Virtual World Summit

August 12 and 13, 2021


A virtual celebration

Why you should attend World Summit

Technovation’s World Summit is where girls, technology, entrepreneurship, and social good intersect. Join us online on August 12-13, 2021 for a global celebration of girls changing the world with tech.

  • Connect with the global Technovation community
  • Watch students pitch their tech ideas live
  • Join technology workshops, career panels, and hear from inspiring speakers
  • Support young people ready to solve the world’s most pressing problems


Sessions & Speakers

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And explore our World Summit Guide to help you figure out which sessions you want to attend the most.

See what's on the schedule

Heather Knight, General Manager at Baxter International Inc.

Heather currently serves as the General Manger for Baxter International. She and her team are responsible for all aspects of US commercialization including sales/national accounts, marketing, commercial operations and acquisition integration. Heather has nearly 25 years of Medtech industry experience having worked for a number of businesses within the Tyco Healthcare, Covidien and Medtronic organizations. Heather graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She also successfully completed Executive courses at the University of Chicago Booth School of Management as well as the Aspire Global Executive Leadership Program.

Mari Copeny, "Little Miss Flint", Activist & Philanthropist

13-year-old activist, philanthropist, and “future president” Mari Copeny is on the front lines helping kids to embrace their power through equal opportunity. When the Flint Water Crisis began in Flint instead of feeling helpless Mari decided to use her voice to help out her community and to fight for the kids in Flint and she has not stopped since. Since then she has expanded her effort to help communities across the nation dealing with toxic water.

“My generation will fix this mess of a government. Watch us.”

Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education

Ms Stefania Giannini was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top UN official in the field. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4 “to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
She has also been closely involved in an advisory capacity with the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.

Lilia Lobato

Lilia Lobato is a B.Sc. electronics engineering graduate and B.Sc. computer science engineering student at ITESO and is part of the Functional Validation group at Intel. In 2015 she participated in the Technovation Challenge competition with her project “OOL”, a mobile platform that seeks to connect volunteers with active volunteering opportunities in their area; this project led her to participate in the World Summit held in San Francisco, USA, winning the overall first place
worldwide, being the first Mexican and Latin American to accomplish such a feat.
Lilia's experience in the technological development field has made her realize the
importance of having female role models in the industry, which is why she began to
participate in forums, seminars and workshops, with the purpose of attracting more women
to participate in the STEM fields. Based on such background, in 2018, MIT Mexico offered
her the opportunity to be a mentor in its Beautiful Patterns program, and Technovation
Challenge welcomed her to be part of its ambassadors group.


Season Results

Meet the Teams!

Learn about the top apps from the 2021 season and the girls who built them!
These young women are tackling problems like access to clean drinking water, domestic violence, gender equality, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic—watch their pitch videos and get ready to meet them during the Technology Showcase Demo

Meet the teams

2021 World Summit Sponsors + Event Leaders

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.

Technovation Funders

Sponsor World Summit
Help us make World Summit even more spectacular this year as a sponsor
> Get in touch with Shivani to learn more.


Attend our Benefit

Help us Celebrate 15 Years of empowering girls in STEM

Over the past 15 years, Technovation has empowered~300,000 young people to develop coding skills so they can solve real-world problems like poverty, climate change, and access to education.

But we need your help to make sure we can spend the next 15 years supporting even more girls to become leaders and innovators.

We've set a goal to raise $100,000 to support the local ambassadors who run our programs in their communities every year. We're hoping to raise these funds by Technovation’s 15 Year Anniversary Benefit on August 12 at 4:00 PM PDT.

Join us at the benefit, and donate today to enable Technovation’s local heroes volunteering in communities around the world to serve more girls and protect the hard-won gains of the past 15 years!


Help us raise $100,000 to support our local program leaders to engage girls in STEM education

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