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Dr. Mea Wang

Department of Computer Science
ICT 740
T. 403.220.6785

Technovation Challenge 2017 (Calgary Region)

The Faculty of Science is excited to be a part of the 2017 Technovation Challenge to spark female students' interest in technology in the Calgary region. The Technovation Challenge  is a world-wide initiative, started in the Silicon Valley, working to engage young women in technology entrepreneurship. 

In this program, middle/high school girls design mobile apps, gain technology and entrepreneurship skills, and work with women mentors from the tech industry.  The 12-week program matches each team with two mentors - one from industry who is in a professional role (providing business advice) and one from the Department of Computer Science (providing technical support). Together they work through an online curriculum focused on creating an app, defining a problem, understanding how the app solves the problem, understanding the customer need, market size, competition. These young women are exposed to the whole business life cycle of creating a mobile app. At the end of the 12 weeks, they will participate in a regional pitch competition at the University of Calgary. The World Pitch competition will take place in Silicon Valley.

In the Calgary region, the program will begin with a 1-day kickoff event at the University of Calgary January 7, 2017.  Students will then meet with their mentors on a weekly basic at their schools to develop their project.  The University of Calgary will host three 2-hour team meet-ups: February 11, March 11, and April 8, 2017.  The meet-ups are designed to help teams stay on track and receive timely feedback throughout the program.

In April, each team will submit their mobile app, business plan, and video pitch for their app.  In May, all teams are invited to the Technovation Calgary Regional Pitch event, hosted by University of Calgary, where students will demo their apps and present their business plans to a panel of experts, competing for prizes.  In July, top teams selected by Technovation will be invited to the San Francisco Bay Area for the Technovation World Pitch event.


PLEASE NOTE - Registration for Technovation 2017 Calgary regional competition is now closed. The registration for Technovation 2017 world competition is open until March 8, 2017.

Schedule of Events:

January 7: 9am – 4pm – Technovation Challenge Kick-off 

January – April: weekly meetings at participating schools

May 13: 9am – 2pm – Technovation Regional Pitch

**Please note that all of the events will take place at the University of Calgary campus.

For further information about the Calgary regional events, please contact the Technovation Regional Ambassador Dr. Mea Wang (

The last time the Technovation Challenge took place in Calgary was 2014. There were six strong teams and one of them advanced to the World Pitch in June 2014 and won.  If you're interested to see more, visit:

Technovation 2017 Documents


  • John Pitchko, Advisor in the Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development group at Innovate Calgary
  • Heather Herring, Executive in Residence, Zone Startups Calgary Inc.
  • Jennifer Devine, Principal, Freshwater Creative Corp
  • Maggie Rigaux, Founder, HypeIntelligence and Capabil-IT
  • Jen Lussier, Co-founder and CMO, AnyQuip

Standby Judge:

  • Lina Huffman, Founder, The Bridge

Technical Judge:

  • Mike Clark, MSc Student, University of Calgary

Meet the Teams

AWARD: Largest Market Potential

Team Name:  ByteMe
App Name: Walkable

School:  Strathmore High School
Teacher:  Ed Eberts
Students:  Katie Doak, Emma Ewashen, Kaila Estall,
Rachel Huhn
Business Mentors:  Annisha Chakravorty, Elena Dumitrascu, Amanda Baxter, Shelley Jahnke
Technical Mentors:  Gabriela Jurca

Description: Our app, Walkable, has a simple design that will help women feel safe as they head to their destination. Every aspect of the design empowers women to stay out of dangerous situations. The attacker is going to be after a woman's money, body, or life. If they are ever in that scenario, the app will help guide them out of it. Walkable has a menu with a panic button and alert contacts that make emergency responses quicker. The app allows a woman’s safety network to know where they are at all times in case they feel endangered or need help.

View Team Photo, Pitch (video) and Demo (video)

AWARD: Best Pitch

Team Name:  edYOU
App Name: edYOU

School:  Crescent Heights High School
Teacher:  Elizabeth Duke
Students:  Kimberly Do, Tia McDowell, Jassica Moylan, Julia Quong, Kate Vlaar
Business Mentors:  Jennitta Andrea, Elizabeth Burton
Technical Mentors:  Danvy Tran, Abdullah Sarhan

Description: edYOU is an application that stores information on post secondary institutions. It provides concise and filtered information specific to the user's interests and grades. Helping to make first part of their post secondary journey less stressful. edYOU allows the user to create a unique profile that helps the app to curate a list of post secondary options for the user. The user can also save the programs or universities they are most interested in for future reference. When the user wants to know more about a program or university edYOU provides the right information in a short amount of time.

