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Welcome and Introduce Yourself!

Welcome to Technovation Challenge!

This course is a space for mentors and teachers everywhere to chat about their professional challenges, and to share experiences and best practices for working with your teams of Technovation girls. As part of the course, we included places where you can connect and post events and meetings ("meetups") in your area. You can also arrange virtual meetings ("hangouts") to connect with mentors and teachers from around the world.

We have included resources to help guide your personal development. These resources are optional and can be used to start conversations on P2PU, virtual hangouts, or meetups. They may also be helpful during your mentoring experience. Please share your own resources such as links to videos and articles. We will be adding a section for Technovation-specific tips and strategies. 

Special thanks to the volunteer NYC-based professional women's group So What's On Your Plate for putting together the resources for this course. 

“So What’s On Your Plate” (SWOYP) is a global community that focuses on bringing a diverse group of ambitious women together to foster friendships, build skills relevant to their lifestyles, and give them an avenue to make an impact in their local communities. 

You can connect with SWOYP on Facebook and Twitter.

Introduce yourself to other mentors and teachers by adding a comment to this task.

Note: Please be sure to review and follow our  P2PU posting guidelines.

Task Discussion

  • Ashley said:

    Hello and Happy New Years!

    I am a science teacher in Redwood City, CA and am very much looking forward to this year's Technovation Challenge!  I am looking for one another mentor for Sequoia High School's Techovation team, and would love to hear from anyone who may be interested.

    Ashley Dever

    on Jan. 4, 2013, 9:22 p.m.
  • Swetha said:

    Hi, My name is Swetha and I am Software Engineer at Waters Corp. in Massachusetts.  This is my first time as a mentor at the Technovation challenge.  I am really excited about mentoriing a team.  I am looking forward to mentoring students at the AMSA Charter School in Marlborough and sharing my knowledge and experience within in the field.

    on Jan. 2, 2013, 2:41 p.m.

    JennaB said:

    Welcome Swetha! We are so excited to have you join us!

    on Jan. 2, 2013, 3:06 p.m. in reply to Swetha

    TahaniZ said:

    I'm glad you're all set up Swetha!


    on Jan. 2, 2013, 3:24 p.m. in reply to Swetha
  • Jo said:

    I took photos at the SF South Bay Mentor Recruitment event. Enjoy!



    Note: If you are in these photos and do not want me to have them up, please let me know and send me a link to which photo, so that I may respect your privacy. Thanks!

    on Dec. 20, 2012, 8:03 p.m.

    Belinda said:

    Wow, thanks Jo! These are fabulous! Hope you're taking pics at the Stanford Hack Day too! :) 

    on Dec. 20, 2012, 9:10 p.m. in reply to Jo

    annalise said:

    Thanks for posting, Jo! You are an awesome photographer :)


    on Dec. 21, 2012, 3:34 p.m. in reply to Belinda

    dackner said:

    I'm out of the office and away from my mail for a while. I'll read your mail when I return. Thanks, Dalia
    on Dec. 21, 2012, 3:35 p.m. in reply to annalise
  • Ms. B. said:

    Hi all!

    I'm Elaine and I teach Computer Science at South Gate High School in Southern California.  I have 9 girls who are very excited about Technovation, but we're looking for a mentor.  I have a software background so I can help with the many of the technical aspects of this program, but I have no clue about the business aspects.

    It's going to be fun!


    on Dec. 20, 2012, 4:46 p.m.

    dackner said:

    I'm out of the office and away from my mail for a while. I'll read your mail when I return. Thanks, Dalia
    on Dec. 20, 2012, 4:46 p.m. in reply to Ms. B.

    annalise said:

    Thanks for posting, Elaine! Hopefully you can find a business-savvy mentor to pair with.


    on Dec. 21, 2012, 3:40 p.m. in reply to Ms. B.
  • aneesa jamal said:

    Hi all


    I'm with a team of Middle school girls from Chennai India. They are superexcited to be a part of Technovation!!!!

    We need a mentor - couldn't find anyone closer than Yemen on the map! Any mentors in India?

    If someone in the US can adjust to a 12 hour difference, we are game for a remote mentor also!



