#GirlsMakeTech: TechnovationHK

A Project By Nicole Denholder
This Project will only be funded if USD 4,800 is pledged by Wednesday, 7 March 2018 23:59 HKT.
7% Complete
goal USD 4,800
amount raised USD 375
backers 8

Overview


TechnovationHK – Join the Movement and Support Hong Kong Girls Succeed in Technology and Entrepreneurship.  

#GirlsMakeTech: TechnovationHK – Join the Movement and Support Hong Kong Girls Succeed in Technology and Entrepreneurship

Our Theory of Change

If you can teach and encourage a Hong Kong girl to embark on a journey embracing computer science and entrepreneurship, she can not only create her own job and 21st century career, but also help create innovative solutions to solve some of our today's most pressing problems. 

Background of Technovation Challenge

According to US charity Girls Who Code, tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the US, yet girls are being left behind. In particular, the biggest drop off in interest in computer science ends to happen between the ages of 13-17.

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(Source: https://girlswhocode.com/about-us/ )

Technovation Challenge was created by US charity Iridescent to increase engagement amongst school girls in technology and entrepreneurship for the jobs of tomorrow, and to build the talent pipeline for girls in STEM to embrace the opportunities in the tech industry.

In early 2017, social enterprise Young Makers & ChangeMakers (YMCM) brought the world’s longest running global technology entrepreneurship challenge especially for girls for the first time to Hong Kong, and we want to be able to impact more girls across Hong Kong. 

Our Impact To Date

With the support of the Hong Kong SAR Education Bureau and Innovation and Technology Bureau, 290+ girls aged 10-18 forming 80+ teams from 40+ schools across Hong Kong guided by 100+ mentors participated in Technovation and learned to ideate, prototype and create a mobile app solution using MIT AppInventor to address UN Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of the education, environment, equality, health, peace and poverty. 

To augment the global online curriculum, YMCM created its TechnovationHK: #GirlsMakeTech 2017 program, which connected learning approach comprised:

  • a workshop on ideation, prototyping and business modelling hosted at the Commonwealth Bank Innovation Lab
  • workshops on coding using MIT AppInventor hosted at Google Hong Kong and run by MIT AppInventor Master Trainers;
  • a workshop on digital marketing, branding and pitching hosted at INFINITI LAB;
  • working in next generation workspaces such as WeWork Tower 535
  • TED type presentations by local charity leaders and social entrepreneurs to help the girls better understand issues of education, equality, environment, health and poverty in Hong Kong so that they can create solutions to solve real problems; 
  • a two-day [email protected] including Hong Kong female tech leaders, entrepreneurs and investors inspiring Hong Kong girls on their social-tech projects and their future entrepreneurial journeys, and to help them complete their submissions by the April 26 deadline; and
  • a Hong Kong Pitch Finals and Celebrations co-organized with Cyberport, where notwithstanding the inaugural year of this challenging competition, Hong Kong fielded 22 teams who created innovative app solutions that addressed issues ranging from pollution, dementia, emergency care, waste, charity fundraising etc.  

Video of Ideation and Prototyping Workshop at CBA Innovation Lab (March 2017): 

 

Video of all girls that created app solutions for HK Pitch Finals at Cyberport (May 2017): 

 

And all of this was offered for free to the girls, and powered mainly by student volunteers such as from the awesome Hong Kong Joint Students Association of Student Unions and by wonderful volunteer facilitators and mentors (including dedicated teachers). 

It is a source of pride that in our inaugural year, our top Junior Team (Dementia Care Companion) has been selected as one of the top 12 finalists amongst 1100 teams worldwide to pitch at the World Pitch Summit in San Francisco in August 7-11, and so when joined by our top Senior Team (Team SPCS) which will be a Visiting Team sponsored by Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, Hong Kong will be well represented with two teams in Silicon Valley. 
 

Video of HK Pitch Finals and Celebration at Cyberport (May 2017): 

 

And beyond the Technovation competition, we have facilitated and encouraged teams of girls to participate and pitch at industry events such as StartupWeekend: Women In Tech, Pitch Like a Girl and RISE Conference. 

