World Summit

Meet us online
on August 13 and 14 2020

A virtual celebration

Join us online for the 2020 Technovation World Summit

Join us on August 13th and August 14th to celebrate the families and girls around the world who are using technology to change their communities.

>Meet the Technovation Families finalists and regional winners.

>Meet the Technovation Girls finalists and regional winners.

Tell us who you think should win the 2020 People's Choice Award!

Cast your vote

Agenda: August 13


Transcend Workshop
2:20 pm UTC / 7:20 am PDT

Learn how to build a better user experience with data privacy.

New Partners Panel
2:20 pm UTC / 7:20 am PDT

Hear from Technovation community partners and alumni about their experience, and how you can bring Technovation to your community.

HSBC Panel Discussion
4:00 pm UTC / 9:00 am PDT

Take a virtual tour of HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world.

Google DialogFlow
4:00 pm UTC / 9:00 am PDT

Understand how to design a conversational user interface into your next project.

Nuance Workshop
6:00 pm UTC / 11:00 am PDT

Join a conversation to learn what it takes to be a female professional in the tech industry.

Agenda: August 14


Autodesk Workshop
2:15 pm UTC / 7:15 am PDT

Learn how innovators use nature as a design partner by exploring biomimicry to inspire product designs.

Parent Workshop
2:15 pm UTC / 7:15 am PDT

Learn strategies to reduce stress while helping your child build the critical skills they will need for the future.

Sparkfun Workshop
4:00 pm UTC / 9:00 am PDT

Explore benefits and pitfalls of hardware platforms and programmable electronics for your next project.

Mentor Workshop
4:00 pm UTC / 9:00 am PDT

Learn how to build meaningful a mentorship and support network as a virtual mentor.

This is only a list of workshops. To see the full World Summit 2020 Agenda, get your tickets and follow the emailed instructions to register on Pathable, our event platform. 

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2020 World Summit Speakers

Jasmin Moghbeli

August 13: 5:30 pm UTC / 10:30 am PDT
Jasmin Moghbeli was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. She reported for duty in August 2017 and having completed the initial astronaut candidate training, is now eligible for a mission assignment.

The New York native earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with Information Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Engineering Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Moghbeli, an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot and Marine Corps test pilot, has completed over 150 combat missions and 2,000 hours of flight time in over 25 different aircrafts.

Marian Croak

August 13: 5:00 pm UTC / 10:00 am PDT
Marian Croak is the Vice President of Site Reliability Engineering for Ads, Corporate Engineering and YouTube, at Google, Inc. Marian joined Google in late 2014 after retiring from AT&T as an SVP responsible for advanced research and innovation, and designing and developing one of the world's largest wireless and broadband networks. She managed over 2,000 world class engineers and computer scientists. Marian holds over 200 patents mostly focused on IP technology. Marian has received numerous awards, including the 2013 and 2014 Edison Patent Awards, was inducted into the Women in Technology International's Hall of Fame in 2013. She is a strong supporter of STEM initiatives, served on many boards including NACME and Catalyst, and personally mentors many individuals in STEM.

Marian attended Princeton University, and the University of Southern California where she received her doctorate in quantitative analysis. She is currently a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the University of Southern California.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

August 13: 5:00 pm UTC / 10:00 am PDT
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women since August 2013, served as Deputy President of South Africa from 2005-2008, before which she held Ministerial positions and was a Member of Parliament.

Focusing on human rights, equality and social justice, she began as a teacher, gaining international experience at the World YWCA. She founded the non-profit Umlambo Foundation.

Tara Chklovski

August 13: 2:00pm UTC / 7:00am PDT; 4:00pm UTC / 9:00am PDT;
5:00 pm UTC / 10:00 am PDT

August 14: 5:30 pm UTC / 10:30 am PDT

Tara Chklovski is CEO and founder of global tech education nonprofit Technovation. Technovation runs two competitions through which it empowers underserved communities (especially women and girls) to tackle community problems using cutting-edge technologies (mobile and AI).

Prominently featured in the award-winning documentary Codegirl, Forbes named Chklovski “the pioneer empowering the incredible tech girls of the future” for her work encouraging the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

A STEM education advocate, she led the 2019 education track at the UN’s AI for Good Global Summit, presenting Technovation's findings at SXSW EDU, UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week, Mobile World Congress L.A., the International Joint Conference on AI, and the Global Partnership on AI for Humanity convened by the French Government.

Since its founding in 2006, Technovation has engaged more than 130,000 children, parents, mentors, and educators in its mobile and AI programs in 100+ countries.

