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Kickoff. Week 1. Session Agenda. 5:30 – Introductions/Icebreaker/Get Snack 6:00 – Introduction to Technovation 6:15 – Mobile Technology & Entrepreneurship 6:45 – Intro to Project Management 7:00 – Activity: HelloPurr 7 :25 – Technovation Resources. Objectives.

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Week 1

Session agenda

Session Agenda

  • 5:30 – Introductions/Icebreaker/Get Snack

  • 6:00 – Introduction to Technovation

  • 6:15 – Mobile Technology & Entrepreneurship

  • 6:45 – Intro to Project Management

  • 7:00 – Activity: HelloPurr

  • 7:25 – Technovation Resources



  • Introductions - Bingo

  • Technovation Program Overview

  • Mobile Technology Landscape

  • Introduce Project Management

  • Programming Activity

  • Technovation Resources

Meet your instructor

Meet your Instructor

Meet your mentor

Meet your Mentor


  • What’s your name?

  • What school do you go to (or company do you work for)

  • Why are you excited about the Technovation Challenge?

Icebreaker bingo

Icebreaker - Bingo





  • How are we going to do that?

    By teaching you a combination of entrepreneurship, design thinking and programming.

  • What is an App?

    Short for application. It is another word for program. A mobile app is a program that you use on a phone.



Class rules

Class Rules

  • Respect yourself, each other, & materials

  • No texting, no phone calls

  • No surfing the web

  • During instruction, ALL laptops closed

  • Pay attention and don’t be disruptive

  • Attendance policy – 1 absence allowed

The challenge

The Challenge

To develop a science education app

Technovation challenge

Technovation Challenge

Bay Area Regional Pitch Event – April 28

National Pitch Night – May 3

Judging criteria

Judging Criteria

To win a competition you must know what you are being judged on!

Find a copy of the judging criteria in your Technovation Workspace on Google Docs

Mobile tech entrepreneurship

Mobile Tech & Entrepreneurship

  • Speaker – Name, Title

  • BIO

Mobile tech entrepreneurship1

Mobile Tech & Entrepreneurship

  • Speaker’s slides go here



Introduction to project management

Introduction to Project Management

  • Plan what needs to be done and how long you will work on it

  • Communicate with the team and keep everyone updated on progress

  • Track all the information and feedback of the project and record the history

Project management tools

Project Management Tools

Scrum – a tool to keep track of what you are:

  • planning to do

  • are doing

  • have done

    Stand Up – a method of communication so team stays on the same page throughout the program

Stand up

Stand Up

More project management tools

More Project Management Tools

Find more helpful project management tools in your team’s Technovation Workspace on Google Docs

Introduction to app inventor

Introduction to App Inventor

Event driven programming

Event-driven Programming

  • An event is an action that occurs outside the program, that the program needs to handle

  • Examples:

    • key presses

    • mouse clicks

  • Event handlers

Activity be a p hone a pp

Activity:Be a Phone App

  • 1 Volunteer to be the interface(a button)

  • 1 Volunteer to be an event handlerstand behind your interface element

  • 1 Volunteer to be the user

  • Teacher will be the phone

App inventor designer

App Inventor: Designer

App inventor blocks editor

App Inventor: Blocks Editor

App inventor emulator

App Inventor: Emulator

Set up wireless

Set-up Wireless

  • Click on Settings App

  • Select Wireless & networks

  • Select Wi-Fi settings

  • Select Wi-Fi. A green check will appear by it.

  • Select Wi-Fi settings. Choose the network and password (if there is one) written on the board.

Phone settings for development

Phone Settings for Development

Click on the Settings App

Select Applications.  This will open a new page.

Select "Unknown sources". A green check will appear by it.

Select Development. This will open a new page.

Select "USB debugging". A green check will appear.

Select "Stay awake". A green check will appear.

Hit back button until back at Settings screen.

Activity program and hack hellopurr

Activity:Program and Hack HelloPurr

Pair programming

Pair Programming

  • Driver – hands on keyboard & mouse

  • Navigator – tells driver what to do

  • Switch every 5-10 minutes

  • Two brains are better than one

Technovation syllabus


Weekly reflections

Weekly Reflections

  • What did your team like about this week?

  • What challenges did your team have this week?

  • Anything else your team would like to share?

Technovation challenge google group

Technovation Challenge Google Group

Share with us on twitter facebook

Share with us onTwitter & Facebook

Tweet us: @_technovation_


Like us on Facebook: Technovation Challenge

Ongoing offsite activities

Ongoing Offsite Activities

  • Learn App Inventor

  • Think about Science Education Apps

  • Login