophmores in the senior. All five will participate in the world semifinal, which will be developed online, and aspire to achieve the grand final, which would allow them to travel to Silicon Valley, United States.
The Espiral Association, Education and Technology is the regional ambassador of the Technovation and this year has received the support of the Maria de Maeztu Program DTIC - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, HP, Silicon Valley Foundation, Cisco, m4Social - Table of the Third Sector, MindConnex, Letgo, Vodafone, Everis, Editorial Destino, Planet and Chronicle, the United States Consulate General in Barcelona, the Secretariat of Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and the Digital Society of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Catalan Women's Institute.
You can check more information about the Barcelona final and the winning teams.