Testimonials from the Girls:

 

Why We Need Your Help

We were very fortunate to have the cool venues and prizes for the girls have been generously sponsored by various companies, but to date, no cash sponsorship has been received to cover out-of-pocket costs and expenses.   We wanted to help build a better sense of community amongst the Hong Kong girls by eg, providing them with #GirlsMakeTech T-shirts, but lacked funds.

Next year, we want to be able to grow the program even bigger and better for more Hong Kong girls, such as being able to pay small stipends to university students to help the girls with troubleshooting their code solutions, and hiring a part-time administrator to better co-ordinate with the many schools and mentor enquiries about the Technovation English-language platform and processes.

With your help, we can ensure that many more girls across Hong Kong will get the opportunity to be part of this growing educational journey and community.

Rewards

Please support our initiative to help Hong Kong girls succeed in technology and entrepreneurship, and receive some of the cool one-of-a-kind and collectible rewards listed down here, all of which are designed to let you feel and be part of the movement of #GirlsMakeTech! 

Early Bird Specials – Limited to First 20 backers

T-shirt – I’m A TechGirl  (1-give-1) US$50                T-Shirt – I’m A Supporter (1-give-1) US$60

(from US$60)                                                                         (from US$75)

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Ultimate Fan – I’m A TechGirl (1-give-1) US$70      Ultimate Fan – I’m a Supporter (1-give-1) US$90

                  (from US$80)                                                                              (from US$100)

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Digital – I’m A TechGirl US$5                                           Digital – I’m A Supporter US$10

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Sticker – I’m A Tech Girl US$10                                       Sticker – I’m A Supporter US$15

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Charm – I’m A TechGirl  US$15                                       Charm – I’m A Supporter US$25

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Swag Bag – I’m A TechGirl US$25                                  Swag Bag – I’m a Supporter US$45

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T-shirt – I’m A TechGirl  (1-give-1) US$60                    T-Shirt – I’m A Supporter (1-give-1) US$75

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Ultimate Fan – I’m A TechGirl (1-give-1) US$80      Ultimate Fan – I’m a Supporter (1-give-1) US$100

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Team Supporter (6-give-6) US$500                                School Supporter (22-give-22) US$1800

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#GirlsMakeTech Benefactor’s Circle US$500

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Please note that these are not the final designs - we plan to refine them so that these are items all TechGirls and their Supporters would be proud to wear. We will reach out to you regarding T-shirt sizes. We are targetting trying to get your rewards to you by Christmas, and so they make great Christmas and end-of-year presents for the TechGirls in your life! 

Please also note that these rewards are with individual backers in mind - if you are a corporate and/or charitable foundation, please contact us separately for tailored opportunities to collaborate on this initiative. 

So… please join the movement and support #GirlsMakeTech now!

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For More Information

If you’d like more information, please check out the following links:

Importance of addressing the gender talent gap in the tech industry: 

RECENT PRESS: 

HK girls' teams to compete at Technovation World Pitch Summit
http://cw.com.hk/news/hk-girls-teams-compete-technovation-world-pitch-summit

Posted by Nicole Denholder
October 5, 2017 09:10
2 months ago

RECENT PRESS: 

HK girls' teams to compete at Technovation World Pitch Summit
http://cw.com.hk/news/hk-girls-teams-compete-technovation-world-pitch-summit

(Early bird) T-shirt - I'm a TechGirl (1-give-1)

USD 50

Early bird price limited to our first 20 backers - collectible #GirlsMakeTech T-shirt for TechGirls - one T-shirt for you or a TechGirl in your life, and one for a girl in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement!  

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Quantity 20

Backers: 0

(Early bird) T-shirt - I'm a Supporter (1-give-1)

USD 60

Early bird price limited to our first 20 backers - collectible #GirlsMakeTech T-shirt for Supporters - one T-shirt for you, and one for a girl in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement!  

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Quantity 20

Backers: 0

(Early bird) Ultimate Fan - I'm a TechGirl (1-give-1)

USD 70

Early bird price limited to our first 20 backers, all above 4 rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm, T-shirt) for Techgirls to show they are real fans - one T-shirt for you, and one for a girl in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement!  

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Quantity 20

Backers: 0

(Early bird) Ultimate Fan - I'm a Supporter (1-give-1)

USD 90

Early bird price limited to our first 20 backers - all above 4 collectable rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm, T-shirt) for Supporters to show they are real fans - one T-shirt for you, and one for a girl in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement!  

