Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Our goal is to reach and welcome students and mentors who may not otherwise be able to learn and build technology due to racial, economic, social, and cultural barriers and discrimination. Our programs run in over 100 countries with historical and existing biases against women and other underrepresented genders, in particular.
With increased stressors for women in STEM fields, including sexual harassment and discrimination, research shows that when women participate in gender-reaffirming environments, it can increase their sense of belonging and therefore help keep them in STEM fields. Our Technovation Girls program aims to provide this safe, reaffirming environment, so our eligibility condition remains that students who are assigned male at birth and self-identify as male cannot enter the competition.
Additionally, Technovation Girls is proud to provide girls and students with identity-reaffirming role models so they can see themselves in technology careers.
Who can participate?
Technovation Girls welcomes and embraces all female-identifying participants, all transgender participants, and those who identify as non-binary or gender non-conforming and want to be part of a female-identified environment. This means that if someone is assigned male at birth AND identifies as male, they cannot participate in the competition.