Day 5 - 2019 Tech Girls Movement Official Ambassador Tour of Silicon Valley, USA #techgirls #STEM

Lego, cupcakes, and rainbows!

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Hellooooo Orla, Rebecca and Chris from Rubrik!

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So awesome to see you again and this time at Rubrik HQ in Palo Alto. We had so much fun at our last event in Sydney at UTS a few months ago coding chatbots with our Tech Girls. 

And what a visit! Thank you so much for the generous 12-month subscription to CodaKid for all 11 students across our three teams to keep coding with game design, and the Lego robotics kits that the teams can take back to their schools. Not to mention the unique opportunity and time with your CEO and co-founder, Bipul, who shared great advice for the teams around considering the ‘triggers for first use’ for their apps – seasoned Silicon Valley advice from a venture capitalist, startup founder and CEO.

John and Julia from the Marketing team shared fantastic feedback for each of their teams on their marketing approaches and pitch videos. Such valuable insights around how critical it is to think about who might have the problem that you’re trying to solve, to create an emotional connection with your buyer, and that you are always competing for your user’s attention. Sharing the ‘Backup Things’ ad that your team created really showed us why keeping messaging short and simple matters, and that telling stories in a different way is far more impactful than just telling facts. And to be authentic: so fun to see Rebecca and Chris on screen in the ad! And Chris in a dress! We loved it.

Such a diverse range of women from across Rubrik for the panel discussion - there were nearly more of them than our tech girls which was amazing! We learnt about journeys and advice from legal to sales, tech dev, finance and business and product management. Most importantly, we learnt how important it is to have good people around you, be challenged to learn and grow, and to believe and advocate for yourself. So many happy surprises at the Rubrik visit, the Rubrik’s team authenticity, effort and attention to detail really made our visit fantastic and we felt very special and looked after. Customised cupcakes with the Tech Girls Superheroes’ team logos, t-shirts for the girls, the interactive Lego build activity, and the Rubrik Lego minifigure HEART.

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Then what a wonderfully homely surprise to end our last day, by venturing up the hill along the curiously named Rainbow Drive. Could there be a pot of gold at the end? Almost! The houses get bigger and bigger as we head up the hill to the… Rainbow Mansion! Imagine a house full of Silicon Valley young professionals working at companies such as Google X, Parc, Google Daydream, iRhythm and the NASA Ames Research Centre – where the tech is so out there (science fiction like!) that they can’t really tell us what they’re working on - yow!!! Great to hear about the journeys of how the residents came to Silicon Valley, and what it’s like to live in a sharehouse bursting with ideas, brainpower, and a lively community (with pizza!).

This is definitely the ultimate sharehouse hang, with a makerspace in the garage (thanks for sharing your inventions with us Jeremy!), regular tech talks and Sunday community dinners. And just for our visit today, the NASA engineering crew setup an impromptu display about the next Mars helicopters currently in development to show our tech girls first hand! We were so excited to not only see the future in Mars exploration right in front of us, talking directly to the engineering team working on it and the wind tunnel simulation, we crossed our fingers and toes for their successful mission in July 2020. Minds blown!

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Thanks so much to Alex, Jamie, Jeremy, Crystal and Witold and the NASA team for sharing your home and stories with us – parting words of wisdom from our host Alex to our Tech Girls: “Don’t think about what you want to do, but what you want to try.” So what are the 3 things that you’d been putting off or want to try??

The end of Friday evening fast approaches and we don’t want to leave… but alas, even Superheroes have to go back to school and work. A big thank you to all of our hosts this week across the Valley and Bay area, we’ve had an amazing week of inspiration, hearing your stories and journeys, taking on super insightful advice and feedback, and seeing tech that seems beyond this world. Watching our tech girls grow so much in such a short amount of time, being amazing ambassadors for not only us but for STEM and entrepreneurship in Australia, we could not be prouder of their professionalism, hard work and enthusiasm on the trip and beyond.

Although this is a wrap for the Tech Girls tour of Silicon Valley for 2019, we’ve already started conversations on visits and new sights for next year – stay tuned for info on the 2020 competition! Winners of the 2019 competition to be announced at our showcase events. Dont miss out and book your tickets now.

A huge thank you to Technology One for sponsoring our trip, and to Stockland and the many other sponsors who helped teams fund their way to the USA - for a trip of a lifetime.

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Day 4-2 - 2019 Tech Girls Movement Official Ambassador Tour of Silicon Valley, USA #techgirls STEM

Tech innovation and inspiration from around the globe, this is Technovation!

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A global parade of flags waving proudly, young changemakers taking the stage, and app ideas that will change our world. This is the global Technovation final: six teams of young women from across the world, aged 10-18, pitching their app solutions to take on some of the biggest challenges that humanity faces. Words won’t be able to properly capture the events and experiences of the evening, but we will try!

It is heartbreaking to see that we have common challenges concerning young people regardless of geographical borders, such as domestic violence, mental illness and environmental sustainability. But, these young women are taking on some of these biggest challenges that we have created by our past actions and inactions, and they have developed technologies that will change our future.

 What are these big challenges and ideas on the world stage tonight? A donation platform to help send kids to school in Nigeria, preserving the Cambodian cultural heritage of Khmer poetry through an education portal, connecting children with social anxiety to support and help, pairing social work interns with non-profit organisations in underserved communities in India, creating a virtual community in Bolivia for reuse and recycling of what might be trash to you but treasure to another, and detecting opioid addiction using image processing techniques in collaboration with leading US universities and medical research institutes. Mind-blowingly wow, right?? But this is just the junior finalists aged 10-14!

What are the seniors up to? The CoCo team from Kazakhstan shared with us how to live eco-friendly lifestyles through a 3D mobile game with augmented reality, D3C0ders from Albania are helping to connect women facing domestic violence to help, support and employment opportunities, When&Where is a emergency response app to keep women safe in Spain, using a powerful metaphor of drops of water and a ‘glass of blue feelings’ to help prevent youth suicide in Brazil, applying machine learning to identify noxious and invasive weeds affecting farmers in California, and connecting children at orphanages to seniors to aged care homes for improving inter-generational social and mental well-being in India.

So, who are the winners of the Technovation competition this year? We don’t at all envy the judges in having to choose a winner and runner up in each division! As the judges deliberate, we hear from Justine Sass, UNESCO Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, who has flown all the way from Paris to share with us the critical role the gender equity plays in global innovation, change and leadership – and the need for STEM education as part of girls and women’s empowerment. Gender equality affects us all, and we all play a part in this change. Very much yes indeed, and our Tech Girls team reflects on who we should be reaching, but haven’t yet?

Judging decisions are made, and the Indian and Cambodian teams take 1st and 2nd in the junior division, with Albania and the US taking the 1st and 2nd awards for the senior division. Congratulations and cheers to all the teams! Our Tech Girls Superheroes mingle and chat to their competition peers around the world, sharing ideas and inspiration. In reality, all of the teams participating globally are winners by bringing about local change in their communities with global impact - putting into action the saying of ‘think global, act local’! We can’t wait to see what pathways these young women will take in the future, but they will no doubt they’ll be back on world stages again soon. This is just the start, and it does make us think back to what we were doing when we were in school… how what amazing role models these young women will be when they join their peers back home. Our future looks very bright indeed!

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Day 4 - 2019 Tech Girls Movement Official Ambassador Tour of Silicon Valley, USA #techgirls #STEM

“There is a moment each morning that defines the rest of your day”

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Empathise. Define. Ideate. Prototype. Test. What better place to dive into design thinking than in Silicon Valley, where it all started at the Stanford d.school! Thanks to Nutanix for hosting our visit and facilitating a fun design thinking workshop – in two hours our teams came up with four innovations to help improve the start of a team member’s day (their target user): Smart Series, Sqeeze, HideyHoles and SpideyBot, and Belaska. What awesome product names, we definitely have innovators and entrepreneurs in the room! Waking up and getting ready in time to kickstart your day for school or work was the common challenge for all of our target users – how might you improve the start of your day? What small changes can you make?

Speaking of the power of small changes: “Knock knock. Who’s there? The consequences of your past decisions!” Oh, yep, hmmm…! There is a James Clear leadership seminar at Nutanix, would we like to join??? OMG. YESSSSS. What an opportunity! Thank you Michele from Nutanix for making this happen! Atomic Habits is the New York Times bestseller book from James, about how small changes can bring about big results and how to build good habits and break bad ones. The cost of our bad habits is in the future, so what can we do now?

So many notes and learnings from this talk, our Tech Girl Superheroes shared their main takeaways as:

  • How important your physical and social environments are as key drivers of habit

  • The 2-minute rule: breaking down an end goal into small chunks that take less than 2 minutes each to achieve. Habit must be established before it can be improved (so very true!)

  • Keeping a habit journal: noting down daily when you keep to a habit, and try not to break the chain of days. Even if you miss one day, don’t make it two!

Where to start - small?

“Every action we take is a vote for the person you wish to become” – what is the small change that you will make today?

Day 3 - 2019 Tech Girls Movement Official Ambassador Tour of Silicon Valley, USA

“Carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre man!”

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Can you imagine this as part of your work day, where you can drop in whenever you like to a gaming room with pinball machines and arcade games, an ice cream shop, spa, bike mechanic, and too many café and restaurant options to count! The Facebook campus is impressive, yet sculptures and signs from the original Facebook office remind and connect us to the company’s origins as a tiny startup. So much has happened in such a short period of time: the Facebook family now also includes Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus Rift!

The importance of mentors came up again today at Facebook, as mentors can give you the tough feedback that you’re blinded to. And don’t forget the importance of finding a ‘safe space’ person to talk to too, this can be a teacher, coach, friend, or family member. It reminded us that the people around us have a huge influence on us, which poses the question - how we do surround ourselves with positive influencers?

