My bags are packed & I’m ready to go…

Where to now?
My bags are packed, and I’m ready to go!  I’m heading to the US for the first time in 2 years! But… I won’t be going home to Pennsylvania just yet…
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I have the amazing opportunity to travel to San Francisco for about a week for training for the inaugural Master Educator program with Technovation. It just so happens that the training will be happening at the 2016 World Pitch Summit. That means I’ll be in San Francisco at the same time as the girls who are participating as a visiting team to attend this global event. I’m thrilled to be able to experience this along with them!

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Also, in addition to the visiting team, a girl from Moldova was selected to participate in the first-ever student ambassador program and will be attending a similar training in San Francisco at the same time. We’ll be traveling together and she’ll be experiencing her first plane ride and probably by the end of the week she’ll be tired of my jokes.

I’m so excited for this opportunity especially for all the girls and their mentor. For most of the girls this is their first time flying on an airplane and traveling to the US. Plus, they’ll get to connect with many new people from all over the world in addition to learning all sorts of new things relating to technology.

What will the girls be doing at this event?
The girls will be participating as a visiting team, which is possible thanks to the amazing local partner sponsors: Girls Go IT, Sun Communications, and Tekwill. Also possible thanks to the many individuals near and far that made it a reality through the fundraising campaign that was launched a few months ago. As a visiting team, they get to attend the World Pitch Summit just like the 10 finalists teams except they won’t be pitching their app idea. They’ll be one of 7 visiting teams from around the world who will get to meet other inspiring girls who are interested in tech and have the opportunity to build connections with other teams and learn from one another. The girls will also get to tour tech companies in Silicon Valley and also will share their app idea during the showcase event (like a tabletop expo). In addition to this, we hope to be able to connect them with some women in the tech industry who are from Moldova as well, but those details have still yet to be worked out.

What will I be doing?
As for me, I’ll be attending a training for the new Master Educator program where I’ll get to meet other Master Educators from all over the world to connect and collaborate on ideas and ways to encourage and engage girls in the Technovation program. I’m looking forward to meeting them all and learning from them! I’ll also get to attend the World Pitch event and see the top 10 finalists teams pitch their app ideas. The results will be announced the following day, in addition to hearing from keynote speaker, Debbie Sterling, Founder and CEO of Goldieblox (if you hadn’t heard of her and this product yet, you should check it out!)

What’s for the future?
So then, what? All of this is great, super exciting and full of all sorts of connecting and learning for all of us. The girls from the visiting team will take away ideas on how to improve their app idea and will be part of the 2017 edition of Technovation in Moldova. Then, both the student ambassador and I will take from the training’s an action plan for the year ahead for Moldova along with lots of ideas from others on what has worked or not worked for them in their communities. We’ll work on implementing them starting in the fall. I’ll share more about the work I’ll be doing in the next year ahead another time, but as you can see from this, Technovation Challenge will still be a part it. 🙂

I’ll share more once we return from San Francisco!

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