Technovation Privacy Policy

Last Updated: September 2023

1. Overview

Technovation (also referred to herein as “we,” “us,” and “our”) is committed to protecting your privacy online. As part of this commitment, we have adopted a Privacy Policy (this “Policy”) that governs how we protect, collect, share, use, and otherwise process data obtained from customers who visit our websites, located at https://technovation.org, and (the “Websites”). This Policy also explains the rights you may have over this data. While providing all of our services, we aim to protect your privacy through this Policy, which also ensures that we comply with international data privacy regulations.

Please note that certain exemptions to our obligations regarding data obtained from our program participants may exist, depending on applicable law in the pertinent jurisdiction.

In addition, it should be understood that the Privacy Policy does not cover products or services you might use as provided by other companies or organizations acting on their own account.

2.  Our Privacy Policy: What Information Does Technovation Collect From You and When Does Technovation Collect This Information?

To enhance your experience on Technovation Websites, we may collect the following information (“Personal Information”) that you provide to us, which may include sensitive data or information in accordance with applicable legislation. Although you may visit some pages on our website without providing all of the Personal Information listed below, you must provide certain Personal Information to take advantage of particular features, such as sharing your projects, receiving feedback from our mentors and judges, receiving scores and certificates, and participating in project competitions.

The Websites may collect the following Personal Information:

  • Name
  • City, state, and region of residence
  • Email address
  • Password
  • Date of birth
  • Internet Protocol (“IP”) address
  • School name
  • Parents’ names and email addresses (for minors)
  • Gender
  • Company name
  • Job title
  • User-submitted text, photos, and videos

Additionally, when you access the Websites using a mobile device, we may collect the following additional Personal Information:

  • Unique identification number associated with your device (“Device ID”)
  • Mobile carrier
  • Device type and manufacturer
  • Telephone number
  • Depending on your mobile device settings, your geographical location data, including GPS coordinates or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device

We collect this Personal Information from you when you register on the Websites or request products or services that the Websites offer. You may be asked to provide Personal Information if you participate in any sweepstakes, contests, or surveys, or if you post or access any content on message boards, chat rooms, or blogs operated by Technovation and its programs. We may also collect this Personal Information when you post materials as part of a project submission.

Who are our Third Party Sources?

We mainly obtain information directly from you. From time to time, we may also obtain information on you from third-party sources.

We will only gather such information when the third parties either have obtained your consent or are otherwise legally allowed to share such information. In certain limited circumstances, some third parties may be required to disclose your Personal Information to us.

i. Cookies Policy

The Websites also collect non-personally identifiable information automatically through the use of electronic tools such as “cookies.” Cookies help provide a customized web experience by enabling us to identify web users who visit our website.

The types of cookies we use on Technovation websites:

  • Strictly Necessary: These cookies are essential to provide you with the services on the Technovation website and to enable you to use some of its features. For example, cookies are necessary to keep you logged into your Technovation account and access curriculum. For that reason, without these cookies, the Technovation website cannot provide you with its services.
  • Functionality Cookies: Functionality cookies remember your preferences and settings when you return to our site. This helps us provide you with a more efficient, personalized experience. For example, if you are in the United Kingdom, our website will provide information specific to the UK, rather than information about other countries.
  • Tracking/Performance/Advertising Cookies: These cookies are used to track information about traffic to the Technovation website and to collect information about what you do on our website. This includes what content you viewed, the links you followed and clicked on, the type of device you are on, and your IP address. These cookies are used to optimize our website and marketing campaigns. These cookies are administered by third-parties like Google and YouTube. Where a third party collects personal data through an advertising or targeting cookie placed through our website, the third party’s use of your personal data is governed by the third party’s privacy policy. Do not forget to check the websites of these providers for their data protection regulations.
Name of Cookie Purpose Strictly Necessary Expires
__stripe_mid Stripe sets this cookie cookie to process payments. Yes 1 year
__stripe_sid Stripe sets this cookie cookie to process payments. Yes 30 minutes
cookielawinfo-checkbox-advertisement Set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin, this cookie is used to record the user consent for the cookies in the “Advertisement” category . Yes 1 year
cookielawinfo-checkbox-analytics This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Analytics”. Yes 11 months
cookielawinfo-checkbox-functional The cookie is set by GDPR cookie consent to record the user consent for the cookies in the category “Functional”. Yes 11 months
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Necessary”. Yes 11 months
cookielawinfo-checkbox-others This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Other. Yes 11 months
cookielawinfo-checkbox-performance This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookie is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category “Performance”. Yes 11 months
CookieLawInfoConsent Records the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie. Yes 1 year
viewed_cookie_policy The cookie is set by the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin and is used to store whether or not user has consented to the use of cookies. It does not store any personal data. Yes 11 months
_ga The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors. No 2 years
_gat_gtag_UA_4055471_11 Set by Google to distinguish users. No 1 minute
_gcl_au Provided by Google Tag Manager to experiment advertisement efficiency of websites using their services. No 3 months
_gid Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website’s performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously. No 1 day
CONSENT YouTube sets this cookie via embedded youtube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data. No 2 years
test_cookie The test_cookie is set by and is used to determine if the user’s browser supports cookies. No 15 minutes
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE A cookie set by YouTube to measure bandwidth that determines whether the user gets the new or old player interface. No 5 months, 27 days
YSC YSC cookie is set by YouTube and is used to track the views of embedded videos on Youtube pages. No Session
yt-remote-connected-devices YouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video. No Never
yt-remote-device-id YouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video. No Never
yt.innertube::nextId This cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen. No Never
yt.innertube::requests This cookie, set by YouTube, registers a unique ID to store data on what videos from YouTube the user has seen. No Never