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We then visited Ebay and saw their map of sales in real time. So cool! Our Tech Girls teams received some great feedback from both Facebook and Ebay after they pitched - that “success is never a one stop effort and trying things that don’t quite work out is totally ok. For developing apps and tech, talking to users to understand what they need is critical to solving the problem that they have (not the problem that you want to solve or think they have)”. Another approach is to find people who want what you are thinking to develop, before you develop it!

So what do Facebookers and Ebayers wish they knew when you were younger?

“Be bold. Take risks. If you have a good idea, go for it!”

“Don’t underestimate yourself. Carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre man!”

“Show interest in the things you like. You can build a career around your hobbies, incorporate a job into your hobby.”

“It’s ok not to have it all figured out. Elevate your voice: you should and do have a seat a table.”

Back to finding our positive influencers, let’s start with thinking about what ‘product features’ you want to add to your life, and who should be on your personal board of directors. Think and ask today!

P.S. Have you met our superhero rally car driver chaperone? Jackie, from our Blue Buddy team at St. Aidans’ has mixed with the British royals and knows her way around cars. You go, Jackie!

Day 2 - 2019 Tech Girls Movement Official Ambassador Tour of Silicon Valley, USA

Words of wisdom from Googlers… and a rally car driver!

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Hello Rowena, Adam, Alice, Marissa, Kara, Rama and Roshni at Google! Hearing about your journeys and pathways really showed us how much pursuing what you believe in, and care about, matters. Powerful insights from our panel: Alice - a fresh CS grad who joined Google a few months ago, Marissa - an undergraduate intern in her last year of studies, Rama - PhD student intern in hardware development, Kara – who pivoted from her arts background and taught herself coding, and Roshni – who started in coding young and now works on Waymo! What a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, we so wish we had heard this advice when we were in school, so en pointe!

“Don’t let anything stop you doing what you want to do.”

“Embrace failure! Celebrate failure! Learn from failures and try again, never be afraid of failure.”

“Don’t be intimidated by the people around you – it’s not just about being smart but effort matters too.”

“Starting something new, you might feel like you’re behind but this is ok and you will catch up!”

“Don’t use the word lucky: you earned your place here!”

“In discouraging environments, push through and find the people like you.”

“You can pivot anytime, you’ll be ok!”

So many takeaways from today, and more learnings in the discussion about mentoring and sponsorship: what’s the difference, you ask? In Australia, sponsorship (or champions) isn’t as well-known an activity as mentoring. You might have a few mentors to help guide you and your career with advice, but sponsors create and put you forward for opportunities – a career champion, if you will! Having both really gives your studies and career a push forward, and it’s never too early to ask and start!

Today’s fun fact:

“I was one of the top rally car drivers in the UK. In under 30 seconds, I can change a tire.”

Which one of our Tech Girls team chaperones said this? Superheroes all round! Tune in tomorrow to find out…

Day 0 + 1 - 2019 Tech Girls Movement Official Ambassador Tour of Silicon Valley, USA

Follow the adventures of P-Cubed, Domestic Angels, and Blue Buddy as they embark on their adventure in the Silicon Valley!

Day 0 - Tech Girls Tour of Silicon Valley

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It’s ice-cream time with the seals and superheroes at Pier 39 – we in the Tech Girls Movement Foundation team so excited to meet the teams today! The red hoodies are a fantastic idea – the team stands out amongst the crowd in our brightly matching Tech Girls gear. Great to meet everyone before our industry visits and tour around San Francisco (SF) and Silicon Valley kicks off tomorrow – so much energy, enthusiasm and excitement!

Today’s takeaway: Yes, we’re goingggg to San Frannnnciscooo… !!! (For those of you too young to know the song, here’s a link)

Day 1: Trailblazers, Igloos and an VISITING AN Aussie startup in SF!

Hearing about the Salesforce Ohana

Hearing about the Salesforce Ohana

What a day! Business for social good, IoT (Internet of Things) in retail experiences, smart materials, an Australian startup in SF, and more! Three inspiring visits today kicked off with breakfast at Salesforce right in downtown SF. Hearing about the Salesforce ‘Ohana’ (Hawaiian for ‘family’) a workplace culture that is built around people, celebrating our diversity and supporting each other. What a view from the 61st ‘Ohana’ floor! 360 walk-around panorama of San Francisco – wow. Definitely a tech tourist moment, we can’t imagine what it would be like to be able to hang out here every day at work!!

Equality = Innovation at Accenture

Equality = Innovation at Accenture

Down a few floors in the Salesforce Tower to the Accenture Innovation Hub – such a warm welcome with Tech Girls Are Superheroes signs throughout the lobby, and our own branded tech girls cookies for afternoon tea – thank you so much to our hosts! What a whirlwind tour seeing emerging technologies (almost like science fiction!) applied to solve real-world challenges – excited to see what future retail with IoT might look like, materials that have ‘shape memory’ for soft robotics, and 360 wrap-around screens for immersive experiences with multimedia storytelling (‘The Igloo’). Lots of whiteboards, post-it notes, and design prototypes throughout!

The girls pitching their app.

The girls pitching their app.

A friendly and chill startup vibe with Skedulo shared the journey of an Australian startup making it big in SF – hard to quantify into words how you can feel and see the mix of Australian culture in the company, their office and how they work – go Aussies! You can’t go wrong when there is the company dog welcome to roam around the office for pats and cuddles, and pizzas for snacks too! Great informal networking session with the Skedulo team – such a diverse and friendly team - looking forward to connecting with the local team when we’re back home.

An atmosphere of opportunity and ‘giving it a go’ are abounds here – well done to the girls for excellent pitches during all three visits today! Fantastic feedback on the pitches and apps from our hosts, such attention to detail with the teams showing their app prototypes and carefully handmade gifts for our hosts.

Google! Tomorrow! Yesssss.

Today’s takeaways: a panel discussion that raised ‘being comfortable with being uncomfortable’ and ‘being your authentic self’ (you don’t need a tech background to work in tech!), and that an idea that was built into a tech platform in a room above a Brisbane garage is now a startup outgrowing its offices in SF with Series B funding just raised – you can do it too!

#hopperdownunder - Inaugural Australian Grace Hopper Celebration in Brisbane was an incredible inspiration #GHC @anitab #techgirls #STEM

Last week we had the absolute pleasure of participating in the inaugural Hopper Down Under conference which is an instance of the hugely successful Grace Hopper Celebration of Women annual event in the USA attended by 17 000 technical women now each year. Hopper Down Under attracted 700 tech go-getters to this 2-day event.

The keynotes were especially outstanding, with Dr Sue Black, who saved Bletchley Park where 8000+ women worked in tech in WW2, and Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith giving us hope for the next 10 years of women in STEM in Australia with the Decadel Plan. Dr Genevieve Bell from ANU gave us hope for the future by looking at our past, not so distant history.

We presented a poster on preparing teachers for our digital futures with leaders in the field of STEM and education in Australia, and we presented a poster with our colleagues at UTS on (download here on STEM x play) and we were fortunate to chair 2 amazing sessions - one on e-textiles and technology for blind children, and another by the Girls Programming Network on how to run a great girls in tech event.

Congrats to the team - and to the community, for making this VIP event happen.

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Announcing prizes for the Australian #SNTGS National Winners by @Stockland #techgirls @STEM

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The Tech Girls Movement Foundation (TGMF) is pleased to announce the valued support of Stockland, who in 2019 are providing the Prize Money for the Australian National Secondary & Primary School Winners in the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition.

Stockland will provide $1000 to the Winning National Secondary School and $500 to the Winning National Primary School Teams. This continues a strong supportive relationship between Stockland and the TGMF.

Founder & CEO of the TGMF Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen; “We are grateful for Stockland’s ongoing support of TGMF initiatives & programs, in particular the provision of prize money for our hardworking National winning teams in the 2019 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition”.

Robyn Elliott, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of Stockland; “We really do love contributing to a cause which has such a widespread impact. Not only are we rewarding these tech girls for their hard work during the competition we are also paying back to the community, through supporting the innovative app that the girls have developed.”

“We get an enormous amount out of our contribution to the Tech Girls Movement and the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero (SNTGS) Competition. This year we have also contributed $10000 to support last year’s National Secondary School winners ‘Domestic Angels’ from Gladstone to get them to the USA in August to visit and pitch to top tech companies such as Ebay, Google, Accenture, Salesforce and Rubrik in Silicon Valley. With our financial support the 2018 winning team from Gladstone, our very first regional winner will be able to join our fourth Tech Girls Movement Foundation Official Ambassador Tour in 2019.”

The Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition is a 12-week STEM entrepreneurship program, where girls aged between 7-17 collaborate efforts in a team and identify a problem within their local community that they would like to solve. They then research the problem, develop a business plan, and build an app that creates a unique means of helping to alleviate the local community problem. Many apps go on to be developed further and to be sold in the various app stores.

To get involved, or to donate prizes to the 2019 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition, contact us.

A Hack Day at Technology One @technologyonecorp #techgirls #STEM

Last weekend, Technology One and the Tech Girls Movement Foundation hosted local Brisbane #techgirls and their mentors for a Hack Day at T1 HQ. The teams spent the day working on their app building and business plans with guidance from super mentors at Technology One.

The day was enjoyed by all - summed up by teacher and repeat tech girls coach Alison Jones from Craigslea State School:
"The girls were so excited. It was a really great afternoon. The girls got to talk to mentors. We met ours for the first time. We watched pitched videos from other schools and then reflected on what makes a good pitch video and what they want to include in their own. There were green screens set up so the girls got to practice reading and performing with a script. We came away energised, motivated and enthused to continue on our own tech girls journeys. Personally I found it helpful having to trouble shoot some technical issues I was having. I got some good advice from other Technology One Super-Mentors. We are all super pumped to get stuck into working on our deliverables.”

