Go watch this now! CODEGIRL is only available online for a few days, so make plans to watch it tonight. As a full-length movie clocking in at close to two hours running time it might be hard to squeeze into your workday. The movie is designed to inspire girls worldwide to see that coding is for them, that they can be technological entrepreneurs.
Technovation challenges girls all over the world to build mobile apps that solve community problems. According to their site, since 2010, nearly 5,000 girls from 60 countries have participated in the challenge. The competition has two divisions: Primary School for girls 14 and under and Secondary School for girls 14-19. It’s an important piece in the STEM pipeline that helps develop and nurture female tech entrepreneurs.
Girls do not need to have programming experience to participate and there are no entry fees. Teams are judged on how well they identify community problems and related technology solutions, the functionality and ease of use of their technology product and the savvy of their business plan. Intrigued? Sign up to compete, coach or mentor.
The competitions starts out with about 300 teams worldwide. That group gets narrowed down to 44 semifinalists and after further evaluation, just 4 Primary and 6 Secondary teams are selected to come to the finals in San Francisco to compete for $10,000 in seed funding to launch their app.
Through Google’s Made with Code initiative, you can watch CODEGIRL online NOW for free. See the CODEGIRL site to request a screening for your school or organization. If you miss the full screening, you can still see some of the winning pitches on their site. Maybe the movie will be back online for free during Computer Science Education Week in early December?
Looking for other tech competitions? Check out the Verizon App Challenge.