    Aneesa Jamal



    on Dec. 18, 2012, 1:23 a.m.

    dackner said:

    I'm out of the office and away from my mail for a while. I'll read your mail when I return. Thanks, Dalia
    on Dec. 18, 2012, 1:26 a.m. in reply to aneesa jamal

    TahaniZ said:

    Hi Aneesa,

    Welcome to Technovation! We're excited you're joining us too. Are there any companies or organizations near by that you can reach out to? Or maybe companies at least in India just so you don't have to keep working around the 12-hr difference? You can find email templates here if you want to reach out. 

    Here are some examples, but I'm sure you know the area better and can probably find more companies and organizations:

    Women's India Trust:

    Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs:

    Consortium of Women Entrepreneurs of India:

    Small Industry Development Organization:

    National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (help women entrepreneurs):


    Alternatively, you can find another teacher to help you and lead the teams yourself! Let me know what you think :)


    on Dec. 18, 2012, 9:42 a.m. in reply to aneesa jamal

    aneesa jamal said:

    Hi Tahani

    Thanks!!! Those are a great list of resources - will try to contact them for a name. 

    I will be contacting local software companies too - a dime a dozen here right! LOL. Just not sure if I would find someone with appropriate experience.

    My team is pretty young - middle schoolers, so I thought an experienced mentor would be great.

    I may be able to take them thru the business planning part of the pitch challenge , but need someone on the tech side for app inventor.

    Thanks again and keep in touch -



    Al Qamar Academy

    on Dec. 18, 2012, 10:33 a.m. in reply to TahaniZ

    TahaniZ said:

    Glad you found the resources helpful! I love that you're willing in guiding the girls through the business piece :)

    Keep in mind the mentors don't need to be too technical as App Inventor is gmadefor beginners. So any woman can go through the Hack Day tutorials and help her be more confident in leading the teams, or just learn alongside the students. I personally don't have any CS background, and helped teams last year troubleshoot with app inventor! It's really not that hard. And we have several returning mentors and CS teachers on P2PU as well who can offer help and feedback.

    Anyways, best of luck with your search, and keep us posted on how it goes!


    on Dec. 18, 2012, 3:36 p.m. in reply to aneesa jamal

    dackner said:

    I'm out of the office and away from my mail for a while. I'll read your mail when I return. Thanks, Dalia
    on Dec. 18, 2012, 3:37 p.m. in reply to TahaniZ
  • Mark Frey said:

    I have a group of girls who have started the course at Skyline High here in Oakland. I thought we had a mentor, but something came up at the last minute and she was not able to do it. We need a mentor. We came to UCB on Saturday and will be meeting once a week in my computer lab here at school. We are in the Oakland Hills.

    on Dec. 17, 2012, 6:55 p.m.
  • Galina Momcheva said:


    It's a new chalenge for me to paricipate as a mentor in this initiative!

    I don't know how successful I'll manage the girls' team smiley

    Up to now I've lead mainly teams of boys or girls individually!

    We've done our Hack Day today! 

    It was so rainy, but we are content! (for today)


    I wonder how to apply this positive initiative with my students at my university smiley

    on Dec. 17, 2012, 3:55 p.m.

    annalise said:

    Welcome, Galina! Congratulations on completing your hack day. Glad to hear it went well!


    on Dec. 17, 2012, 9:15 p.m. in reply to Galina Momcheva

    dackner said:

    I'm out of the office and away from my mail for a while. I'll read your mail when I return. Thanks, Dalia
    on Dec. 17, 2012, 9:16 p.m. in reply to annalise
  • Iulia Cosman said:

    Hi there,

    I'm iulia, I'm an SDE at Amazon in Toronto, Canada. This is my first year mentoring and I'm very excited!



    on Dec. 16, 2012, 4:48 p.m.

    Angelica said:

    Hi Julia!

    We are so excited about our Toronto teams this year. Welcome!


    on Dec. 17, 2012, 10:42 a.m. in reply to Iulia Cosman

    Humberside CI (G. Hutchison) said:


    I just wanted to share with you that unfortunately the public secondary school board in Ontario (Toronto) is not participating in extra-curricular activities until the provincial government repeals controversial legislation related to education. Hopefully the issues can be resolved before the weekly Technovation program starts, but at this point I've had to postpone any club activities.

    Of course, any schools from independent schools or an alternative board in Toronto could be participating this year. 

