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More Conversation - MeetUps, Groups, Hangouts

This is a place to make plans to connect outside of P2PU, online through Google Hangouts, or through in-person regional events.

Here are some ideas for getting together:

  • Plan a Hack Day (one day App Inventor training - see fall course) with other teams in your area.
  • Plan a group field trip to a tech company with other teams in your area. If there are no tech companies in your area, perhaps you can get together and watch the field trip videos (see fall course).
  • Plan a mentor mixer (social meeting) for professional women in your area. You may want to partner with a local group such as Women 2.0 or NYTechWomen.
  • Plan a career day where teams can meet other mentors in the area and learn more about what they do.
  • Teams that are participating in Technovation Challenge a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time can mentor a sister team, e.g. a team new to Technovation. Depending on where they are located, they may meet in person or virtually to help guide them through the Challenge.


Planning an event? Looking for a sister team? Want to connect with other teams in your area? Post your ideas here. 

Task Discussion

  • Lycée Français de San Francisco said:


    I totally understand... Thanks for the nice work ;O)


    on April 16, 2013, 1:55 p.m.
  • Lycée Français de San Francisco said:

    Hi everyone,

    Reading the last blog, I'd like to add some thoughts. Our team made an app (Swap it) that actually works with a real database, so it's possible that many others did the same. If mentors only look at screen shots, I'm affraid they won't get all the work the girls did.

    Thank you,


    on April 16, 2013, 12:33 p.m.

    Belinda said:

    Lycee, I get the concern and I'm trying really hard to view the code and actually load the app. This is the first year that judging is working like this and there's obviously some kinks to work out. 

    I have a running list of recommendations for next year already that I'll share with Tahani, Annalise, etc. :-) 


    on April 16, 2013, 12:57 p.m. in reply to Lycée Français de San Francisco
  • Belinda said:

    For those of you mentors that are judging, are you having trouble with AppInventor? I'm having server errors each time I try to upload the team's zip file. :( I want to make sure I'm judging them fairly and it's hard to judge the app demo part when I can't try out the app... 

    on April 16, 2013, 12:51 a.m.

    Ina said:

    I had the same problem yesterday afternoon (California time). I just kept trying (while working on something else) and at some point it actually worked.

    on April 16, 2013, 11:54 a.m. in reply to Belinda

    Belinda said:

    Ok, cool. I'l keep trying. In the meantime, I've judged them based on screenshots but I think seeing the code could help improve their "understanding programming" score. 

    on April 16, 2013, 12:15 p.m. in reply to Ina

    Rebecca said:

    Same problem yestserday afternoon in Minneapolis. Kept trying;  eventually it worked.  But good to know that this is a system problem and not something weird in my set up.  Thanks all.

    on April 16, 2013, 12:27 p.m. in reply to Belinda

    Akilah said:

    I'm having the same issue (waving from Atlanta, GA!!!)

    on April 17, 2013, 6:31 p.m. in reply to Rebecca

    Angelica said:

    Thanks everyone for their persistence. I know some teams included either app demos in their videos and/or screenshots in their slides, so hopefully this will help sort out the rubric for some teams.

    on April 17, 2013, 6:34 p.m. in reply to Akilah
  • Ruth said:

    We are  trying to join the hangout. The odds are against us as this computer is about to die. We will fight to the end:) but it looks dubious...

    on April 13, 2013, 7:52 p.m.

    Angelica said:

    Ruth, it was fun seeing your team on the hangout! Good job again getting everything in.

    on April 17, 2013, 6:32 p.m. in reply to Ruth

    Ruth said:

    Thanks Angelica�It was good to talk with you too. Hopefully we get a chance to talk again when I'm under less pressure. We pulled it off somehow, even though our audio/video is out of sync�..but it was a time of desperate measures. I'm SO SO SO proud of the girls - Their parents don't even understand what they are doing, but see it as a chance for a good future. Their teacher was not involved. They overcame so many challenges to get where they are�but we focused on their strengths and it all works out and they are happy. Thanks again and take care, Ruth On 4/17/13 3:32 PM, "AngelicaTechnovation" <
    on April 17, 2013, 10:22 p.m. in reply to Angelica
  • Natalie H. said:

    Hi Mentors!

    I am a technovation challenge mentor in NYC and I wanted to share this event I'm organizing since it's particularly relevant to women in tech.

