The final event of the 2022-2023 Technovation Girls season
Our 2023 season was our largest year yet, setting new records for student participation. Out of 21,000 girls around the world, 15 teams moved on to the final round of the competition. These 15 teams flew to Silicon Valley for a week of community, learning, and fun, including the final pitch event on October 5, 2023.
Technovation Girls start their journeys as innovators and leaders by developing solutions to real problems with tech entrepreneurship.
They develop an entrepreneurial mindset that makes them resilient, resourceful, and solutions oriented.
They are lifelong knowledge-seekers who are curious and creative, as well as critical thinkers.
Meet the Top Technovation Girls Teams
Learn about the strongest apps from the 2023 season and the girls who built them!
These young women are tackling problems like access to education, elder care, sex education, accessibility and so much more. Watch their pitch videos to learn more about their amazing visions for the future.
World Summit 2023: Final Pitch & Award Ceremony
The Technovation community celebrated the end of an amazing season on October 5th, 2023, generously hosted by Synopsys.
- Technovation alumnae gave inspirational speeches about their journeys in tech
- Finalist teams pitched their projects live to panels of industry experts
- 2023 Season prizes were awarded
We’ll be sharing more in the days and weeks to come, but see a snapshot below!
If Technovation has been able to do this alone all these years, can you imagine what we can accomplish if we combine our collective resources? We can do much, hence our ambition to empower 25 million Future Shapers. So, all partners, we invite you: come with us.
—Wycliffe Otieno, Senior Adviser, Education, United Nations Children Fund
The next step for you is to not stop...I challenge every single one of you to find spaces where you don't see reflections of yourself and put yourself in there. Take up space.
– Victory Yinka-Banjo, Technovation alumna
The number of girls who competed in Techonvation Girls this year could have filled Madison Square Garden. That's a full stadium of girls with the courage to pick a problem and try to solve it.
— Tara Chklovski, Founder & CEO, Technovation
Judges, Speakers, and Sponsors
World Summit Judges
Associate Director of Emerging Technologies Lab, Ernst & Young
VP Software Development, Oracle
Sr. Manager of Nonprofit Partnerships, ServiceNow
Director of Engineering, Shopify
Senior Director, Technical Program Management, Shopify
Technology Correspondent, Financial Times
VP Information Technology, Spectris
Group Director of R&D Engineering, Synopsys
VP Application Engineering, Synopsys
Sr. Scientist, TE Connectivity
Sr. Scientist, TE Connectivity
Chief of Education and Adolescent Development, UNICEF
Victory Yinka-Banjo | Keynote Speaker
Victory is a third-year undergraduate student at MIT whose interest in technology was first sparked in 2018 when she took part in the Technovation Challenge while in high school. Currently, she is studying Computer Science and Molecular Biology and is passionate about research that intersects computer science, data science, molecular biology, and engineering. Due to her enthusiasm for research, Victory has been engaged in advanced undergraduate research at MIT since her freshman year. She has also received awards for her contributions, and she aspires to pursue her interests in graduate school, focusing on Computational Biology and/or AI applications in the life sciences.
On campus, Victory is actively involved with the African Students’ Association and the MIT Biotech Group, where she holds leadership positions. Additionally, she is a dedicated member of the Black Women's Alliance and MIT Cru, a Christian group on campus. Her commitment to these groups has also earned her recognition through awards. During her leisure time, she indulges in writing and performing spoken word poetry. Through her performances, she shares her experiences both within and beyond MIT, offering a perspective as an international Nigerian student.
When she's not absorbed in academic pursuits, research, or spoken word, you can find Victory spending time with friends, immersing herself in a good book, working out, or practicing hair braiding—a skill she acquired upon moving to the US.
Jenny Xu | Keynote Speaker
Jenny Xu is a long-distance runner, programmer, gamer, Forbes 30 Under 30: Games recipient, and CEO of Talofa Games. She started making games and running at age 12, and in her 12 years in the gaming industry, she’s shipped 10 titles on the mobile app stores with over 10 million downloads. Jenny participated in Technovation in 2014, and was the grand prize winner of the Niantic Beyond Reality Contest in 2019, right after she graduated from MIT studying Computer Science. She founded and was the lead game developer (and only developer) at JCSoft Inc., an independent game company making experimental horror-comedy mobile games. While at JCSoft, she worked with Niantic to create new augmented reality and location-based experiences on their platform. She later co-founded the fitness gaming studio Talofa Games, where she is CEO. Talofa recently shipped a mobile game called Run Legends, which was featured by both Apple and Google on launch. She's also previously worked at Google, N3TWORK, and EA.
Tara Chklovski | Founder & CEO, Technovation
Technovation has empowered 400,000 participants across 120+ countries to tackle local problems using cutting-edge technologies (mobile and AI). Tara has been featured in the award-winning documentary Codegirl, and named “the pioneer empowering the incredible tech girls of the future” by Forbes. Technovation recently released a strategic plan to empower 25 million girls with AI & technology entrepreneurship skills over the coming years - to meet the UN 2030 Sustainable Development goals.
2023 World Summit Sponsors + Partners
We are so grateful for the support of our World Summit sponsors and organizations volunteering their time as event speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders—thank you.