    We are all hoping for a quick resolution (including my 2 teams that are ready to start in January). Our mentors have agreed to visit our classrooms in the spring as an alternative which is great, but a weekly project-based program would be so much more rewarding.


    Grant Hutchison

    TDSB, Humberside CI

    on Dec. 17, 2012, 10:55 a.m. in reply to Angelica

    Angelica said:

    Thanks, Grant. Gillian had let me know. I hope everything works out soon. Thanks for getting your teams started.

    on Dec. 17, 2012, 12:10 p.m. in reply to Humberside CI (G. Hutchison)
  • chinmauche said:

    Hello, I am a high school teacher in Hartford, Connecticut who is looking for mentors for each of our three teams.  We are an interdistrict magnet school receiving students from more than 23 school districts.  My school day is from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM. I have a strong computer science program but have not been able to engage a significant number of the girls.  The Technovation Challenge has enabled me to recruit 15 girls in three teams given the promise that the students will work with external mentors. I would greatly appreciate any person who can help support these wonderful students and help them make a further leap in exploring Computer Science.  The teams want to meet after school on Thursdays or Fridays from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.  Saturday is an option.

    Thank you.

    on Dec. 15, 2012, 7:28 p.m.
  • Amy Chen said:

    My name is Amy Chen. I am a group lead in Computational Research Divison, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

    This is my second year being a mentor. I am mentoring Oakland High this year.


    on Dec. 15, 2012, 5:28 p.m.
  • annalise said:


    Hi all,

    During Hack Day, your students will be working on tutorials to learn App Inventor, and answering questions on worksheets along the way to ensure their knowledge of the material.

    Here is the Hack Day Tutorial Answer Guide which you can use to check their answers. Please don't show it to the students :)


    on Dec. 14, 2012, 11:11 p.m.
  • Lubna Lorena said:


    pick am a Computer Science teacher at Clements high school in Sugar Land Texas. I have two teams of 5 girls signed up. I am looking for a mentor. Please let me know if you know of some one in this area.

    Lubna Lorena

    on Dec. 14, 2012, 9:33 p.m.
  • Ina said:


    I'm a physicist working at Berkeley Lab. My field is accelerator physics, but I also work a lot with our Lab's education department on outreach activities.

    I have been a mentor last year with a team from Berkeley High and this year will be working together with two other mentors on what I undertand to be five teams at Albany High.

    And today (Dec 14th) I just want to go home and hug my 11-year-old son.


    Hope to meet some of you at Hackday at UC Berkeley tomorrow



    on Dec. 14, 2012, 7:10 p.m.
  • Cal Grizzlies said:

    Happy Friday to all!

    I am Debbie Sater,  a physics teacher at California High School in San Ramon, (east bay off I-680).  I have enough girls interested to have 2 or 3 teams, and am in need of a mentor in our area.



    on Dec. 14, 2012, 10:44 a.m.

    annalise said:

    Hi Debbie! Have you found mentors yet? Check out our map of mentors:


    on Jan. 17, 2013, 3:19 p.m. in reply to Cal Grizzlies
  • Joshua Paley said:



    I am Josh Paley, a Computer Science teacher at Gunn HS in Palo Alto.  We have enough students to field four teams, but we have finals next week and I am drowning in work at the moment.  I hope to reach out to potential mentors that appear on the map this weekend, but if you see this and live near Palo Alto and would like to help, please consider this a form of reaching out!  Please drop me an email at if interested.

    on Dec. 14, 2012, 12:40 a.m.
  • annalise said:



    I'd like to tell you about an opportunity to do some outreach and find a school to work with. Girls Inc. has invited us to come and present to their after school groups to tell girls about the program and recruit them to join. 

    Here are the schools, dates, times, etc. when we are invited to present:

    John Muir, 1444 Williams Ave, San Leandro, 20 girls- Tuesday or Thursday, 3:30-4:40pm

    Roots International, 1390-66th Ave., 18 girls, Oakland- Thursday, 4-4:45pm

    Alliance Academy, 1800-98th Ave, Oakland, 20 girls- Tuesday or Thursday, 4-4:45pm

    Boys and Girls Club of North San Mateo County, 201 W. Orange St., South San Francisco, 15 girls- Wednesday 4-5pm


    ...Interested? Email me: Thanks!


    on Dec. 13, 2012, 9:52 p.m.
  • Bon said:


    I'm Bon.  I've heeard of Technovation several years ago but due to job and geographical changes, was unable to dedicate time to the program.   

