#ACORNHACKWOW — 24–25 SEPTEMBER, 2016 @ ENTREPRENEUR FIRST

Technology is embedded in our everyday lives. A global technology revolution is taking place. But if women and girls aren’t a part of it, the future for women’s rights and a more equal, balanced society, is bleak. We seek to empower and enhance female representation in technology.

On 24–25th Sept, forty teenage girls who have never coded before were inspired to take their first steps into tech entrepreneurship and to turn their original ideas into working prototypes.

At a hackathon event over 48 hours, teenage girls created six working technology prototypes designed to help them improve their studying and revision. All have subsequently secured work experiences in tech companies across London as a result of their prototypes.

Teenage girls, who would not normally consider tech or computer science, were inspired to get creative with digital technology, as well as attending masterclass workshops in ideation, prototyping, APIs, lean UX, coding and Business Model Canvas . The purpose of this event was to equip young women with the tools that will enable them to become change-makers and entrepreneurs of their own lives.

#AcornHackWow was designed to compliment a Women in Tech event held at Royal Geographical Society, organised by WOW Talks in partnership with Acorn Aspirations, Empiric and AppsForGood. Female founders and tech entrepreneurs shared their journeys and stories with the mission to inspire the next generation of female tech entrepreneurs.

Judges of the hackathon included Alice Bentinck, MBE, co-founder of Entrepreneur First, Aftab Malhutra, CEO of Growth Enabler, Kim Arazi, CEO of WOW Talks and Darryll Bannon, head of business at Virtually Reality.

After the jam-packed weekend all teams have been offered work experience in tech companies through NextTechGirls, Virtually Reality cardboards, discounts on VR Experience workshops courtesy of Virtually Reality; the winning team received Dear Female Founder books by Blooming Founders, 1:1 mentoring and a career development coaching as well as FREE immersive VR workshop by Virtually Reality.

The following tech start-ups have been created within 48 hours:

Fineline: A reference image finder for creatives with filters to sort through images.

RevisionHack: A revision planner that helps students to manage their study and their social time and ensuring that they still get enough sleep

London College Finder: A website allowing GCSE and A-level students to select the right college for them.

Findography: An app that helps photo-enthusiasts to easily find and share interesting locations for photography shoots.

StyleObsessUK: A website that allows the user to compare the prices/styles/reviews/quality of similar high street brand items, all in one place.

ReviseIt: an app designed to help students revise for exams using a system of flashcards and swipe screens

Elena Sinel, founder of Acorn Aspirations said:

Savanna Sullivan, age 19 from Elstree UTC said:

Elliott Denhem, from GrowthEnabler said:

Danny Hearn, former UX consultant at John Lewis, said:

Originally published at Acorn Aspirations.

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Powering the Next Generation of Thought Leaders, Innovators and Technologists in #AI @teensinai #TeensInAI #GirlsinAI #MCStartup2016 Founder @elenasinel