We also loved seeing this Facebook post by Good Shepherd Lutheran College:

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It’s clear all teams and their mentors had a fabulous day and took away so much from the experience. Thank you Technology One for supporting #techgirls!

Building a chat bot with Rubrik and UTS

Last weekend, Tech Girls Movement Foundation with Rubrik and UTS, hosted a two hour workshop for local tech girls to learn how to build a chat bot. Rubrik flew their Principal Technologist, Rebecca Fitzhugh, who is based in the Silicon Valley, over to Sydney for the workshop.

Rebecca is heavily involved in getting more women and girls into STEM. Her background is extremely interesting, having started in the US Marine Corps where she specialized in cryptographic systems and eventually managed a Force level data center that provided services to the entire Pacific fleet.

The girls had a fantastic time! Here are some quotes from the event:

Sienna said "It was great, and loved learning about a chatbot. I know what it is now. It was good to meet other girls in the competition too."

Sienna’s mum said "Great to see organisations like Rubrik getting on board and supporting young girls in STEM. UTS Women in Engineering was a perfect location. Industry tech organisations are starting to realise that the future work generation are some of these young girls, and we need to engage early. Given the opportunity to try something new, the girls rise to the challenge. My daughter didn't know what a chatbot was before the workshop and I didn't tell her either, she does now. It was also great to see her answering questions and going up the front to engage with people she didn't know. Rebecca was really great with the girls and showed us how tech can be cool.”

Hugues, a parent at the event said “My daughter loved the event. When someone asked her if she liked the session she replied ‘Are you kidding? I was able to spend 2 hours on the computer doing cool stuff!

We were also thrilled to see this post by Orla Hanby, Head of Marketing, ANZ for Rubrik, on LinkedIn:

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And finally, we’d like to share Chris Wahl’s blog post, which moved us immensely, and made our eyes malfunction. Chris Wahl is Chief Technologist at Rubrik in the Silicon Valley.

A huge thank you to Rebecca, Chris, Orla, Rubrik, and UTS - you made a huge impact on our #techgirls.


NZ Tech Week - hosted by the Australian High Commission in Wellington

Jewella (Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen) was invited by the Australian High Commission in New Zealand to head across to Wellington for NZ Tech week.

The aim of NZ Tech Week is described on their website as:

New Zealand’s technology and innovation sectors are growing rapidly, and Techweek fosters that growth by providing the national ecosystem with a week-long opportunity for connection and cross-pollination, using an independent platform to amplify New Zealand’s unique and inspiring innovation stories to the world.

Dr. Beekhuyzen hosted a 2-hour hands-on STEM Entrepreneurship workshop for 60 face-to-face participants, plus another 600 students tuned in online. Our podcast will be available on our social media soon!

The highlight of the event was a panel discussion (which was live streamed on Facebook) with Jewella, Aliesha Staples (Founder of Staples VR) and Lena Scanlan (Visual Effects Producer at Weta Digital) to showcase our innovative Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero program.

Some memorable quotes from the panel discussion were:

“We need to talk more, we need to network more and promote each other’s work!” - Aliesha Staples

“Attitude and putting yourself in the right place at the right time is huge” - Aliesha Staples on getting girls ready for a career in tech.

“We need to tech girls to be confident, to believe that they deserve everything that the boys get.” - Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen

“We need to learn how to fail.” - Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen on how we need to break the technology

“Call people out on their behaviour. Tech can be very male dominated. Make everyone feel like the have a voice.” - Lena Scanlan

“Everyone is making it up so you just have to give it a go.” - Dr. Jenine Beekheyzen

You can watch the panel discussion the Facebook page of the Australian High Commission in Wellington.

Jewella represents Australia in Chengdu, China #techgirls #STEM

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Tech Girls goes to China

to talk about how we’re supporting #techgirls in #STEM in Australia

On May 17 to 19, our Founder & CEO Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen attended the ACM Global Computing Education Conference (CompEd), 2019 in Chengdu, China as an Australian Ambassador for the ACM-W network.

The ACM-W is the Association for Computing Machinery - Women in Computing. ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

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Our Founder Dr Beekhuyzen, ran a workshop on Women in STEM at the Inaugural 2019 CompEd conference alongside former former ACM_W Australia Ambassadors Dr. Catherine Lang from La Trobe University, Dr Annemieke Craig from Deakin University, and Jacqueline Tate from Coder Academy. Our workshop showcased our innovative Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition, and we discussed fundraising with tips and hints for locals.

We bought together women in STEM from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and China. We have been tasked with establishing an Asia Pacific ACM-W network of amazing people!

One big highlight of the trip was a visit to the Panda Research station! Seeing how pandas are bred and rehabilitated to return to the wild was inspiring.

A very successful trip for TGMF in Asia.

STEM + Entrepreneurship = Success #techgirls #STEM

- authored by Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, Founder & CEO Tech girls movement foundation

The signature Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero (SNTGS) competition and other TGMF initiatives are soundly based on international research into how best to encourage female participation in STEM-related careers and education. The TGMF has administered both pre and post-competition surveys for all participant groups (schoolgirls, mentors and coaches) for the past three years of the competition. The same survey with minor adjustments is administered each year. It consists of open and closed questions, drawn from three sources – an internationally recognised instrument for measuring STEM career interest (Kier et al. 2014), a survey carried out by Technovation, the organisation which provides the curriculum on which the competition is based (Rockman et al Research, Evaluation and Consulting, 2016), and the results of interviews carried out with 8 mentors from the 2015 competition.

In the Australian Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero (SNTGS) competition, school girls form teams and register on the TGMF website via a coach – a teacher or a parent who becomes the contact point for the team. One coach may have multiple teams. Each team is then matched with a female mentor working in STEM who commits to meeting the team virtually, or if co-located in person, for one hour per week for 12 weeks. Teams then brainstorm problems that bug them in their local community, from personal problems such as anxiety, mental health, wellbeing, healthy eating, to broader school issues such as lost property, or family issues such as “grandad can’t read” or wider issues such as sun safety or global warming.

Teams then research how others have tried to solve the problem around the world, and then they design their own solution to the problem through a business plan and a wireframe. Teams as young as 11 are building 50-page business plans. Once they have a wireframe and business plan they build the working prototype through free online software such as AppInventor. Then they develop a 4-minute pitch video to sell their idea, and a 3-minute demo video to exhibit how their app works.

METHOD

The post-competition surveys aim to evaluate the impact and success for student participants in the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition, specifically:

i. The impact of participation in the competition on girls’ self-perception and career perception in relation to STEM, and of their intentions to pursue further studies and careers in STEM-related fields. The evaluation is based on well-established research in this area.

ii. Students’ perceptions of the curriculum areas. The evaluation did not attempt to measure objective improvements in skills because of wide variations in curriculum, facilities and teacher practices.

iii. Issues, benefits and problems of participating in the competition.

In 2018, the demographics of the 191 respondents were very similar to those from 2017. Most of the girls live in Queensland (90) and New South Wales (50). Of the New Zealand schoolgirls represented in the 2018 survey more live on the South Island (10) as compared to 2017 results where more were from the North Island. Most students attend co-education schools (117) and are currently in grade 6 (48).

RESULTS

Several areas that showed improvement in 2018 were students’ time management, support from mentors and coaches, and satisfaction with teamwork.

Students are asked how much knowledge of coding they had before participating in the competition, most reported less than an adequate amount of knowledge of coding (Figure 1).

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Figure 1 - 2018 Students’ Previous Coding Knowledge

Although the students’ perceptions of their knowledge of coding in 2018 was reported to be similar to 2017, there was a substantial increase in their perceptions that participation in the competition had improved their knowledge of coding (from 58% to 85%).

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Figure 2 - 2018 Students’ Improvements in Coding Knowledge

The Curriculum

In relation to the curriculum, the Revenue lesson continues to be the least popular and students wished there had been more focus on coding, even though their perceived competency in coding increased substantially.

The biggest challenge reported was shortage of time.

The program consists of the following 12 lessons. Lesson 8 and 2 are the most popular and lesson 7 the least popular.

1: Introduction to the curriculum and meet your mentor

2: Defining the Issue

3: Brainstorming Solutions

4: User Centred Design

5: Competitive Analysis

6: Branding and Promotion

7: Potential Revenue

8: Pitch Guidelines

9: Demo Guidelines

10: User Feedback

11: Video Editing

12: Submission!

Student Support

Overall the support from schools, coaches and mentors is perceived as good, or satisfactory, and the students thought they worked well in teams. A small percentage reported that team members dropping out caused problems. Responses to the questions regarding attitudes to STEM showed similar improvement after participation to that of the 2017 survey. Some of the questions regarding career interest showed a small improvement over the 2017 results.

Motivation to participate in the competition

In 2017, 12 girls mentioned that their involvement in the competition was due to it being a part of their school curriculum; this was not mentioned in 2018. The most frequent responses in 2018 were; to learn about coding, to work with friends and solve problems, similar results to those of 2017. More students mentioned being encouraged to participate by friends and/or siblings who had previously participated in the competition.


Benefits gained from participation

Students gained a variety of benefits and experiences from their participation in the competition.

“The benefits that I have gained from participating in this competition have definitely been time management and organisation. Also developing new skills that I can apply to many other things such as my vocabulary, speaking on the spot, persuading, my writing skills and other larger topics I had no idea about, such as potential revenues and other elements within the business plan. Other benefits I have also gained from this competition are qualities such as commitment, trust, teamwork, prioritising and thinking about the bigger picture.”

