Appapalooza is Technovation[MN]’s Regional Pitch Event of Technovation, a global technical entrepreneurship program. In total, 63 teams presented their apps at Appapalooza.
The top eight teams are entered in 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] said, “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.”“I learned a lot of things about coding, like technical terms, such as booleans and loops. And I learned about the process. It’s easy as long as you know what you are doing,” said Ashley Chen, an 8th grader at Dakota Hills Middle School in Eagan. “I’d like to thank everyone who helped us and put in all the time and effort.”
“Most careers these days require knowledge of some kind of STEM. If you are super knowledgeable about STEM, the options are endless,” said Clare Dixon, a 6th grader at Dakota Hills.
This spring, teams of three to five girls aged 10-18 from 32 schools in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas designed and built mobile apps that aim to solve a problem in their community. Apps focused on one of six UN Sustainable development goals … poverty, the environment, peace, equality, education or health.