The 4th Annual Appapalooza Features Young Women In Tech

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“On May 7, 250 middle school and high school girls will converge at the Minneapolis Convention Center to compete at the 4th annual Appapalooza. Appapalooza is Technovation[MN]’s Regional Pitch Event of Technovation, a global technical entrepreneurship program. The event is free and open to the public, claim your tickets here; in total, 63 teams will pitch their apps at Appapalooza.”

Ann Ulrich, Founder BEST BOLD UTM Keynotes & BE BOLD Seminars will be the grand emcee, providing inspirational guidance throughout the awards ceremony. At its conclusion, Technovation[MN] will send the top eight teams to the semifinals, which are judged remotely, for the chance to compete in the finals this August in San Francisco.

Shawn Stavseth, Co-Founder and Board Chair of Technovation[MN] explains: “The Technovation program connects tech-industry professionals with educators and teams of students for weekly sessions to teach and guide them through the creation of business plans, product management, coding, marketing and entrepreneurial skills.

Technovation[MN] is operated by a volunteer board of directors and supported by leading corporations and businesses in Minnesota including: U.S. Bank, Amazon, PeopleNet and Target.” Over the last three months, teams of 3-5 girls aged 10-18 from 32 schools in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas have been designing and building mobile apps.

Each app aims to solve a problem in their community that aligns with one of six UN Sustainable Development Goals: poverty, the environment, peace, equality, education or health. Students that complete in the Technovation[MN] program are inspired and confident about their abilities to pursue careers in STEM.

As Tien VoNguyen, a senior at DeLaSalle High School and Technovation student ambassador said: “I hope to go into computer science, and biomedical engineering if possible. Technovation has just really opened that door for me and helped me get started on that path.”

Globally, the Technovation program reaches 10,000 girls in 78 countries. After participating in the program:

● 78% of students were more interested in Computer Science.

● 70% of students were more interested in Entrepreneurship.

● 67% of students were more interested in Business Leadership In addition to the semifinals, Technovation[MN] has locally partnered with others to offer more opportunities to recognize the creativity, innovation, and technical skills of the MN teams. These opportunities include:

● The team with the highest score will be entered into the second round of the MN Cup Youth Division.

● U.S. Bank’s App Challenge will recognize teams that develop apps with a financial focus.

● David Amor, a local healthcare consultant, investor and advisor with MedgineeringTM, is sponsoring a Pitch the Sharks event and will award the top performing team a $1,000 scholarship.

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S, Minneapolis, Minnesota When: Sunday, May 7, 2-5 p.m.

Tickets: Free and available here: http://bit.do/Appapalooza2017

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