Apr 23, 2018

Technovation Challenge Uses Technology to Solve Community Problems

We recently dropped into the young people from the Technovation Challenge to see how the programme has gone, and hear about the apps they have developed throughout this 12-week course.

Technovation offer girls around the world the opportunity to learn the skills they need to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Every year, girls are invited to identify a problem in their community, and then challenged to solve it.


Back in January, The Digital Hub and Teen-Turn joined forces to bring the Technovation Challenge to The Digital Hub. Since then, young girls, aged 12-to-17-years old, have been working in teams to develop mobile apps that rectify problems in their local community. They girls were divided into two groups, in the junior division girls are aged between 12-13-years old, and in the senior division girls are aged 14-17 years old. Each team that reaches the finals will pitch their projects at Google’s Mountain View headquarters in California with (flights, accommodation and meals) paid for.

We spoke with Joanne Dolan, Co-Founder Teen-Turn, who told us about the programme, what the kids have learned so far, and how the Technovation Challenge can have a positive impact on the lives of young girls.

Joanne says, “The Technovation Challenge has been going on for many years, yet this is the first time it’s been done in Ireland. It challenges young girls to come up with ways to contribute to their community using an app. They get to create a social enterprise and learn about business planning, distribution channels and financial projections, while at the same time learning how to code an app. At the end of the programme, they girls submit a demo video and pitch video, and the finalists get to go to California to compete for the prize.”

What the young people had to say:

  • “What interests me a lot is the ability to learn how to code and develop an app from start to finish. It’s not just about coding, we get to draft business plans & make revenue projections.” Kaye
  • “The app we are doing is all about water pollution, we hope to make an app to educate young children on the damage litter does to the environment.” – Shauna


Read more about the Technovation at technovationchallenge.org