Tech entrepreneurship and leadership skills and competition for girls.
UNESCO's Global Education Coalition, UNESCO's Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet), Shopify, HSBC, The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, STEM Next as a part of their Million Girls Moonshot, TE Connectivity, FactSet, and Intuitive Intel.
Despite over a decade of focus, women are still underrepresented in STEM fields (and positions of power and leadership). This gender gap persists at all income levels, and in fact increases as income levels rise. Only 27% of US STEM workers are women, and only 26% of data and AI workers in the top 20 economies are women. That figure drops to 15% for women engineers in the top 20 economies. And only 4% of CEOS of Fortune 500 companies are women. At a time when the world is facing dire environmental, social, health, and political situations, we're excluding half of the world's talent and ingenuity. We need more women and girls in positions of leadership—in STEM fields and beyond. We have to go beyond basic literacy and basic coding skills. We need to prepare today's girls to solve problems we can only begin to imagine. Investing in education and leadership opportunities for women is the path toward meeting humanity's biggest challenges, and we need to invest in support that extends beyond high school.
Technovation girls is a global tech education nonprofit that empowers girls to become leaders, creators and problem-solvers. Technovation's digital program platform delivers the world's largest technology entrepreneurship competition for girls ages 8-18 and develops their skills to compete in and contribute to the digital economy and emerging technologies, as well as become leaders in their communities.
In contrast to online-only coding education, Technovation's model combines online and offline support.Technovation has a global network of over 125 local partners, called Chapter Ambassadors. Chapter Ambassadors work to support teams without regular internet connectivity at home by helping girls access the internet through available community resources such as local schools, libraries, or community centers. Technovation provides stipends to chapters to support efforts to bridge the digital divide such as covering costs of internet access, printing, transportation, IT equipment, software subscriptions, etc.
Over 100,000 girls from over 120 countries have participated in Technovation Girls. 76% of alumnae pursue a STEM degree. 60% work in STEM-related jobs.
"Technovation has developed a strategic plan to increase annual participants to 100,000 by 2024, to over 1M annually by 2030, and eventually engage 25M+ young women over the next 15 years. Currently, they are working with UNICEF to expand their program in Bhutan and Bangladesh. Furthermore, they are discussing with UNICEF about scaling their program in partnership with several country offices, and are in talks with Generation Unlimited in Bangladesh about a curriculum partnership this summer as they launch Imagine Ventures in 3 districts of the country. One main focus is scaling efforts to increase the number of participants in the following 16 countries: India, the US, Indonesia, Brazil, Nigeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Philippines, Egypt, South Africa, Colombia, Kenya, Spain, Canada, and Chile. "