1. What was your most favorite part(s) about your participation in the Technovation World Pitch Summit?
I really liked each day of this wonderful experience.
One of my most favorite parts was listening to great people sharing their experience, who created amazing things and who believe in a better world. They were not afraid to build great companies, products that millions of people use today, things that make our lives easier.
I met participants from another parts of the world, who were motivated to create an app to solve a problem in their community. Our culture might be different, but we all have the same motivation – to do something to make our world better.
2. What did you think of San Francisco?
I liked the diversity of the city – in one place you can find skyscrapers, small houses, mountains, parks, lakes, and a lot of bridges. Although people are of different nationalities, or might have different native languages, they are all living together in the same city, interacting with each other and respecting each other.
a. What was your favorite part of the city?
I liked almost everything about the city – the skyscrapers, the small colorful houses, and the ocean view. My favorite street was the crooked Lombard Street, which was a challenge for us to climb, but we did it!
3. What did you learn from this experience?
The most important lesson was to keep everything simple: to be simple, not to complicate things as we sometimes tend to. If there is something you really want to do or have, for example you notice an app that is missing in our world – just start and create it! Don’t complain about what could go wrong and all the reasons why it shouldn’t work, but start building it. And it’s not just about the apps, it’s about everything – would you like to use a product that doesn’t exist yet – create it!
There are also some lessons I learned from the inspiring speech of the CEO of Dropbox, Drew Houston and would like to share:
“Find what you enjoy”
“Learn to work hard”
“Join a startup”
“To learn something it takes a while”
And finally, “Life is a journey”, learn to enjoy it.
4. What is something you will take from this experience for your future?
There is a quote that I heard at Technovation Challenge and inspired me a lot: “Explorers make their own map”. Nowadays there are a lot of opportunities – if you have a computer and connection to Internet, with a simple search you can find a lot of them, but what’s important is to be motivated to search for them, set your goals and work hard to achieve them.
5. Now what?
The Technovation Challenge World Pitch Summit was a very inspirational experience. I will share this experience with other participants, girls like me and anyone interested in listening.
Now I am involved in the GirlsGoIT program, which is also an initiative to support girls in learning IT and Technology. For the next year I plan to contribute to these two initiatives, GirlsGoIT and Technovation, and pass to other people this wonderful experience from the Technovation World Pitch Summit.
6. Have more to share? Tell us more…
Technovation Challenge was a great opportunity for me. An initiative that couldn’t be possible without people who were involved, who organized, supported and believed in it.
I want to say thank you to everyone making it possible to happen, and to encourage other girls to participate, because it will be a very valuable experience.