    Thoughtworks, the software company I work for, is hosting a documentary screening, charity auction and social mixer to celebrate International Womens Day this Friday 8th March from 6pm - 10:30pm in NYCThe documentary we'll show is "Makers: Women Who Make America" . Food & drinks are provided.

    This is a free public event so please share it with anyone you think might be interested. We're particularly encouraging men to attend too! 


    More information and event registration is here:



    on March 4, 2013, 7:44 p.m.

    Angelica said:

    Natalie, what a cool event at Thoughtworks! Thanks for sharing. We will share through our social media too. Send us pictures and we can post those as well.

    on March 4, 2013, 8:41 p.m. in reply to Natalie H.
  • JennaB said:

    Greeting Teachers and Mentors!

    I'll be hosting another Google Hangout on 1.11.2013 at 5pm EST. Anyone is free to join our informal chat where we can exchange expereinces regarding Technovation Challenge thus far. 

    The link to the hangout will be posted on this thread 20min before we will start. If you are interested just click and join. If you have any questions post on this thread!



    on Jan. 8, 2013, 5:43 p.m.

    JennaB said:

    Looking forward to seeing everyone!


    on Jan. 11, 2013, 4:45 p.m. in reply to JennaB
  • JennaB said:

    Hi Teachers and Mentors!

    Happy New year!


    I'll be hosting another Google Hangout on 1.7.2013 at 5pm EST. Anyone is free to join our informal chat where we can exchange expereinces regarding Technovation Challenge thus far. 

    The link to the hangout will be posted on this thread 20min before we will start. If you are interested just click and join. If you have any questions e-mail




    on Jan. 2, 2013, 2:47 p.m.

    JennaB said:

    Looking forward to seeing those who would like to join!


    on Jan. 7, 2013, 4:43 p.m. in reply to JennaB
  • Kamilah said:

    Jo and I have created a LinkedIn group for the San Francisco South Bay mentors. We'll post updates about meetups and training sessions and answer any questions you have!

    Come join!

    on Dec. 5, 2012, 5:20 p.m.
  • Technovation said:


    Greetings Technovation Mentors! Jenna from the Technovation team will be hosting an informal Google Hangout today 12/5 at 5pm EST. During the hangout we can exchange expereinces regarding Technovation Challenge thus far. Jenna will also be available to answer questions and help brainstorm.

    The link to the hangout will be posted on this thread 20min before we will start. If you are interested just click and join. If you have any questions e-mail

    *You need a microphone and a webcam to participate. Limit to hangouts typically exceeds at 10. We will host more sessions throughout the season.

    See you soon!

    -Technovation Team

    on Dec. 5, 2012, 4 p.m.

    Technovation said:


    Hi Everyone! Here is the link:


    on Dec. 5, 2012, 4:39 p.m. in reply to Technovation

    Technovation said:


    Hi Everyone we are hosting another G+ hangout today. Join us!
    Below is the link for the G+ Hangout if you would like to join today. Looking forward to meeting some of you! We will start in ~15 mins or so.

    on Dec. 13, 2012, 4:55 p.m. in reply to Technovation
  • Angelica said:

    New York, NY - Dec 3, 2012

    NYTechWomen is having its first birthday party at Knewton and you're invited! Although this is not a Technovation-specific event, some of our current and previous mentors in NYC will be attending. This will be a fun networking event with other tech women. I will be attending.

    Donations go toward food and drink, but Jenn is also giving me a promotional code (50% off) for Technovation mentors. Email me if you would lke the code (angelica at iridescentlearning dot org).

    on Nov. 27, 2012, 5:22 a.m.

    Natalie H. said:

    Hi, I would love to attend! Could you please let me know the promo code? Will you be at the event too? I hope there is a way I can find the other Mentors who are there - it would be great to meet and talk to them in person. Thanks, Natalie.
    on Nov. 30, 2012, 1:01 a.m. in reply to Angelica

    Angelica said:

    I will be there on Monday and I just emailed you the code, Natalie. Other NYC mentors have also said they plan to attend. I look forward to meeting you. Have a great weekend!

    on Nov. 30, 2012, 1:55 p.m. in reply to Natalie H.
  • Angelica said:

    Vancouver, Canada - Dec 8, 2012

    Hi Technovation mentors and teachers, I just wanted to share an invite to a Technovation Canada kick-off in Vancouver, which is for networking and mentor recruitment. The Aga Khan Education Board for Canada has put together this great event. If you are in the area or have contacts in the area, please share this invite.

    on Nov. 27, 2012, 5:14 a.m.