Virtual World Summit
A virtual celebration
About World Summit
Technovation’s World Summit is where girls, technology, entrepreneurship, and social good intersect. In August 2021, girls and volunteers around the world joined us for a global celebration of girls changing the world with tech. World Summit included:
- Connecting with the global Technovation community
- Students pitched their tech ideas live
- Technology workshops, career panels, and inspiring speakers
2021 Review: Speakers and Sponsors
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.
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 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.
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
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.