The students’ motivations and expectations focused mostly on their desire to learn more about coding and to work in teams. In 2018 students were encouraged to participate in the competition through friends and/or siblings who had participated in a previous competition or knew someone who had.

OUTCOMES/CONCLUSION

While some respondents stated that they had always been interested in technology and their participation in the competition confirmed this interest (25), some now felt they were more likely to consider a science or technology career than before (22). Importantly, 26 responded that their confidence, awareness, knowledge or interest in technology had increased, but not necessarily relating to a direction in study.


“I believe from the competition our interest in technology is enhanced because of the amount of time and effort we put into using technologies. I believe the competition has made us more confident in starting a new business or designing and developing new ideas from technology. The experience was positive and worthwhile”.

“My mind was open to ideas, but the Tech Girls competition has pointed me in the direction of technology.”

“Tech girl superheroes has taught me that I can do whatever I want in the future ... this competition has influenced my life greatly and I have become a more confident, better person because of it.”

Last tickets - Yeppoon event this Sunday; #Rockhampton Monday is sold out #techgirls #STEM @officeforwomen #Entrago #STEM

This weekend us tech girls go north to Yeppoon in Livingston and to Rockhampton to run our fun workshops! We are super excited to bring our program to central queensland to celebrate the budding entrepreneurial talent!

Sponsored by the Office for Women Queensland, Inspiring Australia & Makers@Capricorn Coast, and Entrago.

#IWD19 spent at 9 schools in #regional #NSW over 4 days - 250 #techgirls in #STEM @rdahunter @MEprogram @helpa

Happy #IWD2019!

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We had a brilliant kick off to our 2019! We spent 4 days around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley hosted by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter and their ME Program - chaperoned by the fabulous Sarah and Rick to visit 9 schools, with 250 girls in grades 7-9.

We covered 300 kms running our 2 hour STEM Entrepreneurship workshop at Maitland High School, St Joseph’s Lochinvar, Warners Bay High School, Cardiff High School, Newcastle Grammar School, San Clemente, with Dungog High School hosting us with Gloucester High School and Bulahdelah Central School on Friday for International Womens Day. Whew!

Then we launched our Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition on Friday too! Registrations for teams and mentors are now open until the 20th April. Come on a STEM Entrepreneurship journey to remember! Hear from our tech girls Helpa about their experience in Silicon Valley last year as winners of the competition.

How Teaching Young Girls How to Code is Beneficial to Their Future - a volunteer blog by Athena Baker

Thanks to Athena Baker for this volunteer blog post for Tech Girls Movement Foundation.

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As a writer and former volunteer of  100 Girls in Code, I have been fascinated with the way languages are structured and why learning how to code is important.

Although I wasn’t the best programmer in the classroom(nor do I have the patience to sit through a coding problem while I’m busy typing up a five-page essay a week before it’s due, ha ha), learning how to code nevertheless taught me to think for myself in a world where hundreds of opinions surround me every single day.

Despite the fact that we now live in a world where more girls are participating in STEM fields, most girls are still dissuaded from learning how to code. This is not only disappointing, but it is very stifling to America’s evergrowing, technological based economy.

According to a leading learning expert at Project Lead the Way(PLTW), a non-profit organization, computer science builds skills in a number of areas including math, problem-solving, creative thinking, and so on.

As such, much of America’s economy depends on the brilliant minds of intelligent, creative individuals (including girls). Not to mention that most of the world’s greatest computer programmers such as Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, are females, according to Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen from Tech Girls Movement Foundation and Adroit Research. So, it would especially be shameful if girls right now do not have access to the resources or even the privilege to become the next generation of successful engineers, web-developers, and programmers as their earlier counterparts.

In order to better understand why learning how to code is important,  let’s fire up our laptops and unleash our inner superhero(s) as we take a look into how teaching young girls how to code is beneficial to their future.

Becoming Better Organizers

As equally important as it is to make sure that your code works, it is also important to make sure that your code is well-organized. This can be as simple as typing up a lot of comments in order to help users understand how your code works or breaking your code up into readable functions.

To better understand what I’m saying, let’s take a look at this old magic-8-ball program that I wrote using Python2 code when I was in my second year of college:

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In this example, I’ve created two functions: one called “def magic8ball(question)”, which allows the user to “ask the magic-8-ball” a question  while the computer “randomly” decides on either of the following “answers” as shown in the if-elif-else statements. In other words, this is the “front end” of my code.

The other is is called the “def countSixes(n).” This makes sure that the user can continue to ask the “magic-8-ball” a question. In other words, this is the “back end” of my code.

Altogether, these two functions help to make the code more readable, combined with the use white space.

This way, even if the user doesn’t 100% understand how the code works, at least he or she can get an idea. This is especially true when he or she reads the comments, which in this case are the the red letters right after the “#” sign.

Although I haven’t coded in awhile, it is because of these skills that I have learned to better organize my schedule and this article as a whole. This way, it’s as readable as the code that I typed into my old program shell.

Pretty cool, huh?

Becoming Better Problem-Solvers

Whether it’s creating their own full-fledged visual novels using RenPy or solving Math problems while creating the world’s greatest Minecraft game level, learning how to code can help young girls become better problem-solvers.

Because coding utilizes basic math principles and logic skills, even if someone isn’t a math expert, learning how to code can utilize these skills together.

For instance, let’s take a closer look at the magic8ball code:

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As you can see in this def countSixes(n) function, the object of this function is to make sure that the magic8ball continues to work as long as the user “asks” a question.

To do this, the magic8ball “randomly” chooses a number after the user “asks” a question using a “while loop”, which makes the program run for as long as the user wants it to run,  and some basic math in order for the “magic8ball” to give the user any of the following “responses” numbered 1-6.

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Although it takes a bit of trial and error in order for the program to work, it is because coding requires girls to use basic math and logic in order to create a program such as this.

In other words, coding is applied logic, math, and organization.

Becoming Better At Cracking Other Languages

To be fair, learning how to code won’t help you become fluent in French in less than a day. However, because coding relies heavily on syntax and all language depends on syntax (or how our English teachers would say, “grammar”), it can help girls especially learn to understand how human grammar works.

For instance, some high-level computer languages such as Python require users to type in the correct syntax byte by byte. Otherwise, the program will not be able to understand what the user typed in and therefore will not be able to run.

This is similar to how humans interact with each other on a daily basis and cannot understand each other’s languages(in some ways, more than one).

Fortunately, unlike learning human foreign languages according to David Dodge’s Coding for Beginners,

“There are many coding concepts that are common to nearly every programming language in the world. Barring slight changes in syntax, the concepts are still legible by nearly anyone with programming proficiency.”

So at least you would have a better chance of becoming fluent a bunch of coding languages in less than a year than a human language in one.

Becoming Better At Paying Attention to Details

As you might have already noticed in the examples above, there is a lot that goes into the making of a program. However, the more you learn how to code, the easier it is to catch whatever mistakes are made in your program. This can especially help young girls if they plan on going into the arts or sciences.

Fortunately, because some languages such as Python can detect if the user made a syntax error by highlighting that mistake in red (once compiled), it’s easier for users not to have to search around their program for that mistake.

However, for logic and math errors, it is best to run the code multiple times in order to catch whatever mistakes were “calculated” into the computer.

After all, wouldn’t it be embarrassing if your answer to “1” + “1” was “11” as opposed to “2” just because of a simple syntax error?

BUT Most Importantly…

Coding Helps Girls Build the Confidence that THEY Need To Succeed

The good thing about learning how to code is even if you are not the best programmer in the classroom, learning how to code is great way to help young girls especially learn how to succeed in life.

No need to be afraid of reaching for a manual or handling all of the dirty details just because you’re not “technical enough.”

If you would like to learn more about why young girls should especially know how to code, check out these free resources located on the Tech Girls Movement Foundation site.

In Conclusion

Because coding teaches young girls how to become…

1.      Better problem-solvers

2.      Better organizers

3.      More detail-oriented

4.      Better language crackers

5.      Become more confident

It is a highly valuable skill and thus should be taught to girls of all ages and backgrounds.

In the meantime, what did you find interesting about this article? Are there any other reasons as to why girls should learn how to code? Who is your favourite woman of code?

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Maryland born writer Athena Zhang Baker has been writing all kinds of various articles, stories, and reviews since she was in seventh grade. As of now, she is continuing to write various articles on Computer Science such as “Ada Lovelace: The Making of an Ideal Liberal Arts Student” while running a Manga and Manhwa Club in Memphis, TN.

Announcing the Australian #SNTGS Primary School Finalists & @UN Award Winners #techgirls #STEM #entrepreneurship #realtechsuperhero @UN

Australian Primary School Finalists

New South Wales

PERL SQUAD, DANEBANK ANGLICAN SCHOOL FOR GIRLS HURSTVILLE & ST PATRICK'S PRIMARY SCHOOL KOGARAH

Giving Goodness is an online charity application where people donate items they don’t require using a easy to use form. When you do submit a donation, the app will prompt you with a reminder email. Giving Goodness will partner with local charities, shelters and social workers who will use our app to see a list of donations ready for pick up. We want to help support the most vulnerable people within our community. The purpose of giving goodness is to reduce the time spent donating to various charities, whilst improving the lives of others who need our assistance to live. 

STEAMA6, EMANUEL SCHOOL

STEAMA 6 is an app created to empower girls and inspire them to get involved in STEM areas. This app is aimed at primary school students but especially girls. It encourages girls to see themselves as STEM superheroes through relatable female role models. Our app involves learning areas in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics and Astronomy. The low amount of women is STEM fields is constantly in the media. In our primary school alone, we know that more boys inspire to work in STEM than girls. Our app provides lesson plans, information about us, courses, games quizzes and much more. 

