Technovation Awards Nearly $30,000 USD in Cash and Prizes in Global Artificial Intelligence and Mobile App Tech Competitions
Sixteen finalist teams participated in the World Summit to pitch AI and mobile app solutions tackling pressing issues like COVID-19 and climate change.
Aug. 14, 2020, LOS ANGELES – Technovation, a global technology education nonprofit, announced that two teams of girls and two family teams – representing Kazakhstan, Kuwait, India and Ireland – were named winners at its annual Technovation World Summit held virtually August 13-14. The two-day event brought together more than 1,000 members and supporters of the Technovation community from around the world. The Awards Ceremony, held during World Summit, is a culmination of the annual Technovation Girls and Technovation Families programs in which nearly 2,000 teams of girls (ages 10-18) and families (with children ages 8-16) are challenged to develop a mobile application or AI prototype to solve an issue they’ve identified in their community. This year, teams across 60+ countries overcame incredible odds stemming from COVID-19 to participate with the support of more than 3,500 mentors and chapter ambassadors.
All finalists will receive a portion of the nearly $30,000 being awarded. The cash and prizes are intended to help further fund their education in STEM and/or assist teams in bringing their product to market.
The first place teams for Technovation Girls are:
Memory Haven, Technovation Girls Grand Prize Winners 2020, Senior Division
Zesha, Technovation Girls Grand Prize Winners 2020,
Senior Division Team
Memory Haven, by Memory Haven
Memory Haven helps families that have been impacted by dementia. Memory Haven incorporates a music playlist alongside other healthcare features like alerts, face and voice recognition, and health checks to help patients with dementia, as well as those who take care of them.
In addition to winning the Grand Prize, Memory Haven, the Technovation Girls team from Ireland, was named this year’s People’s Choice award recipient for their app, Memory Haven, following online voting at World Summit.
Junior Division Team
Zesha, by team Jyothi
Zesha helps both Alzheimer’s patients and their caretakers by providing a digital caretaker. Zesha’s features include the ability to listen to and answer repetitive questions from users using Dialogflow, patient GPS tracking, helpful daily checklists, quick-dial emergency numbers, and links to entertainment sites to help patients cope with boredom.
The first place teams for Technovation Families are:
Help2Hear, Technovation Families Grand Prize Winner 2020,
Kuwait Birds Tracker, Technovation Families Grand Prize Winner, Junior Division
Senior Division Team
Help2Hear, by Help2Hear
Help2Hear is an automated sign language interpreter for people with hearing disabilities. A camera records the signs a person articulates and, using AI, recognizes and interprets a person’s movements into text.
Junior Division Team
Kuwait Birds Tracker, by Al Mohammad Ali Family
Kuwait Birds Tracker helps protect local endangered bird species by encouraging people to take a picture of a bird with their phone, and then using AI to predict what kind of bird they are looking at and suggests tips for keeping it safe, using vision-recognition tools.
Uber 4 Dogs took home the junior division Technology award for Technovation Girls Team ROC created Uber 4 Dogs to connect dog owners to help walk each others dogs.
RecycleRight took home the senior division Technology Award for Technovation Girls. Team RecycleRight created this app to prevent waste contamination by identifying recyclable items and their correct bins.
Anti Child-Abduction App took home the junior division Technology Award for Technovation Families. The Anti Child-Abduction App helps prevent kidnapping by notifying parents when a child’s movement and location patterns are abnormal.
My Ouch took home the senior division Technology award for Technovation Families. My Ouch monitors a person’s health and pain levels to predict the level of care a person may need and send alerts.
Social Impact Awards
The Corruption Disruptor took home the junior division Social Impact Award for Technovation Girls. Team Nairobi Tech Girls created an app to reduce corruption of government institutions and police in Kenya.
Mappid took home the senior division Social Impact Award for Technovation Girls. Team ColtecAda created Mappid to help women and the LGBTQ+ community identify safe places.
A10 took home the junior division Social Impact Award for Technovation Families. A10 helps people with visual impairments by identifying medications and sending reminder alerts to ensure users take the correct medication at the right time.
Talk & Trust took home the senior division Social Impact Award for Technovation Families. Talk & Trust assists people with speech disabilities by gathering speech data and helping with communication.
Finalists from all over the world participated including girls and families from Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Pakistan, Spain, and the United States. Similarly, their projects ranged in mission—while a Pakistani family created an AI prototype to prevent child abduction, their Spanish counterparts sought to assist people with visual impairments and an American family created an app for monitoring a person’s health and pain levels. Meanwhile, a team of teenage girls from Brazil built a social app to keep women and the LGBTQ+ community safe from dangerous or uncomfortable situations and a team of 5 Kenyan girls created a cross-platform app addressing government corruption. And for the first time, a team of 5 multinational girls worked together virtually to create an app addressing the exodus of children from educational institutions in underserved communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Technovation partners with leading community and corporate supporters, including those from Adobe, Cisco, FactSet, HSBC, Intel, GM, Google, NVIDIA, Oracle, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Salesforce, Vodafone and Uber to bring opportunities and access to girls and families everywhere.
“We are thrilled to partner with Technovation to strengthen local communities and help girls and women develop vital skills needed to be leaders in an increasingly tech-centric future” said Alison Coates, Head of Future Skills, HSBC. “Technovation creates significant and lasting change through providing opportunities to practice real-world problem solving – helping people gain innovation, decision-making and collaboration experience. At HSBC we have an ambition to help one million people in our communities to increase their employability by the end of 2020, and we are so pleased to support Technovation’s amazing work as part of this effort.”
Recently, the UN released a report warning that the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 could wipe out progress humanity has made over the past 50 years in education, equality and health with girls and women being the most severely impacted. Now, more than ever, we need to support local communities. Through its programs, Technovation has empowered more than 140,000 young people and parents from 100+ countries to see themselves as change makers who have the power to solve problems and lift up their communities using technology.
“Every year we are blown away by the tenacity of the girls and families participating in our programs around the world and the incredible empathy and creativity they apply to tackling critical, timely issues such as climate change and distance learning, or COVID-19 and mental health,” said Tara Chklovski, CEO & founder, Technovation. “In a year when all of us are reeling from new and different realities brought on by the global pandemic, their resilience and determination to positively impact their communities continues to be an inspiration.”
“Each individual brings their own unique creativity and ideas for what our future world will look like, and how technology can be used to create it,” said Marian Croak, Vice President of Site Reliability Engineering for Ads, Corporate Engineering and YouTube, at Google, Inc. “We must continue investing in girls and other historically underrepresented individuals and show them our support to keep thinking and dreaming. Our society is desperate for their minds and energy.”