Competition to reveal next Tech Girl Superheroes

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Solutions for rostered carpooling to school, peer mentoring during study time and activities to reduce stress are just some of the winning app entries announced at the Search for the next Tech Girl Superhero competition today.

Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said the goal of the Tech Girl Superhero competition was to inspire schoolgirls, aged seven to 17 years, to use technology to solve a local community problem for social good.

“Sparking the interest of young women to pursue STEM and ICT careers is critical if we are to make the most of the innovation and entrepreneurial movement,” Ms Enoch said.

“Diversity is a key driver of innovation and it is vital that women are supported to play their part in the knowledge economy.

“There is already a great interest as can be seen by the almost 500 entries received for The Tech Girl Superhero 2016.”

Ms Enoch said that men outnumber women in jobs related to technology, engineering and maths at a ratio of roughly four to one and more boys than girls studied Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

”Through the Palaszczuk Government’s $405 million Advance Queensland initiative we are working to help change this,” Ms Enoch.

“Through programs like our Research Fellowships and PhD scholarships and initiatives like the Women’s Academic Fund our government is supporting and promoting talented women scientists and entrepreneurs working in STEM fields.

“We’re doing this because we know that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations in Queensland require science, technology, engineering or maths knowledge.

“For example, if young women take up an ICT career they can work just about anywhere – in finance, government, health, education, gaming, mining and agriculture.”

Each school team was matched with a mentor who guided the students over 12 weeks with weekly online meetings.

Students had to identify a problem in their local area, research it, and build a prototype of their app.

The competing teams then uploaded their app and business plan to YouTube for judging.

The Queensland Government, through the Department of Science, IT and Innovation, supported the Tech Girls Movement with $20,000 funding through the Young Starters’ Fund

The Tech Girls Movement 2016 state finalists are:

Queensland
State Finalist (Secondary): Study Buddy team from Clayfield College
State Finalist (Primary): Bye Bye Cultural Bullying team from Mount Gravatt East State School

New South Wales
State Finalist Secondary: Amuse team from Nagle College
State Finalist Primary: Reading Republic team from St Philip Neri School

Victoria
State Finalist Secondary: Cars Connect team from Bialik College
State Finalist Primary: Bialik College – the Trash Dash team

Tasmania
State Finalist Secondary: From the Docks team from St Michael’s Collegiate School

Western Australia
State Finalist Secondary: Vocabulary Voyagers team from St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School

The Tech Girls Movement 2016 national winner will be announced late September.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

 
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