E.M.I TEAM, NORTHBRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOL & SAINT ANDREWS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL

Top Dog is an app aimed at new and old dog owners, it contains general information like the average food and exercise intake according to size. It contains in-app purchases from a crafty website called Redbubble which contains merchandise. Also with a quiz that identifies whether you are ready for a dog with information to get you started. We also include a map that allows you to find nearby dog-friendly locations, you can also talk to our friendly chatbot, Top Dog, which informs you how to report abuse. So whether you are new or old, Top Dog is for you. 

SUPERSTAR CODERS, SANTA SABINA COLLEGE

Share2Care is a mobile app that connects businesses and individuals to charities. Share2Care aims to reduce the number of food going to landfill, using this app. Consequently, charities can collect surplus products for distribution amongst the less fortunate community. When logged in, businesses, supermarkets and individuals are able to submit a post with their name, product, quantity, contact, and location. This data is then published on the map and search page, which charities can view and collect the items to give to the needy. Share2Care is a unique application focusing on donating discarded food (in good condition) to the poor. 

RWORLD, ST MARY'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

WHY ISN’T ANYONE RECYCLING?!? This is a question that comes up a lot but most people don’t know the answer to this. Well, we know. Many people are not bothered, or maybe it’s because recycling is too much of a trouble to do! If you install our free app then recycling will become much easier to do. But what else is involved in recycling? REUSING! Which is also why we have made reshare - a program within the app to make reusing (or sharing) easier too. So help save our world by using Rworld!

Victoria

SUPER TECHIES, SHELFORD GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL

The My Active Buddies app will help motivate kids to enjoy active, healthy play in amazing local parks. The app is currently designed to connect 8-12 year old kids in the Glen Eira area with their community in a way that’s friendly - and fun!. The app promotes a park meet-up on the 1st Saturday of each month and shows how many kids plan to come, with a handy link to the City of Glen Eira website for the location of each park. The event details can also be easily shared with friends.

SUPER TECH GIRLS, SHELFORD GIRLS GRAMMAR

Over the past few years, we have noticed the harmful effects of the environment have been increasing rapidly. We all believe it is important to educate younger children about the threats to the environment and what they can do to make a difference. "TreeHouse" is an app designed to educate lower primary school students about the harmful effects of rubbish and pollution towards the environment. The app starts with login screen. Once login, it will go to main screen which has three section - Sky, Sea and Land and also has a Recycle and Waste. Each section in turn has educational video, a game and help section for the students to learn. The main screen also has section for Help, Settings, Feedback, About Us and Treehouse videos and games. All the app sections are kids friendly and focus on educating users on all aspects of the environment and how to save them. App inventor is used for coding the app, scratch for developing games, and Vimeo for developing app videos and iMovies for developing demo video and pitch videos. Tiny Db for storing user databases.

South Australia

TECH GIRLS BLACK FOREST, BLACK FOREST PRIMARY SCHOOL

Our app provides organization. It is an organising app like a calendar but with reminders and time schedules. It also includes stress-free tips and advice. The app doesn’t have a tick it off yourself system but gives reminders of when it should be done. This app is created for teenagers/teens starting high school. It will provide a safe environment for teens to put work, commitments or any other tasks they have to do on individual calendars. Our app is unique because it has reminders/alerts for when they should be working or doing something and when it’s due. 

FLOW, ST PETERS GIRLS SCHOOL

Our app’s mission is to improve the lives of kids with a disability, mental or learning difficulties through social connection and inclusion by providing a unique crowdsourced information resource. The idea of the app is to provide a way for kids to connect with each other and provide support through an anonymous moderated “posting system”, which allows them to ask and answer questions about the unique problems they face everyday. We will seek sponsorship from government and community to fund the development, monitoring and marketing of the app as well as providing opportunities to access professional care where required.

Western Australia

ANIMAL AWARENESS, ALL SAINTS COLLEGE

Our app is about raising awareness about endangered animal species. It is one of the few apps that teaches kids how to save endangered animals. This app is for kids who want animal species to survive and not become extinct. This app persuades kids to help animals keep their habitats. This app is made for children who don’t have education about endangered animals. This app helps everyone learn about the helpless, non-heard of animals from around WA. Every time your child completes a level, he\she will collect a daily prize. To make sure we save the animals, halt biodiversity loss!!!! 

SUPER4, ALL SAINTS COLLEGE

Our app provides Western Australian people with free education about recycling. It can help people to understand that if you do one thing it can lead to another helpful thing for our whole planet. It's a family game and you can play against family members and check your points to see if you are a good recycler. The player earns points to encourage them to recycle or re-use in real life then it becomes a habit. It also encourages them to have a worm farm, keep chickens, find a recycling place, and use a re-usable coffee cup. 

Queensland

MEDIREWARD, GOODNA STATE SCHOOL

Medireward is an app to help children remember to take their medicine. For children who do not like to take medicine, the app gives them tokens so they are motivated to take it. The idea is to support parents in remembering to give the medicine to their child and to reduce the amount of tantrums when giving medicine by allowing them to reward their child 

CAPTAIN TOTORO, WEST END STATE SCHOOL

The main purpose of our app is to give our busy road users the vital information they need if they hit an animal while driving. It also has a feature for users to exactly pinpoint the location of the injured or killed animals using GPS coordinates. These GPS coordinates can be used by animal rescue organisations like RSPCA and WIRES. Our app is not only for helping animals but it also has a ‘Kids Mode’ which is designed to educate young people around the native animals of Australia. This mode is has amazing information and it does not require wi-fi. 

HEALTHY HEROES, CITIPOINTE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

Looking for ways to be healthier? Yes2HealthyLife does it all! It helps teenagers and adults live a healthier life.We know that your life is busy and you don’t always prioritise exercise ,healthy eating and sleeping but our app will help you make smart decisions. The daily goal tab is based on exercise and gives you activities to complete over a period of time. Most adults and teenagers have phones now and people try and search up different ways to look after your body but Yes2HealthyLife gives multiple options to exercise, sleep and eat. Yes2HealthyLife is a great option for you. 

SPORTY 6, MANSFIELD STATE SCHOOL 

The problems we are solving are related to Education and Health. Our app helps kids to actively travel to school and learn how to travel to school safety and independently. The app combines fitness, games and education towards walking to school safely. The app has a survey for school/ teachers to record how students travel to school eg. Walking, cycling, scooting, carpooling and public transport. Then if you actively travel you can unlock games and prizes you receive at school. You can enter your data daily to help you chances of progressing through levels of your game. 

CSS TEAM 3, CRAIGSLEA STATE SCHOOL

Our app connects people who needs translators in their everyday lives with volunteer translators to help them communicate. People who need translators and volunteer translators both go onto the app and create a profile. Then the people who need translators can search for a translator for the right day and language to help them out. We think that this app will help new migrants and refugees who have come to Australia and are learning conversational English. Our app provides a difference from other app because it is connecting people together, and creating a community for people who need it. People who are moving to a new country don't just need help with a new language, they need help with everything. 

TYPING TROOPS, GOODNA STATE SCHOOL

It is an app to calm people down. If you are having anger issues you can go on to the app and you could take your mind off your anger. You can do this by yoga, meditation, breathing in and out, listening to relaxing music, and taking your frustration out on the punching bag. So after you have done all the things in the app to calm you down and you’re not angry you will be happy again. 

MY PET PAL, GOOD NEWS LUTHERAN COLLEGE

Did you know that in the past year there were over 70,000 cases of animal abuse reported in Australia? The RSPCA is the Australian not-for-profit organisation that works to protect animals from cruelty; each year they rescue over 100,000 animals! Many cases of animal cruelty are due to animals being improperly cared for and examples include neglect and starvation. Our app, “My Pet Pal” aims to reduce this problem by educating the next generation of pet owners. “My Pet Pal” provides interactive information, games and quizzes that educate primary-school aged children about the responsibilities of pet ownership.

FUR AIDES, WEST END STATE SCHOOL

Want to save native animals while creating cute avatars? This app is what you need. Fur Aides is an awesome way to help wildlife: • Volunteer for animal carers • Browse galleries and add your photos • Sponsor your favourite animals and their supporters • Play quizzes and test your knowledge You’ll earn Paw Points to buy furry avatars. Meet other Fur Aides on our Blog and Instagram, or make your avatars into emoji and screensavers. Earn more Paw Points to buy crazy accessories! Enhancing your avatar is fun, and every point you earn helps to save the environment for our native creatures. 

REEF RANGERS,  ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PRIMARY SCHOOL, GLADSTONE

“Rubbish off the Reef” is an educational app that helps children between the ages of 7-11 decide which bin to place their lunch rubbish into. Our school currently does not recycle lunch rubbish because children were not correctly putting rubbish in the correct bins - general and recyclable. This meant that all the recyclable rubbish was contaminated and couldn’t be recycled. We hope with education, through the use of our app, we can have recycling bins put back into our lunch areas, reducing landfill and preventing litter ending up in our waterways. Children will play a sorting game to help them learn which bin to put common rubbish from their lunch boxes in. Their goal is to make the emoji smile. If they are incorrect with their bin choice the emoji frowns and they have another go. Rubbish off the Reef also includes links to websites that provide more information. 

Australian Primary School United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Awards

COMMUNITY AWARD - THE LAKERS, LAKE CLARENDON STATE SCHOOL (QLD)

Matches consumers with farms and creates relationships. Helps you find road side produce stalls using google maps it also shows you the prices that farmers have given us to put on our app. It will also show you what they sell and a quote that they have also given us. It will provide you with information about where they are whether it has seasonal produce or not. Our app is designed for adults in the Lockyer valley who sometimes think that the shops prices are a bit too much for them. It provides less handled fruit and vegetables.

