Technovation Girls Manitoba Chapter
Red River College Polytechnic is hosting the Technovation Girls Manitoba Chapter, a flagship program of non-profit Technovation. The free technology-based (STEM) program for girls ages 15 to 18 offers the opportunity to learn the necessary coding skills to emerge as tech entrepreneurs and leaders.
The online program starts January 22, 2022 and runs until April 2022.
With the support of volunteer mentors, girls will work in small teams to code mobile apps that solve real-world problems in their community. Along the way they will develop their collaboration, problem solving and leadership skills.
Technovation Girls Manitoba will take 40+ hours over the span of approximately 12 weeks to complete and is completely free.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
The program curriculum consists of:
- Prep: Create a plan, build your team and find a mentor!
- Week 1: Get to know your community, the problems they face, and how to best solve a problem with a mobile phone. You will also choose an app builder to build your app with.
- Week 2: Come up with a solution to your problem, and do some marketing research to make sure it’s the best solution possible. Learn some basics of programming.
- Week 3: Plan out the best way to tackle your solution. Create a business around your app idea and write a mission statement. Learn about event handlers.
- Week 4: Wrap up your idea with a project canvas. Solve your first coding challenge and learn about branding.
- Week 5: Learn how to visually express your business’s identity, learn about variables and lists.
- Week 6: Brand your app and learn about conditionals.
- Week 7: Continue coding your app and create your business model.
- Week 8: Learn about loops and sensors and write your business plan.
- Week 9: Learn to code databases & APIs, and create your pitch video.
- Week 10: Edit your pitch video and debug your app.
- Week 11: Practice pitching your idea and prepare your submission materials.
- Week 12: Follow a walk through on how to submit your idea and planning for after the season!
After participating in Technovation Girls Manitoba, girls typically:
- Express a greater interest in technology and leadership, with 58% of Technovation Girls’ (global) alumni enrolling in more computer science courses.
- Enter the technology field and explore jobs such as product and software development.
- Feel empowered to start their own businesses, present at prestigious events, meet world leaders and even return to support the next cohorts of Technovation Girls.
- Build a real-world tech project.
- Connect with local female tech mentors who work in the industry.
When you have a better understanding on how something works, or on how to do something, it empowers you.Dina J., Technovation Parent
- Every second Saturday (biweekly), January 22 to April 16, 9am to 11am, and
- Every Tuesday (weekly), January 25 to April 12, 5pm to 7pm
Saturday classes focus on project work with industry mentors while Tuesday classes focus on lessons from the instructor.
See a visualization of the schedule
The program is offered virtually, however it may include some on-site visitation to industry partners (tech employers) or trips to the RRC Polytech Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus.
Technovation Girls Manitoba Chapter is made possible by support from SkipTheDishes, a champion of women in tech.
Headquartered in Winnipeg, SkipTheDishes is a technology company that connects millions of customers with over 30,000 Restaurant Partners in Canada.
Interested in learning more about Technovation Girls Manitoba Chapter? A free online information session is being offered on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm CST. The session will provide:
- An overview of the program, including the schedule, technology utilized and outcomes.
- An introduction to the Technovation Team, including instructors and mentors.
- Frequently asked questions, including how to sign-up, parental consent and vaccine mandates for on-site activities.
- A question-and-answer period.
There is no cost to register, however seats are limited.
Note: The program is currently full. Submit the form below to join the wait list.
Volunteer as an Industry Mentor
A Volunteer Industry Mentor offers more than just technical or business-related advice to the students – they empower girls to be leaders and problem solvers in their lives and communities.
A computer science or engineering background is not required and mentors with backgrounds in marketing, product development, project management, software development and other areas are encouraged to apply.
The time commitment is two hours biweekly from January through April 2022.
Note: A Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check and completion of the Technovation Girls Internet Safety Training is required.
Interested in joining as a Volunteer Industry Mentor to help students in the Technovation Girls Manitoba program? Email Melanie Par.
If you have questions about the program, contact us.
Additional Youth Programming
RRC Polytech also offers summer camps for kids and teens. See the list of camps or sign up to be notified about upcoming camps.