In the signature program of the Tech Girls Movement, the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero, girls from 7-17 years old in Australia and New Zealand form a team and enter the competition.
They are then matched with a female tech mentor who meets weekly with them for 12 weeks. Teams identify a problem in their local community to solve, then research and document a solution in a business plan, build a working app prototype and pitch it in a public video.
For more information please visit the official website here.
Finalists and UN award winners are named in both primary and secondary categories in Australia and New Zealand. Awards are given in the following categories: community, education, environment, equality, health, peace, and poverty.
The most costly aspect of this competition is likely to be making the pitch video though there may be some costs associated with building the app prototype.
Since the competition matches each team with a female tech mentor, students don't need any prior technical skills, though having experience coding, building apps, or public speaking will all come in useful.
Students meet with their tech mentor once a week for 12 weeks and will be expected to do significant work outside of their meetings including researching needs in their community, designing their business plan, building their app, and filming their pitch video.