How you can opt out of having cookies placed on a device:

If you do not want Technovation to track or use your Cookies, you can adjust your internet browser security settings to refuse cookies. Refusing cookies, however, may limit your ability to access certain pages available on the Website and may prevent you from enjoying the features on our website enabled by cookies. You can change your preference at any time. If you wish to remove previously stored cookies, please clear your cookie browser history.

The Websites may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our users. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of the Websites. We may also collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools, to help us measure traffic and usage trends. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit, your use of third-party applications, and other information that assists us in analyzing and improving the Websites.

3. Purposes of Information Collection

To enhance your experience on the Websites, we collect the following Personal Information that you provide to us. Although you may visit some pages on our website without providing all of the Personal Information listed below, you must provide certain information to take advantage of particular features, such as sharing your projects, receiving feedback from our mentors and judges, receiving scores and certificates, and participating in project competitions.

Specifically, we use your Personal Information to accomplish the following legitimate purposes:

  • Communicating with you regarding our programs, features, and services available through the Websites.
  • Sharing our curriculum.
  • Helping you participate in projects and competitions as part of our program.
  • Helping students and mentors build healthy relationships to carry out team exercises and competitions, including connecting students and mentors using third-party communication services such as email, video calls, and Slack.
  • Communicating with you regarding products, features, and services that are offered by our affiliates and business partners.
  • Issuing email newsletters on other topics we think may be of interest, such as Technovation opportunities, internships, and/or scholarships.
  • Troubleshooting and website administration.
  • Technovation tailors advertisements on third party platforms to participants and former participants based on information that we have received from you, like your name and contact information. For example, we may run ads on social media that are tailored to you based on your relationship with Technovation, using information you have previously supplied to us, or if you have consented to those targeted ads. An example of a targeted ad may be information about a Technovation career development workshop appearing when you are logged into LinkedIn. You may object to this use of your data by opting out of “advertisement” cookies in the cookie settings at or emailing [email protected]. Please note that targeted advertising does not include, for example, advertising to you in response to your request for information or feedback, advertisements based on activities within our own websites or online applications, or advertisements based on the context of your current search query, visit to a website, or online application, or processing Personal Information solely for measuring or reporting advertising performance, reach, or frequency.
  • Complying with a legal obligation where necessary, such as being compelled to share Personal Information by a law enforcement or government agency.

Some Personal Information provided by participants registered at may also be shared with the Chapter Ambassador for your region for the purpose of providing country-specific information on the program. All Chapter Ambassadors are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement before they can view any Personal Information connected to participants in their country.

4. Consent for Collection and Use of Personal Information

You may not always be required to provide us with the Personal Information that we are asking you for; any Personal Information that is required is clearly marked as mandatory. When you do not wish to share certain Personal Information with us, you may simply not provide it to us, or opt-out of the processing of your Personal Information when this option is offered to you. However, if you choose not to provide certain Personal Information, you may not be able to benefit from our program for which the provision of such Personal Information is necessary. We may ask you to provide us with Personal Information to meet certain legal requirements. In such cases, we will notify you in due time and advise you as to whether your Personal Information is mandatory or not (as well as of the possible consequences if you do not provide your Personal Information).