COMMUNITY AWARD - SSC SCHOO-BER, SANTA SABINA COLLEGE

Schoo-ber is a school-based carpooling/ride-sharing app that is safe and easy to use. The number of cars on the roads are major contributors to our environmental problems. Most primary school children are driven to school by their parents, and mainly in a car with many empty seats. Our app gives parents from the Santa Sabina community the opportunity to get on board and help the environment, as well as our traffic problems.

EDUCATION AWARD - SUPER 5’S, MANSFIELD STATE SCHOOL (QLD)

The topic of our app is writing. We think that our app helps children by developing the skills and abilities of our young authors. There is a workshop for writing your own stories and also an editing space! Other people using this app such as peers can help give you feedback and suggest to improve while being positive. Writing prompts are included to extend beyond your imagination when you begin to write. This app also connects you to the community of writing, check out the library section to read stories written by other mini authors. Also, follow and become friends with others to be one of the first to see their latest posts. 

EDUCATION AWARD - PETFINDER, ST MARY'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL (NSW)

Research has proven most missing pets are located close to their home. Our Petfinder app, helps pet owners locate missing pets by allowing them to create their pet’s profile with photo, name and breed. When a pet goes missing it activates pet owners and neighbourhoods to report and locate missing pets. When a neighbour locates a pet via the app, it will be taken to the vet to contact the pet’s owner and to check for injuries. The app will appeal to pet owners, council rangers, veterinary clinics and everyone in our community!

Education award - TECHIE TACOS, ALL SAINTS COLLEGE (WA)

We think education is the most important UN global goals and learning to read and write is part of this. Our app is designed for Year 1 and 2 students who struggle with their reading skills. Reading and spelling are connected, and this app helps with learning word families. The player reads a sound that is written on a basket at the bottom of the screen, Example OAT. You pick the apple that makes a word, Example G (G+OAT). If the incorrect answer is chosen, then a worm appears in the apple and encourages the player to keep trying. 

TECHIE TACOS, ALL SAINTS COLLEGE (WA)

We think education is the most important UN global goals and learning to read and write is part of this. Our app is designed for Year 1 and 2 students who struggle with their reading skills. Reading and spelling are connected, and this app helps with learning word families. The player reads a sound that is written on a basket at the bottom of the screen, Example OAT. You pick the apple that makes a word, Example G (G+OAT). If the incorrect answer is chosen, then a worm appears in the apple and encourages the player to keep trying. 

EDUCATION AWARD - COOL GIRLS, ALL SAINTS COLLEGE (WA)

Our product is an app to teach everyone how to become aware of treating animals properly. We are very committed to help animals live in the best environment they can, so this app teaches kids how important animals are in our world. Some features in this app are Games and Fun facts. One of our games is called Animal Dressing room where you must dress the animal fit for its environment. We want to make a difference in our environment and we hope our app will intrigue young people to learn about them too. 

ENVIRONMENT AWARD - ECO TEAM, CITIPOINTE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE (QLD)

Have you ever seen rubbish lying around your school yard, your local park, a forest while you’re exploring the great outdoors, or seen plastic bottles floating past you in the ocean? This should not be happening! This is harming your environment., , Did you know that 5.2 trillion plastic bags are in our oceans! 700 of our precious marine species are in danger of becoming extinct because of human carelessness. Over 1 million birds are killed ruthlessly each year because of litter., As young people growing up in Australia, we are concerned about the amount of rubbish carelessly discarded in our environment. We are concerned that the next generation will never be able to learn about marine life. If this continues, the ecosystem will collapse, all because we are choosing to ignore the damage we are inflicting upon the Earth., Well, we have a solution! PROTECHT is a fun, interactive educational quiz app that teaches and informs primary students about the impact of their rubbish on the environment. It is important to be aware of our Earth because we only have one, and this is the app to test your knowledge. 

ENVIRONMENT AWARD - WESS WATERWISE, WEST END STATE SCHOOL (QLD)

Our app is called Water Wise. In the app there are two games and a store there is also an info page. When you open the app the first page is the log in page but you can also sign up. The sign-up button is located at the top. There is triangle located in a small box that will change you to sign-up screen when you press it. On the info page it tells you about us. In the store you purchase hats and faces for your avatar. You can also donate to water wise to help us to help the government to save water. 

EQUALITY - SISTTERS, GOOD NEWS LUTHERAN SCHOOL (QLD)

The “It’s in the Bag” app helps people donate to an annual charity drive run by Share the Dignity. The charity helps homeless women by providing essential items such as toiletries and hygiene products. The women who receive the bags feel appreciated and respected. There are about 4000 women in Brisbane who need help this very moment. Using the checklist in our app, people can easily see what items they have already collected or might need to collect to support the charity. Once a bag is filled, the app will tell the user where the local collection points are located.

HEALTH AWARD - FOOD PYRAMID, CITIPOINTE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE (QLD)

Food Smart is an interactive research app that enables the user to choose and decide which foods are healthy options and good for their bodies. Food Smart teaches you to live healthily. You will learn to make smart decisions concerning your food choices which will help you to feel good. Sometimes you think you are making sensible choices but food or drink is actually full of sugar. Food Smart is aimed at 7 – 12 year olds as they are at a good age to form life long habits.

HEALTH AWARD - CONQUERIT! MOUNT GRAVATT EAST STATE SCHOOL (QLD)

Conquer it is an app that helps people whom experience anxiety as well as lack of organization skills. It provides uses with a wide range of optional strategies such as meditation, yoga and fitness which you can choses your level of difficulty as you go and pay for the full extreme version. Another advantage of "conquer" it is that it includes your very own mood track management system diary. Our app also contains a scan of your student ID and go-card. A great benefit is it is free from the app store and requires no wi-fi or internet. 

HEALTH AWARD - DM INNOVATORS, SANTA SABINA COLLEGE STRATHFIELD (NSW)

Our Minds and bodies are intertwined, the quality of a person’s physical and mental health is what we call wellbeing. A strong and healthy body is a combination of a positive attitude to exercise, nutrition and lifestyle. We created an app called BeeWell to support and nurture the health and wellbeing of children aged from 10-15. Our app consists of seven challenges that encourage children to be more physically active, and aware of the nutrition their body needs to function, like consuming fruit and enough water. The challenges are presented in a fun and interactive way, where children complete them with family and friends before posting their efforts onto a social community board. Are you ready to BeeWell?

PEACE AWARD - YUMMY PANDAS, WEST END STATE SCHOOL (QLD)

Our product is an anti-bullying app for children aged 5-17. This is because we wanted a wide variety of ages to expand our users. Our app will be fun and filled with information for the user to cope and get over cyberbullying. Our product will have large font, large buttons, bright colors, pictures, and will be targeted at the age of the child using the app. Why is Our Project important? Cyber bullying is a major issue for children, other young people, some of us have experienced it and bullying is not good for our mental health. Members of the Yummy Pandas team had experience of this sort of bullying. Who is it targeted at? This is an app available on all devices, is targeting children aged 5-17 is going regional. We are going to wait until later in the process to make it different languages. We have segmented our market into four areas, including information for parents. 

POVERTY AWARD - TEEN WORKS, GOLDEN BEACH STATE SCHOOL (QLD)

Are you ready to find your teen dream job but don’t think you have the skills you need? Teen Works is a solution to the problem many teens have when trying to find a job. Our App provides advice on how to be that successful applicant. No more worrying about how to present yourself, what to say and do. Teen Works has it all. Teen Works includes a categorised list of jobs suitable for your age group. This user-friendly App also allows employers to add jobs. So be job ready, build your knowledge and confidence with Teen Work. Teen Works makes your dream work!

Announcing the Australian #SNTGS Secondary School Finalists & @UN Award Winners #techgirls #STEM #entrepreneurship #realtechsuperhero @UN

Australian Secondary School Finalists

Western Australian Secondary School

CO2 & U, Shenton College

Our app is designed to spread awareness of the impact animal agriculture is having on the environment. CO2 & U deeply believe that a greater understanding and awareness is the first step towards solving a problem and making a difference in the world. Our goal is to convince one person to reduce their meat intake by showing them the impact they are having through fun challenges, calculating their CO2 contribution and providing possible meat substitutes for most popular meals. Every person makes a difference and the more people we can reach the greater a difference to the environment we can make. 

Community Connector, Penrhos College

We are a start-up called Community Connector. Our aim is simple; we want to make finding community service easier for high school students (between the years 7 to 12). The process of using our product requires schools to pay for a subscription per student and parent login. The students and parents will be able to download an app onto their smart device. Students are able to view and apply for three different types of opportunities that include community service, company held career conferences and organization run competitions. 

South Australian Secondary School

Savvy Shoppers, St Peters Girls School

SavvyShoppers is an interactive app that teaches primary school students, between the ages of 6-12 about being responsible consumers. This app is based on the United Nation goal of Responsible Production and Consumption. The user creates and account, in which, they can complete various missions and earnt green points -which they can use to customize their character. Depending on the efficiency whilst completing the app and how much waste they produce affects how many points they earn. SavvyShoppers is a unique experience for the user because it is an entertaining and effective way to learn about being a responsible consumer. 

SHEroes, St Peters Girls School

HerStory aims to educate and empower minorities, as well as magnifying the voices of minority groups across not just Australia but the world. The application has various features, including articles about equality, quizzes and other dynamic content. Through the utilisation of these features, the app is accessible to many different people, making the app ideal for a wide range of people who learn through the use of different techniques, creating a larger market. The speech-to-audio element of our app fundamentally shows what it is all about – available and accessible to everyone, giving any user the equal opportunity to enjoy HerStory. 