Kate Parker

August 14: 2:00 pm UTC / 7:00 am PDT
Kate Parker is the global Head of Marketing at Transcend, the leading data privacy infrastructure company backed by Accel and Index Ventures.

Prior to Transcend, Kate was the Global Marketing Director at Uber. She led product marketing, brand, and strategic initiative teams for Uber's top business priority, Consumer Safety, across all platforms and products.

Before Uber, Kate led Google's $50 million technology diversity initiative, widening perceptions on computer science, and inspiring millions of girls to learn to code. Earlier, she ran Global Communications and Public Affairs for Google's $1 billion social impact organization, building Google's first-ever Global Impact Challenge—a landmark community program that remains a critical strategic fixture for Google nearly a decade later.

Kate's philanthropy efforts include serving on the board for the global nonprofit Technovation, University of Pennsylvania Athletics, and the Ad Council.

Natalie Cook

August 14: 5:30 pm UTC / 10:30 am PDT
Natalie Cook has become the first Australian woman to compete at five Olympic Games: 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games. Few athletes can boast of even coming close to this incredible achievement.

Nat has written a book, “Go Girl”, and is in the middle of writing another one to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of her gold medal win. She is also a proud mum and passionately shares her message of resilience, commitment and dreaming big to audiences all over the world.

The thing that keeps Nat awake at night with excitement is the opportunity to bring the 2032 Olympic Games to her hometown of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Today, Nat is one of the world’s most sought-after inspirational speakers, and is passionate about helping others all around the world achieve their dreams and goals.

World Summit Judges

We are honored to welcome judges from leading tech companies to help select top-placing teams for the 2020 Technovation Girls and Technovation Families season. We extend our deepest thank-yous to:

Alexandra Fraiz, Global Sales and Admissions Director, Draper University; Amy Alvarez, AT&T, Executive Director; Dana Jawad Amro, Program Officer, Dubai Cares; Diana Biggs, Global Head of Innovation, HSBC; Gene Fernandez, CTO, FactSet; June Sugiyama,Director of Vodafone’s America Foundation; Mareme Dieng, Head of Partnerships and International Relations, Draper University; Namrata M. Banerjee, Director, VentureBridge Accelerator Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship; Sana Khareghani, Deputy Director, Head of Office for Artificial Intelligence; Schwin Chiaravanont; Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blueprint Forest; Serena Kao, Founder and CEO of GoPurpose & GoNatuur; Susan Moore, CVP of Government Relations and Public Affairs at AMD; Yizel Viscarra, Sr. Data Scientist at Autodesk.


We are deeply grateful for the support of our partners and funders

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Frequently Asked Questions

We hope you’ll join us on August 13th and 14th for our online World Summit – everyone in the Technovation community is invited.  An online-only event is a first for us, but we can’t wait to celebrate this wonderful community and everything you’ve accomplished this year.

We’ve answered some big questions below to help you get ready.


Who can attend World Summit? 

Everyone is welcome! We have workshops and discussions for everyone: students, parents, mentors, community and corporate partners, chapter and student ambassadors, alumni, and more!

Where will World Summit take place?

We will be using the events platform Pathable! You will receive access to Pathable a week and a half before the event if you have registered for World Summit. You will have access to the entire schedule, speakers’ information, and the ability to set up your own personal profile. Keep an eye out for an email with more information.

What time is World Summit?

Day 1: August 13, 2020

7:00am PDT (2:00pm UTC): World Summit Day 1 kick off
12:30pm PDT (7:30pm UTC): End of Day One 

Day 2: August 14, 220

7:00am PDT (2:00pm UTC): World Summit Day 2 kick off
11:30am PDT (6:30pm UTC): Awards Ceremony and World Summit closing 

Full Agenda coming soon! You will also be able to access the full schedule on Pathable a week and a half before the event.

Where can I register for World Summit?

Register here. You can  share this link with family and friends who are interested in attending. Everyone must register individually.

Is World Summit free to attend?


When will the awards be given out?

Finalist winners will be announced on Day 2 during the Awards Ceremony, starting at 11:30 am PDT. Don’t miss out! 

Will World Summit be recorded?

Yes! Each session and speaker will be recorded. You can find all recordings on the Pathable platform after the event. 

About Technovation World Summit

Technovation World Summit (formerly known as World Pitch) is a week long networking opportunity that brings together finalists from our global girls’ and families‘ programs to learn more about AI, mobile app development, and creative problem solving. The week’s events all build up to the finalist’s Championship Event on August 13, where they pitch their mobile app and AI solutions to real-world problems to a panel of judges from the tech industry. At the Championship Event winners are named in several categories.