January 3, 2017

Technovation launch 2017 season after GEM-TECH Award helped them expand

By Maggie Jaris

The annual GEM-TECH Awards celebrate personal or organizational achievements and innovative strategies to advance Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in the area of information and communication technologies (ICTs). ITU News recently caught up with one of the 2015 GEM-TECH winners, Technovation, to find out how winning had a positive impact on their work.

The GEM-TECH Awards are a unique event that has allowed us to connect and scale-up our program for women in tech. Looking back at the year between last year’s awards and now, it’s been quite an adventure!

Since being presented with the 2015 GEM-TECH Award, Technovation┬áhas been busy promoting and expanding opportunities for women’s digital entrepreneurship.

At the 2015 GEM-TECH Awards ceremony, we connected with several great allies, and have been proud to continue working with them to strengthen and grow our program. Most recently, we have been working with UN Women and Google’s Made with Code to launch the 2017 season of Technovation, which is organized around the theme “Change is Made with Code”.

This year we are inviting young women around the world to create apps and business plans that solve problems using technology that align with six of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, specifically education, poverty, peace, health, equality, and the environment.

But that’s not all! Since winning the GEM-TECH Award we have also been honored to work with amazing partners, including the White House, through their Let Girls Learn initiative and the United State of Women, as well as UN Women through their Women Economic Empowerment summit and Women’s Economic Empowerment Report, and with UNESCO.

We also finished up the 2016 season with our biggest World Pitch Summit yet, bringing girls and women from 27 countries together in Silicon Valley. At the World Pitch Summit, young women entrepreneurs and innovators presented ideas that ranged from a better tool for citizens in Alamaty, Kazakhstan to connect with their civil leaders, to a marketplace to advance Cameroon’s agricultural goods in the world market, to a volunteer app connecting users in Mexico with the organizations that need them most.

Partnering with UN Women this year and aligning the program with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we are eager to reach even more women around the world, and to hear what big problems they want to solve, and how they’re going to solve them. We’re proud to be building a stronger network of women interested in digital entrepreneurship, and grateful to the connections and support we’ve found through GEM-TECH.

Maggie Jaris
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMaggie Jaris is the Communications Manager at Iridescent, where she helps tell the story of Iridescent and its two programs, Technovation and Curiosity Machine. She hopes to inspire young people around the world to develop the skills and confidence to solve big problems. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College, and has been working with Iridescent since 2013.
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Technovation launch 2017 season after GEM-TECH Award helped them expand

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