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Quantity 20

Backers: 0

Digital - I'm A TechGirl

USD 5

Collectable Digital #GirlsMakeTech badge for TechGirls social medial cred - post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, Snapchat for yourself or TechGirls in your life... Spread the movement!

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 1

Digital - I'm A Supporter

USD 10

Collectable Digital #GirlsMakeTech badge for TechGirls Supporters social medial cred - post it on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, Linked-In... Spread the movement! 

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Sticker - I'm A TechGirl

USD 10

Collectable #GirlsMakeTech sticker for TechGirls tech startup cred to add to laptops, etc. for yourself or TechGirls in your life. Spread the movement!

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Sticker - I'm A Supporter

USD 15

Collectable #GirlsMakeTech sticker for TechGirl Supporters tech startup cred to proudly show on their laptops, etc. Spread the movement!

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Charm - I'm a TechGirl

USD 15

Collectable 3D-printed #GirlsMakeTech charm that can be used as a keychain, on bag, bracelet, cellphone, etc  for for yourself or TechGirls in your life to wear with pride. Spread the movement! 

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Swag Bag - I'm a TechGirl

USD 25

Get all three above collectable rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm) for yourself or TechGirls in your life. Spread the movement! 

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Charm - I'm a Supporter

USD 25

Collectable 3D-printed #GirlsMakeTech charm that can be used as a keychan, on a bag, bracelet, cellphone, etc for Supporters to wear with pride. Spread the movement!

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Swag Bag - I'm a Supporter

USD 45

Get all above 3 collectable rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm) for Supporters. Spread the movement!

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

T-Shirt - I'm a TechGirl (1-give-1)

USD 60

Collectable #GirlsMakeTech T-shirt for for yourself or TechGirls in your life - one for you, and one for a girl in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement! 

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

T-shirt - I'm A Supporter (1-give-1)

USD 75

Collectable #GirlsMakeTech T-shirt for Supporters - one for you, and one for a girl in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement! 

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Ultimate Fan - I'm a TechGirl (1-give-1)

USD 80

All above 4 collectable rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm, T-shirt) for TechGirls to show they are real fans - one T-shirt for you and/or a TechGirl in your life, and one for a girl in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement!  

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Ultimate Fan - I'm A Supporter (1-give-1)

USD 100

All above 4 rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm, T-shirt) for Supporters to show they are real fans - one T-shirt for you, and one for a girl in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement!  

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

#GirlsMakeTech Benefactors Circle

USD 500

Join a select circle and be recognised as a #GirlsMakeTech Benefactor:

- invitation to certain invite-only events, including meeting with Hong Kong female leader, entrepreneurs and technologists (in 2017, these included Google's Leonie Valentine, Commonwealth Bank's Maike Steinbach, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund's Cindy Chow, Cyberport's Maria Lam)  
- opportunity to beta-test some of the app solutions and contribute feedback
- listing credit in next year's Hong Kong Pitch Finals and Celebrations 
- all 4 collectable rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm, T-shirt) for Supporter 

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

Team Supporters (6-give-6)

USD 500

All 4 collectable rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm, T-shirt) to support a team of 5 TechGirls and 1 adult TechGirl Supporter. They can a real team, or for your daughters/ nieces/ cousins (ie, TechGirls in your life)...  

Six T-shirts for you, and six for girls in next year's TechnovationHK. Spread the movement!  

Please note: Delivery arrangement and amount to be communicated.

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0

School Supporters (22-give-22)

USD 1,800

All 4 collectable rewards (Digital, Sticker, Charm, T-shirt) for 20 TechGirls (ie, at least 4 teams) and 2 Supporters, 22 T-shirts for you and your school, and 22 for girls in next year's TechnovationHK. 

Plus, we will provide a presentation at a school of your choice on TechnovationHK: #GirlsMakeTech !  Our track record for making such presentations has been superlative: many of this year's award winners came from schools where we personally made presentations! 

This is an ideal reward for School Alumni Associations and/or donors who want to support their child's school, or nominate an underserved school that would benefit from reward.   

Delivery arrangement and fee to be communicated. 

Est.Delivery on 23 December, 2017

Unlimited amount

Backers: 0