The Hopelings, St Peters Girls School

Our app is designed to help kids understand what it means to have tolerance and to make good decisions on their own. It uses situations which they might have to face to teach them how to handle it well. Of course we understand that everyone is different, but there is some common ground in what is right and what is wrong. We believe that children are our future and that our future should not consist of things that undermine minorities. We believe that if we can teach people at a younger age to think with an open mind, then we can hopefully help make this world a better place for everyone. 

Victorian Secondary School

Tiny Trio, Kilvington Grammar School

Our interactive app provides teen girls with education about money management. Girls can set goals for themselves to save up for a desired item, or just to keep track of their earnings and spending’s. This app helps girls learn about ideas and strategies to effectively save their money. We made this app specified for teen girls because we think that for many centuries it has been the norm for boys to take care of money in a family. Women will be able to manage money without the help of any men with this app. This is not exclusive to girls. 

8B-A, St. Aloysius College

Find Me a Sitter provides parents with babysitters/carers, no matter their situation. It targets children with special needs, disabilities etc. Our app will be like uber for babysitting. Our app is unique because we are providing care for kids and even adults with disabilities and we will hope that it will be one of the safest. There is a section in the app where you can select the special needs of your child or family member. We are encouraging parents with kids who have special needs and disabilities to sign up because no child is too hard to babysit. 

C.A.R.E, Kilvington Grammar School

The service this app provides connectivity for teenagers dealing with issues bigger than themselves. This device acts as a channel towards other revenues for teenagers who need help with problems they may not feel comfortable with telling their parents. This app will direct teenagers to various helplines including shelters, advice on bullying or anxiety. There are many government funded organizations for helping people however they are generally only operating from 9am-5pm. However, teenagers tend to need help outside of these hours. Our app will help connect teenagers to help sources 24/7 enabling them to feel always feel safe and secure. 

Vision Quest, St Aloysius

Our app is a simple game with many features and designs. You can simply start by signing up and setting your profile adding friends or invite them to get the game more interesting then the hunt beings, look for rubbish and try to find the bin then weight, wait for the ding and scan the barcode . Try to beat other people our highest score at the moment is 50,000g, the points get added with how much the item weighs. With this app we hope this will slowly affect the community and make it a better place. We hope this app will help our generation with the future. 

New South Wales Secondary School

Goal Diggers, Armidale High School

Resettlement in Armidale (R.I.A), is a supportive service for refugees and migrants arriving in Armidale. With built-in features including language translation and location, our app provides vital information for new residents arriving in Armidale. Our aim is to build partnerships with companies to create mutual benefits for both the user and the business. Our app will advertise businesses as suggestions for refugees seeking help in navigating our town. Our main focus businesses include doctor surgeries, dentists, and supermarkets. Information from these businesses provided on the app will include contact information for companies, emergency phone numbers, services available, price and location. 

Sunshine Girls, St John's College, Woodlawn

The app, Rayse, is based on the ideas of community, charity and sustainability. The 2017 Lismore Floods prompted community generosity and support. However, there was not a common platform for this. Rayse would meet this need. Initially, Rayse focuses on garage sales. Not only will people be decluttering/reusing, they will also be supporting others. Rayse allows people to access dates/locations/information on garage sales and/or advertise their sales. Sellers would nominate a local participating charity to which they would donate a percentage of their takings. In the future, Rayse would be used for many different forms of fundraising within the community. 

Talk to the Hand – My Bucket’s Full, CC Home School

The app is for people with sensory processing disorder. Designed to help people organize themselves, feel calm and relaxed, ready to face the world. The app includes choices between • Sensory Wake Up; activities that assist you to alert your senses and get you in the optimal zone for the day • Sensory Pit Stop; activities that assist you to refocus and refuel yourself to stay on task • My Bucket; allows you to choose what sense you want to focus on and will give you activities to help desensitize it if your bucket is feeling overloaded (high), or activate your senses if your bucket is empty (low). • Other general activities such as drawing and calming music and games. 

Pawgirlz, Maitland State High School

The Off-Leash app helps prevents and decreases dog attacks. Our idea provides better access to information about dog training. Use the App to become a part of the dog training and safety local community. Users create an account, and we make it as simple as possible to teach your dog sensible behaviour. With a click of a button you can watch video tutorials on how to train your pet, or access a map that directs you to your local pet facilities. Using Off Leash, users can communicate with other dog owners, organise meetups, and get advice from other owners. 

Queensland Secondary School

Domestic Angels, Gladstone State High & Boyne Island State High School

The Domestic Angels app was made to allow victims of domestic and family violence (DFV) to contact Police without being detected by their abuser. This app has been disguised as a cleaning app to avoid detection by the abuser and to stop inadvertent use or abuse of the app. However, the app allows the victim to contact Police using three quiet, simple and fast steps while keeping the abuser completely oblivious to what the victim is doing and thus keeping the victim safe. The victim’s message is sent by SMS directly to the Police and includes the victim’s location making it easier for Police to arrive quickly. 

Unicorn Girls, All Hallows’ School

Each year, 271 Australians drown from ocean rips; making rips one of the biggest killers. Alarmingly, one third are tourists, highlighting the urgency to educate inbound migrants, tourists and the Australian public about beach dangers so they stay safe and feel comfortable in the water. To combat this problem, we’ve developed Ripsure, a beach safety app. The app is designed to educate users about rips and how to spot them. It also aims to decrease the number of beach related incidents and drownings in an engaging manner that involves games and videos. Additionally, it also includes information about sun safety, what the surf lifesaving flags mean and what to do in the case of an emergency. 

Blue Buddy, St. Aidans Anglican Girls School

Depression impacts over 3 million Australians. It is well recognised that depression can be a lifelong illness that causes extreme suffering for the victim, however the negative implications of the illness on the families of sufferers is not well recognised. Our app (Blue Buddy) provides family members of depression sufferers with the necessary support to allow them provide care while maintaining their own mental health. Our app is unique in its focus on those who care for and live with someone suffering from this debilitating mental illness. 

JJIA, Earnshaw State College

Our app, Time out, is a stress-relieving app that mainly focuses on the ages of 13-25. It includes a variety of elements that will help you calm down, relax and allow the stress and anxiety to leave you. These features include a small game at the beginning, a ‘plan it out’ section where you are able to organise your week and time manage. There is a ‘relax and reflect’, which contains a variety of choices of soothing music. After conducting research, Stress-free agency, found that helping others is stress reliving so we added a ‘help-out’ section where you’re able to contact helplines, read through research and then write your own experiences. This app has unique value as it connects people in need to people in stress. Overall, Time Out is an app that can help millions of students who are constantly affected with stress and anxiety.

Brigidine Go Girls, Brigidine College

In Australia, one in three women experiences physical violence from the age of fifteen (Our Watch, 2018). While men must remain accountable for this crisis, it is simply a fact that we, as young women, must prepare ourselves for the dangers. Our app will aid women in feeling safe in all situations by providing safety tips - including aspects of self-defence - as well as emergency contacts to police and helplines. This app is exclusively aimed at women between the ages of 15 and 25, therefore fostering a 'made for women by women' community. We believe there is a significant gap in the market for a woman-centric self-defence app that focusses on safety, and therefore success is imminent.  

P-Cubed, Good News Lutheran School

P-Cubed’s free multi-platform app, Plastic Pollution Preventers, will help young Queenslanders consider how much plastic they use in their daily lives and its environmental impacts. The app allows users to record the quantity of plastic used and make better choices when purchasing products and choosing recyclable and reusable plastic bags. By doing this we hope to reduce the 8 million tonnes of plastic that flows into the world’s waterways, oceans and landfill each year. Our app is unique for two reasons; it allows users to track their plastic use, and it has been designed specifically with young Queenslanders in mind. 

Fine nines, Mount Saint Michael's College

"Balance Me" aims to help you maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. All users need to do is tell us what their week looks like as well as some basic personal information, so we can create a specific and helpful schedule to assist in juggling school or work, physical activity, relaxation and social time. "Balance Me" is created by students for students, to help find an equilibrium in life. It is set apart from all other products because it considers what is essential for a healthy life - a blend of work, exercise and relaxation. Enjoy the generated schedule which will help you to become the best that you can be. 

Indigenous, Townsville State High School

Our app encourages people to get involved in other cultures, particularly our Indigenous cultures. This app will enable people to read traditional dreamtime stories, learn more about Indigenous cultures and their fight for land rights. Later through further development of our app we will incorporate a further game aspect where quizzes can be completed to gain Indigenous 'artefacts' that can decorate the users Indigenous garden. With future development this app would also enable the user to scan QR codes located on the Castle Hill Goat Track. When these codes are scanned they will show information about the Indigenous history relating to that item and location. 

STEM Cells, Noosa District State High School, Pomona Campus

This app allows teenagers to find volunteering opportunities within their local area. Our services create memorable and positive experiences and are beneficial for motivated students as they can find a job they are capable to do and passionate about. We hope our app will enlighten kids about the many experiences they can be apart of and help them decide what they would like to achieve in the near future. This app contains: Log In/Sign Up Page, Registration, Terms and Conditions, Home Page, Calendar, Profile, Volunteering Organisations (Humanitarian, Community/Environment and Animal Volunteering), Top 3 recommended organisations, Local Events and a Map. 

Australian United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Awards

Education Award - Green Lantern Corps, Cannon Hill Anglican College (Qld)

Our app is an interactive app that is aimed at 8-14-year-olds living in Australia. Our aim is to inform children about how to dispose of items in a fun and interactive way. It enables the user to choose which bin to put a variety of different objects in. The app then provides a short, entertaining story about what happens to the item. The app also gives the user interesting websites to visit, ways to reuse items and what happens to items after you put them in a bin. 

