Technovation Alumni Event Brings Together Techies of the Future Posted on: December 12, 2017 Tags: Entrepreneurship, Girls for a Change, Technovation, Women in Tech អត្ថបទនេះមានជាភាសា៖ ខ្មែរ By Gechheang CHEA Tech Programme Coordinator Development Innovations In October, we held the first ever alumni event bringing together all of the Technovation Cambodia participants from the past four years. Technovation, the all-girl tech entrepreneurship challenge and learning program, is working to address the digital gender gap, specifically the low percentage of women in computer science and the tech sector around the world. The International Telecommunications Union estimates that 11% of the world’s computer scientists are women, and in Cambodia, the number of women studying computer science is even lower, just 7-8% according to a 2016 survey. Technovation started as an experiment in 2014. While six teams started out enthusiastically in January of that year, only one team made it all the way to the ends of the four month program and completed the application design, business plan and pitch video. Fast forward to 2017: over 23 teams from Cambodia, from both public and private schools, completed the whole program, alongside their mentors from the business and tech communities. One team even made it to the Global Finals in Silicon Valley in August, beating out over 1,100 teams from around the world. Like every Technovation team, the 11 and 12 year olds from the Cambodia Identity Product team identified a problem in their community: they saw globalization negatively affecting traditional Cambodian craftspeople that couldn’t connect to a market for products like scarves and weavings. So the team designed an app to help address this problem and raise awareness about Cambodian identity through these special, locally made products. Other apps worked to address market pricing information gaps at agricultural markets for suppliers and sellers, or young people’s access to accurate health information. Hear from team leader Soucheng in this video. The alumni event this year gave participants a chance to ask the winning team questions about their experience, learn about other STEM-related fields at Institute for Technology for Cambodia (ITC), and hear from leading women in the tech field; like Cambodia food scientist Raksmey Tan, finalist for the ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women. So what has Technovation done for the past participants from 2014-2017? Based on the follow up survey conducted with previous Technovation participants, they told us what they have done since the program. 42% of survey respondent went on to create another prototype or build a tech tool after the program 22% volunteered in tech related activities 20% went on to study another STEM-related course. See more alumni feedback below. We are excited to keep following these girls and see what they invent next! Experiences sharing by our global finalist the Cambodian Identity Product team! Group study tour at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia. 4 years of Technovation in one photo.