Young women in IT mentored through the Technovation Challenge



Women professionals in technology are invited to mentor young women during the Technovation Challenge from January to April, 2017

The Technovation Challenge is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women in grades 7-12. Volunteers, both civilian and military, will work with teams of up to five young women to help them imagine, design, develop, and pitch a mobile application to judges. Although application development experience is not required, women mentors should be part of a technology organization and have an understanding of technology and the technology business process.

Mentors act as guides and role models, helping the teams to overcome obstacles and become technology entrepreneurs. They are expected to attend the weekly Technovation meetings, as well as meet with the teams periodically outside of the regular sessions. Wherever possible, mentors will be assigned in teams of two, and can alternate attendance. All levels of mentors are accepted including technology professionals, managers, or executives.

Over the past three years, 150 young women in Ottawa have completed the program. The program is also running successfully in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. The global Technovation program has a proven track record with 70 percent of participants choosing to continue with computer science courses in high school and university. Programs like Technovation support the Government of Canada’s 2016-2020 IT Strategic Plan and gender parity in a functional community by encouraging IT as a career choice for girls, as well as raising awareness of opportunities for young women to pursue a career in the Government of Canada IT workforce.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information regarding the program, contact Colleen Tiernan, at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), at 613-222-7034, or David Cramm, TBS, at 613-369-6958 before November 15.

This is an exciting opportunity to give back to the technology community by sharing knowledge and helping develop the next generation of technology professionals.

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