A. Consent by Adults (Aged 18 and over)

By providing information to us in the manner described in Section 2 (“Our Privacy Policy”), you consent for us to use your Personal Information for the explicit purposes listed in Section 3 (“Purposes of Information Collection”) of the Privacy Policy. You may withdraw your consent at any time by any of the following methods:

  • For all website users who provide us with Personal Information, you may opt-out from our services completely at any time by unsubscribing from marketing communications or adjusting your cookie settings. If you do so, we shall remove any Personal Information that we have collected from you based on your consent.
  • For Technovation Girls and Technovation Families participants, annual registration is required to remain in the program. If you choose not to register in a given year, we shall retain your contact information in case you choose to register in future years, but we will not collect any additional information. You may communicate with us if you wish for us to permanently delete your contact information. Otherwise, we will delete your information periodically, as outlined by our data retention policy under Section 5(C)(i) (“Data Retention”) of the Privacy Policy below.

Please allow up to 30 business days for us to process your request. After opting out, you may still receive email messages about the status of your account, to resolve technical issues, or to confirm a renewed membership.

B. Parental Consent for Minors (Aged under 18)

We require a parent or guardian to consent before a child under the age of 18 can participate in any Technovation programs or activities. Use of the Websites sometimes requires us to share your information with other users of the Websites and trained volunteers. Parental consent granted by the following methods includes consent for Technovation to collect and use the minor’s Personal Information as listed in Section 2 (“Our Privacy Policy”) for the explicit purposes listed in Section 3 (“Purposes of Information Collection”) of the Privacy Policy.

Parents can provide consent by signing this form digitally, via email, or by postal mail for their minor children to provide personally identifiable information to us. The parental consent enables children under age 18 to participate in Technovation’s programs or activities. Parental Consent forms are emailed to parents when students register in Technovation Girls. Alternatively, consent forms can be downloaded for Technovation Families and Technovation Girls from the user’s dashboard. Upon receipt of the parental consent form, Technovation will unlock student accounts, and students will be eligible to participate in our programs.

Parents are highly encouraged to provide consent through the digital signature option. However, to provide consent by email or postal mail, parents should fill out the parental consent form, sign it, and send a picture or scan to Technovation at:

Email: [email protected] with subject line: “Parental Consent for [Name of Child]”Or send the original via mail:Technovation#1120700 El Camino Real Suite 120Menlo Park, CA 94025

If we learn we have collected or received Personal Information from a child under the age of 18 without parental consent, we will promptly delete the information. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child without parental consent, please contact us via the methods listed under the “Contact Us” section at the end of this Privacy Policy.

In addition to any other applicable privacy laws described herein, we will collect, process, and use any Personal Information concerning a known child in accordance with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 6501 et seq. (“COPPA”).

5. Your Privacy-Related Rights

The protection of your Personal Information is an essential part of our activities. In order to provide you with a personalized experience, we will apply the data protection laws of your country and/or region of residence. This approach will also be consistent with consumer laws of the country and/or region of your habitual residence, and will therefore allow us to better meet your expectations regarding the protection of your Personal Information.

If you are a resident of any of the countries and/or regions identified below, please make sure that you refer to the specific information applicable to your jurisdiction.

A. Your EU Privacy Rights

Residents of the EU have certain rights afforded to them by the EU General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”).

i. Transfers out of the European Economic Area

We are based in Menlo Park, CA, and the Websites are hosted by third parties that are also based in the United States. Accordingly, when you provide Personal Information to us, it is transferred outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”). To ensure an adequate degree of protection is afforded to your Personal Information when it is transferred outside of the EEA, we only transfer your Personal Information to the United States, and only with your consent as outlined in the Privacy Policy. Additionally, we will only transfer your Personal Information to the United States on the condition that your rights are protected and that you have access to an effective legal remedy.

ii. Your EU legal rights

You have the right to:

  • Request access to your Personal Information. We will send you a copy of your Personal Information that we have on record, which will enable you to check that we are using it within the lawful guidelines of the Privacy Policy. For data security purposes, you will be required to provide some information to verify your identity prior to receiving the copy of your Personal Information.
  • Request correction of the Personal Information that we hold about you, where the information is incorrect.
  • Request deletion of your Personal Information. As noted above, this may involve ending further participation in Technovation’s programs.
  • Object to us using your Personal Information. You may object on grounds that you feel it impacts your fundamental rights and freedoms, or on grounds that we are using your Personal Information for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your Personal Information which overrides your rights and freedoms.
  • Request restriction of our use of your Personal Information. You may make this request (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
  • Request the transfer of your Personal Information to you or a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your Personal Information in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.
  • Lodge a complaint with the appropriate supervisory authority.

If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at [email protected]. We may need to request additional information from you to help us confirm your identity. We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. It may take us longer to respond to your request if your request is particularly complex or if you have made multiple requests. In that case, we will notify you and keep you updated on the status of your request.

B. Your California Privacy Rights

If you reside in California, you may request information about our disclosures of your Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Such requests must be submitted to us by email at [email protected].

