Immaculate Conception Academy Students Develop Android Apps for Annual Technovation Challenge / January 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On January 30, 2012, 22 students from Immaculate Conception Academy will visit the San Francisco Microsoft offices to begin the Technovation Challenge. The program, started by Anu Tewary in 2010, aims to increase girls’ interest in computer science and technology careers, and increase their confidence in learning advanced computer science concepts.

Gigi Torres, Math Department Chair at Immaculate Conception Academy, commented, “Eloisa Mills and I are so excited that 22 of our girls, from freshman to seniors, will be participating in this amazing program.  They will work with women who are currently working in the technology field and will learn how to develop an app for the Android using AppInventor, a program developed by Google.  If they win the regional competition, they will get to move on to nationals and will possibly have their app marketed for the Android.  This is truly a great experience and we look forward to working with the girls along with their mentors."

Students who participate in this program work with volunteer programmers from Bay Area technology companies to develop an Android app that could potentially be sold in the Android Marketplace. The program teaches students what it is like to work in a “start-up” technology company. After a few rounds of competition, finalists will pitch their concept in downtown San Francisco. Winners will have their app developed by professionals working alongside the students and released into the market.

Aly Applin, class of 2012, said, “I'm really looking forward to learning about the field of technology firsthand from women who are actually working in the field. I am also excited about learning how to make an app for the Android.  I hope to gain experience and a different view into the world of technology."

The program is free and no prior experience in computer programming is necessary. This is Immaculate Conception Academy’s second year participating in the program and it has become a big hit among the students. The program is 10 weeks long beginning on January 30.

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