Education Award - Cryptography Girls, Cannon Hill Anglican College (Qld)

This app provides education and safety. It helps educate children and adults on the importance of train safety and track safety, in a fun and informative format. This app is aimed at 8-12 year olds, who may be travelling on trains alone or with elder siblings. Young children usually are not educated on train safety, since their normal schools do not cover that topic, putting them at a very high risk of train accidents; compared with adults. The unique value that this app provides is an education on safety, which would normally be boring, but here is exciting and you want to continue and learn more, because you do not realise you are learning. 

Environment Award - Galaxy Girls, Good Shepherd Lutheran College (Qld)

Our R³ app teaches students how to recycle in a fun and innovative way. It has been designed to encourage the younger generation to be enthusiastic about practicing the three R’s. Aimed specifically at students from Prep to Year Five, it will generate excitement about recycling through a competition while also being informative. Our app will be the hub for the competition where students can clock up points, compare their scores to that of their classmates and eventually other schools. It has information about what can and cannot be recycled and ideas for reducing household waste and creatively re-using items in new and innovative ways. Our app is unique in the way that it uses a competition to inspire students to recycle. After researching the app market, we have found that our app is original and very different to other apps of the same category. 

Environment Award - Code Monkeys, Clairvaux MacKillop College (Secondary) and St Bernards Catholic Primary School (Qld)

LitTerly is an app designed to encourage people to pick up litter in a fun and rewarding way. It allows users to photograph litter they have collected, classify that litter by amount collected, and then share that photo on the app. Users earn points based on the amount of litter they collect (bonus points for recycling). They move up different levels as their points increase. High scorers will show on the Litterboard. The app also provides educational facts about the effects of litter in the environment. It also allows users to create their own clean-up events and groups. 

Environment Award - EnviroLife, Mountain Creek State School (Qld)

Envirolife is an environmental app that targets children from the age of six and over. it teaches kids about plants and how to use them in every day cooking. The app looks towards teaching children about the environment in a fun and easy way. It features six different herbs that have identifiable photos for you to work out which herb it is. Each herb has a recipe in the food section, that will help kids get involved in cooking. All meals are healthy, delicious, and will have your children cooking for the whole family in no time!  

Environment Award - RemFriends, St Peters Girls School (SA)

We are Rem Friends. The app we have created is Remmunity. Remmunity primarily aims to address and solve a vital problem within Australia’s growing society. We aim to solve the problem of the increasing amount of landfill and the impact it has on the environment. To do this, we have created an app where people in the users community can trade usable unwanted items that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Our App is free to public use and allows people to trade, give and remove re-usable unwanted items through the recycling process.

Equality Award - SSC Five, Santa Sabina College (NSW)

“A Helping Hand” is a social networking system for volunteers and elderly people to contact each other. After signing up and completing a simple online survey about their qualifications and/or special needs, it gives the volunteers the opportunity to provide assistance or company for the elderly. Our target market is mainly centered towards elderly people and their families who would like some help for themselves or for their older relatives. A Helping Hand is a completely free app, unlike other competitor apps in this topic area, this makes it completely affordable for everyone, and it really sets it apart. 

Equality Award-  STEM@Collegiate, St Michael's Collegiate School (Tas)

Here at Collegiate, we are creating an app to further the STEM education provided to the girls at our school, leading to more young ladies graduating as successful engineers. This app will (hopefully) gather the funds required to build our new STEM building, allowing us to further our schooling in the area of STEM. We use Augmented Reality to show them what the 2D plans will look like in real life as well as show them what is possible for girls to create in STEM. This will hopefully encourage more girls to join in STEM. 

Health Award - Brigidine College Ninjas, Brigidine College (Qld)

The product that the Brigidine Code Ninjas are developing is an app which acts as an animal health care program, attacking the problem of poorly treated pets due to lack of knowledge from first time pet owners. The app will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing to suit the needs of anyone with domestic animals. The app's functionality will contain information about your chosen animal including nutrition, required equipment, possible dangers, choosing the right animal for the user's lifestyle and much more. The software will also contain a tracker to remind owners of when appointments are, along with links to veterinary clinics to book appointments. The app will also contain many fun features, such as a media page targeted towards people's pets and children (whom usually take their parents phones and play) and fun/lovable characters that will play an important role in marketing. 

Peace Award - SafeSpace, Earnshaw State College (Qld)

Safe Space is an app designed to help teenagers deal with issues such as bullying, school stress, anxiety or even depression. The app includes: a chat page for people to share and help with other’s issues, a multiple-choice game that simulates real world issues for teens and a motivational quote page to keep the positivity flowing. Social media is a major aspect of teenage life and Safe Space is like another form of social media, except it is a supportive and positive chat forum that helps teenagers going through struggles. Teenagers are the future leaders of the world and Safe Space aims to support and help them to overcome any social issues that they may face  

Peace Award - Brigo Code Heroes, Brigidine College (Qld)

GoPizza (app) will help women and children feel safe, in a violent domestic situation. The app has multiple features that will give a variety of types of help that you can receive depending on the severity of your violent situation. GoPizza is disguised as a pizza delivery app, that will contact the police. The police will get an alert saying that the caller is coming from the app and will have a script which will guide them to helping the victim. The name GoPizza means that the pizza will GO to get help for you and adding PIZZA to the name helps disguise the app from the perpetrator. GoPizza will be available on all app stores. 

Poverty Award - Argyros, Ravenswood School for Girls (NSW)

Argyros is an app that helps people who need assistance and those who want to assist them. The main purpose of our app is to supply our target audience with the resources they need to survive. Our Argyros app suggests accommodation venues, job submissions, easy economical recipes, cost-effective shops for affordable good-quality clothing and food and more. The Greek word ‘anargyros’ refers to saints who do not expect payment for their services. Our app name ‘Argyros’ meaning silver has been chosen because we provide the “silver” people need (food, clothing, jobs, accommodation etc.) without asking for payment in return. 

 

Announcing the #NZ #SNTGS Finalists and United Nations Award Winners #techgirls #STEM #entrepreneurship #realtechsuperhero @UN

New Zealand Secondary School Finalists

SussDAYnable, St. Hildas Collegiate, Dunedin

At present, many precious green spaces are being cleared for livestock and crops, however 30-50% of food produced worldwide will never be consumed. Our app aims to minimise food wastage in households. Users will plug in food they have at home which may otherwise go off, they will then be presented with recipes which include these food items thus saving them from the landfill. Society is increasingly becoming time-poor, an app with a variety of easy to follow recipes has never been more enticing for the consumer. We hope to bring environmentally conscious cooking into households around the world.

Villa Tech Girls, Villa Maria College, Christchurch

We noticed that the number of obese children has increased due to lack of exercise and healthy eating. We also noticed that car emissions are damaging the environment. Bi-schooling will make children more confident when riding a bike on the road as they can do it in a group as well as learn the road rules. This will help to reduce the affect that car emissions have on the environment as well as keeping kids healthy. They can find children who are biking to the same destination and join their group to bike together and find a safe route.

New Zealand Primary School Finalists

EEDAA, Frankley School, New Plymouth

Our app is about bullying. You will go onto our app and you will learn how to stop bullying from happening and how you can stop it from happening to you. You will also learn what to do when it happens. It will also have if you get angry or upset, an area to calm yourself down. Like Quotes and little games. Our app is for Kids aged 7-14 who are being bullied or are a bully and want to stop it. 

Creative Coderz, Frankley School, New Plymouth

Our app helps fish not get endangered because fishermen will not take more than they are allowed and will stick to the legal size. It is difficult to know the rules. Each region has different ones and there are many kinds of fish. It’s not easy to look up a website when you are fishing and your hands are sticky and dirty. We created a Fishing Siri to let fisherman get information hands free. By calling out the name of the fish, it gives back information about the size limit and daily catch limit for that fish. There are different buttons for each region of New Zealand. There is a camera allowing a fisherman/woman to take a photo of the fish.

Crazy Coderz, Frankley School, New Plymouth

Our app is called My Safety Toolkit. It provides safety information about the Mountain, the river and the bush. Bush, Mountain, River This app is to make sure that anyone who goes to these places is safe and knows what they will need. This is for tourists and people of New Zealand that need to learn how to be safe. The unique value is that it helps anyone who comes to New Zealand can explore our beautiful country. We will also be adding some video’s for those who don't like reading and prefer watching :) 

NZ United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Awards

Education Award - Roelvie - St Hilda's Collegiate School, Dunedin

Our app lartech, is an educational app that allows children who are in hard to reach areas or who just want a bit of extension to be able to access the resources that they need to be able to enhance their learning. When you go into the app you will be shown a page that says start lessons, profile and books recommendations. The first thing you will want to do is create a profile, then you will go into start lessons and select your age - you can select any age so if you want extension you can go the age above or if your struggling go to the age below. The last feature is the book recommendations page where you will go in and select the genre of book you want and it will take you to a page with book recommendations under that genre, you can also write and post your own recommendations. 

Environment Award - Blue Dreams - Frankley School, New Plymouth

This product helps people so they know how to look after their pets and how to look after animals it also tells you if you can go near them or not. Our app is for Family and Friends with pets or don’t know how to look after animals from other countries or people who want to get a pet but don’t know how to look after them. This app will also tell you what animals are dangerous and what animals aren't and where you can find them and how close you can get up to an animal for instance a dog pretty close unless they are vicious. 

Health Award - Unicoder - Frankley School, New Plymouth

The app is about stress relief. The app helps people when they feel angry. We help them with kid friendly, relaxing music, and some mini-games, if that’s what helps them relax. The app is called Calm Down (targeted at 10 and up for both gender because of school tests, bullies, and work, so on and so forth.