Within forty-five days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of personally identifiable information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of these third parties. This request may be made no more than twice per calendar year. We reserve the right not to respond to requests submitted other than as specified in the above paragraph.

Registered minor users of the Websites in California may remove, or request removal of, any content that they post to the Websites or applications, subject to certain exceptions. In order to request that user-supplied content be removed, please contact [email protected]. Note that removing, or requesting removal of, content does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content from the Websites or applications.

C. Other Privacy Rights

The following provisions apply to all users of the Websites, regardless of location.

i. Data Retention

We will only retain your Personal Information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for (namely, to provide you with the benefits of participating in our programs) or to comply with relevant legal, tax, and/or accounting requirements in the pertinent jurisdiction. Periodically, and at least once every four years, we delete Personal Information of persons who no longer participate, retaining only enough Personal Information to ensure that persons who have opted out of Technovation communications are not opted back in to receive such communications.

ii. Data Breach Notification

In the event of any data breach, we will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so. For EU data subjects, we shall notify the competent supervisory authority of any data breach that is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons within 72 hours of the breach, or else accompany our notification with reasons for the delay. This notification shall describe the nature of the Personal Information at risk, including the categories and approximate number of data subjects concerned, the name and contact details of the data protection officer, the likely consequences of the breach, and the measures taken to address the breach. We will also notify you without undue delay of any data breach that is likely to result in a high risk to your rights and freedoms.

iii. Updates to the Privacy Policy

Technovation may amend the Privacy Policy at any time, as necessary to comply with evolving international data privacy standards and regulations. Please check the Privacy Policy page ( periodically for changes. We will post a notice on this website if and when this policy changes to alert visitors that a new policy is in place. We will also revise the “Change Log” posted at the top of this Policy to reflect the date of the most recent update. Information collected prior to the time any change is posted will be used according to the privacy policy and applicable laws in place at the time the information was collected. To the extent permitted by applicable law, your continued use of the Websites indicates your acceptance of the updated Privacy Policy.

6. Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of all Personal Information, including that of child users, we have put in place physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to protect the Personal Information we collect online. No data transmission over the Internet, however, can be guaranteed to be completely secure. While we strive to protect your Personal Information, Technovation cannot completely ensure or warrant the security of personally identifiable information you provide to us.

7. School Privacy

In some circumstances, we may permit a school to register students to our service for the purpose of providing educational services. Because Technovation provides the Websites to schools to benefit and enhance the school’s curriculum, Technovation relies on the school to obtain and provide appropriate consent, if needed, to collect Personal Information of students.

8. Third-Party Links 

The Websites currently interact with the following third-party services that may have access to the Personal Information provided by the user as part of creating an account on the Websites. We use these third-parties to provide services on our behalf, assist us in providing new features, benefits, or service enhancements; enhance targeted advertising based on your browsing activities, interests and relevant geographical location; apply market research to generate audience insights; and develop and improve programs and products.

Technovation is not responsible for the privacy practices of these third-party services, although we try to provide the minimal Personal Information necessary to use them. Please note that this Privacy Policy does not apply to those websites or services, so make sure to review their applicable third-party data policies:

Facebook – (advertising)

Google Analytics – (website user analytics)

Heroku – (website hosting)

LearnWorlds – (curriculum access)

LinkedIn – (advertising)

Mailchimp – (newsletter outreach)

Salesforce – (email outreach)

If you enter into a transaction on a third-party website, we are not responsible for the content or availability of the linked website. If you enter into a transaction on the third-party website, we do not represent either the third party or you. We encourage you to read the privacy policies and terms and conditions of any linked or referenced third-party websites you enter. These third-party websites may use their own cookies and tracking devices, log your IP address, and otherwise collect data or solicit your Personal Information.

9. Privacy by Design Standard

As we carry out all of our operations and programs, we are committed to protecting the privacy of your Personal Information. To this end, no project or program shall be implemented without consideration of the risks to data privacy and implementation of any necessary measures to protect your privacy rights.

10. Implementation and Sanctions

Any Technovation employee, volunteer, service provider, or contractor who has access to Personal Information shall be trained on the content of the Privacy Policy and shall agree not to use the Personal Information collected for a purpose not authorized by this policy.

Technovation conducts regular reviews and monitoring of its workforce members’ use and disclosure of Personal Information.

To the extent that Technovation contracts for the receipt of services from any service provider or contractor, the contract between Technovation and the service provider or contractor shall include provisions to ensure compliance with applicable privacy laws

11. Contact Us

If you wish to discuss any issues relating to privacy or your Personal Information that you have provided to us, would like to exercise any of the rights outlined in the Privacy Policy, or have any questions or comments regarding the Privacy Policy, please contact us at [email protected].