View Team Photo, Pitch (video) and Demo (video)

AWARD: Best User Interface

Team Name:  TBD (Technology Brings Difference)
App Name: Byll

School:  John G. Diefenbaker High School
Teacher:  Karen Kiefer
Students:  Patricia Lively, Simone Campbell, Betty Zhang, Hannah Noemi Sembrano
Business Mentors:  Yousra Alyanaai, Christine Martin
Technical Mentors:  Sharon Wang, Ahmed Zaidi

Description: Byll is an app that focuses on the ability to log an individual's environmental actions. A person will be able to track their own progression towards living a more eco-friendly lifestyle through our app. There is a community leaderboard that shows a person how well they and the rest of their community are doing. The app will also include a weekly challenge for extra points to further motivate people to do at least one good environmental deed per week. The challenge also shows how many people have completed the task which shows users how easily small actions can add up.

View Team Photo, Pitch (video) and Demo (video)

AWARD: Best Brand

Team Name:  ZEST
App Name: ClemenTime

School:  William Aberhart High School
Teacher:  Gustaaf Wehnes
Students:  Akanksha Joshi, Bianca Sass, Chloe Bouchard, Grace Liang, Hager Ben Mansour, Micah Yang
Business Mentors:  Shilpa Sharma, Andrea Merrick
Technical Mentors:  Fatemeh Shirzad, Abdullah Sarhan

Description: Studying for four hours non-stop is unhealthy, draining, and inefficient. Through ClemenTime, we offer a solution that allows users to stay fresh while working, thereby allowing them to lead more balanced and healthy lifestyles. We use a bright and energetic interface with a special timer which has breaks built into it, setting aside a short period of time to regain concentration. We also have our ZEST meter, a way of easily viewing your work-break ratio. Our application is simple to use, fun, and gives users a way to remain productive and use their time more effectively.

View Team Photo, Pitch (video) and Demo (video)

AWARD: Best Consumer Insight

Team Name:
App Name: DecidEd

School:  Sir Winston Churchill High School
Teacher:  Margaret Jones
Students:  Lucy Han, Amy Han, Anaïs Rojas Vélez, Salma Salhi, Sheena Cheng
Business Mentors:  Priya Denton
, Drakhshan Jamil
Technical Mentors:  Rachel Quapp, Omar Addam

Description: Every year, millions of dollars in Canadian scholarships goes unclaimed and students spend significant amounts of time searching for post-secondary institutions. That is why we at THinc. created DecidEd, an app designed to facilitate the search for the optimal post-secondary institution and scholarships available to high school students in Canada. The app utilizes user data, including interests, achievements, grades, and extracurriculars to match students to scholarships and post-secondary programs that suit their criteria. DecidEd stores personal students information into profiles and matches them to scholarships and programs according to their qualifications. No more mindless searching for scholarships and institutions. We aim to have the app reach high school students all across Canada, which will significantly reduce the amount of unclaimed scholarships and help students launch their future in education.

View Team Photo, Pitch (video) and Demo (video)

AWARD: Most Scalable

Team Name:  Pixel Chicks
App Name: i.e. (Intimate Explanations)

School:  Bowness High School
Teacher:  Clive McGowan
Students:  Rachel Ralph, Blyth Oswald, Haleigh Schreyer
Business Mentors:  Tulika Gupta, Simone Hughes
Technical Mentors:  Gabriela Jurca, Omar Addam

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View Team Photo, Pitch (video) and Demo (video)

AWARD: Grand Prize

Team Name:  Unite
App Name: LeftOvers

School:  Bishop McNally High School
Teacher:  Victor Truong
Students:  Traneice Ellexia D. Aranda, Donnattella Salvador, Leanne Bui, Veyra Pascual
Business Mentors:  Amanda Baxter, Elena Dumitrascu
Technical Mentors:  Christine Cao, Brad Rougeau

Description: Ready to take a step and get involved in today’s important global issues, but still on the go? With the LeftOvers app, you, the user, are participating in a solution to eradicate food waste. LeftOvers is an interactive app that connects volunteers, vendors and local charities/NGO’s. The volunteers get live notifications for food pickups, vendors can post a food donation and charities can collect. Volunteer drivers, donors and charities all stay informed and enabled for optimal routing and delivery. Rescue food that would otherwise be thrown in the landfill, do your part today and unite with us!

View Team Photo, Pitch (video) and Demo (video)