    I'm located in Mountain View, CA and can attest to it that not having a full technical background can make it hard in the Silicon Valley to change careers.   I'm living example for the girls to develop their technical backgrounds early.

    Looking for a team to join up with in the South bay.


    on Dec. 13, 2012, 6:38 p.m.

    Jo said:

    I reached out to a school and found someone interested during my search for a teacher, but have not been able to refer any mentors!

    She is not signed up yet, so you two should try to connect, find girls, and get registered ASAP!

    Please tell her I referred you so she knows what you are talking about!


    Megan Stauffer

    Mathematics Instructor

    Gunn High School


    on Dec. 13, 2012, 7:11 p.m. in reply to Bon

    annalise said:

    Welcome back, Bon! So great to hear you are connected with us again! 


    on Dec. 13, 2012, 9:49 p.m. in reply to Bon

    Joshua Paley said:

    How funny!


    I'll talk to Megan tomorrow.  She's my colleague.  I suppose this is a left-hand not knowing what the right hand is doing...

    on Dec. 14, 2012, 12:32 a.m. in reply to Jo

    Kamilah said:

    Oh that is funny! Jo and I reached out to Gunn when we were trying to find more schools and Megan replied to us, but after we'd found a school. Hopefully this means you guys have a team and a mentor then!!

    on Dec. 14, 2012, 12:39 a.m. in reply to Joshua Paley

    Bon said:

    Hi Joshua, Kamilah, Jo, 

    I got a little lost in the messages here.   Megan IS the teacher at Gunn high school I should reach out to right?  

    Would anyone mind PM'ing or emailing me where the last conversation left off with Gunn high so I don't become another voice confusing the poor teacher there?


    on Dec. 14, 2012, 8:18 p.m. in reply to Joshua Paley

    dackner said:

    I'm out of the office and away from my mail for a while. I'll read your mail when I return. Thanks, Dalia
    on Dec. 14, 2012, 8:18 p.m. in reply to Bon

    Joshua Paley said:



    Megan and I are both the right contacts. for her, for me.


    We still need mentors.  Are you still available?




    on Jan. 7, 2013, 3:06 p.m. in reply to Bon

    Bon said:

    Hi Josh, Megan, I'm still available. My challenge right now is that I'm unemployed at the moment and looking for a new job. This makes scheduling a bit difficult without knowing what my work week will be like or where I will be. Otherwise, I'm happy to help out for as long as I can. Regards, - Bon
    on Jan. 7, 2013, 3:46 p.m. in reply to Joshua Paley
  • annalise said:


    Hi all,

    We just published two videos that might be helpful for you: (5 min., gives an overview of the program) (5 min., gives an overview of P2PU)



    on Dec. 7, 2012, 2:58 p.m.
  • modularity said:

    Hey ladies,

    I'm a web developer in the Bay. This is my first year working with Technovation. I'm excited to see what the girls at Lycee Francais make for our community. Hopefully, they wow the judges like last year.

    Happy holidays,


    on Dec. 7, 2012, 1:44 p.m.

    annalise said:

    Welcome, Lauren! Glad to have you in the program :)


    on Dec. 7, 2012, 2:51 p.m. in reply to modularity
  • Kelly Powers said:


    I am Kelly a Computer Science teacher in a 6-12 school located in Marlborough, MA. We participated in the challenge last year and all of our girls gained enormously from this experience. They formed new friendships, mastered Computer Science skills, business skills and presentation skills. This year we have a new group of 27 students and we are seeking mentors. Our group will start meeting in January and we currently have 5 teams in need of mentors. Please contact me if you are interested in helping us.

    Thanks :)

    on Dec. 7, 2012, 10:50 a.m.

    Swetha said:

    Hi Kelly, My name is Swetha. I live in Boston and work as a Software Engineer at Waters Corp. I am looking forward to mentoring students for the upcoming Technovation Challenge next year. I saw your recent post in search for mentors. I don't know if you are still looking for a mentor. If you are, I'd be happy to help. Please let me know. � Regards, Swetha
    on Dec. 12, 2012, 1:02 a.m. in reply to Kelly Powers