HK girls' teams to compete at Technovation World Pitch Summit

HK girls' teams to compete at Technovation World Pitch SummitA team from Diocesan Girls School has been selected to compete as a finalist at the Technovation Challenge World Pitch Summit in San Francisco next month.

The team was selected as Hong Kong's top Junior Division team as part of the TechnovationHK:#GirlsMakeTech pilot tech entrepreneurial program.

The program was developed by Young Makers & ChangeMakers (YMCM) in conjunction with co-organizer Cyberport and main prize sponsor the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund.

The Technovation Challenge was created by California-based charity Iridescent to seek to address the gender gap in the technology industry by encouraging girls aged 10-18 to create mobile apps designed to support the UN's global sustainable development goals.

Working with the HKSAR government, private industry and the educational sector, YMCM augmented Technovation’s online curriculum with a series of training workshops and corporate visits to cutting-edge workplaces such as Google, Commonwealth Bank Innovation Lab, INFINITI Lab, and WeWork, as well as a bootcamp at The University of Hong Kong.

More than 290 girls from over 40 schools across the state participated in the program. The winning team developed a dementia care companion app designed to give dementia patients personalized training through interactive games while allowing caregivers to monitor their progress and location.

The winning senior team, from St Paul's Convent School, won with their ASAPHealth App that enables personalized and informed decisions to be made during medical emergencies.

This team will also participate in the World Pitch Summit as a visiting team and be given the chance to pitch at Hong Kong's RISE conference for tech startups later this month.