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The International High School Technovation Team for 2015 are semifinalists in the US/Canada division of the worldwide app building competition. This 12-week program involves programming, design, and marketing for a brand new app. Their app, BeAlert, sends timed messages to alert loved ones if the user is in potential danger. Fifteen semifinalists were chosen out of over 1500 entries in the North American division. Finalists will be announced on May 15, 2015. Winners of the competition receive funding to further develop their App.
Team members, Alana Dastous, Madeline Street, and Hunter Spillan were mentored by Laurel McAndrews a Zynga project manager and coached by Lisa Shaner, Library Media Specialist.
App Description for BeAlert!:
You've just left home from a night out with friends in San Francisco and it's late. You live far, and you don't want to wake your parents and you aren't sure how to get home safely. Luckily you just bought BeAlert! You know you're in safe hands with the two services your new app offers; a mailing system that lets you send timed messages to alert loved ones if you are in potential danger and a Panic button that calls 911 when in immediate danger. You feel better about your journey home already!
Technovation’s mission is to inspire and educate girls and women to solve real-world problems through technology.
Students work in teams to develop mobile app “startups” to solve real problems in their communities. Technovation Coaches (teachers, parents, or community members) and Mentors (women professionals in technology or business) lead the teams as they compete for a part of $20,000 in awards.
How would the rate of innovation increase if more women became technology innovators? What if technology industry leaders came from diverse backgrounds? What if women in tech stayed in tech? Let’s find out.