CIO Raechelle Clemmons, Tech Mentor
May 2, 2011:
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Raechelle Clemmons, Menlo College CIO, has been accepted as a mentor for the Technovation Challenge program. This program, sponsored by tech companies including Google and Microsoft, is designed to give high school girls hands-on experience with engineering and tech entrepreneurship. The Technovation Challenge Program is a nine-week, after school program that brings together high school girls, female university engineering students, and female professional high-tech mentors. The students and mentors work together to learn programming concepts using App Inventor for Android (TM), a visual programming language developed by Google for smart phones. Concepts in entrepreneurship are explored through lectures and hands-on exercises on topics such as product and user interface design, marketing, finance, and presentation and public speaking. Through the course, each team creates a mobile app prototype and writes a business plan for their app. The program culminates in a "Pitch Night" during which students demo their apps and present their business plans to venture capitalists and industry professionals, get feedback, and win prizes. Spring 2011 courses will run from February to April 2011, in select nationwide cities including Mountain View.
"The Technovation Challenge is a unique opportunity for me to share my passion for technology with young women. I am honored to support a program focused on entrepreneurship and innovation, which are such important elements of an education at Menlo College," said Raechelle.