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									                   Spring 2011




LinkedIn Pitch Night
   April 27, 2011
     6pm - 9pm
   LinkedIn Campus
  2025 Steirlin Court
Mountain View, CA 94043
Welcome!
Dear Guests,

Welcome to the Technovation Challenge LinkedIn Pitch Night! Our girls
have worked very hard these past two months, and we’re excited to have
this opportunity to showcase the creativity and innovation they’ve put into
their projects.

 The Technovation Challenge is a program run by Iridescent, an educational
non-profit based in Los Angeles. The program was founded in 2010 by
Dr. Anuranjita Tewary, an affiliate of Iridescent, who wanted to offer young
women the experience of participating in a “start-up company” and teach
them what it takes to think like an entrepreneur. Dr. Tewary has since joined
LinkedIn as a Senior Data Scientist, and organized the Technovation Chal-
lenge program here. Team “Zebra Tech” was fortunate enough to have her
as a mentor this year!

 Over the past nine weeks, our students have worked in teams with female
mentors from local industries and universities to create mobile phone app
prototypes using App Inventor for Android. We brought in experts from the
industry to guest lecture on topics such as “User-Centered Design” and “El-
ements of a Business Plan.” Over the course of the program, the girls have
gained valuable programming and entrepreneurial skills, while also learning
about high-tech careers.

 Thank you for helping to support these young women as they showcase
their creative and innovative projects. We hope you will enjoy the evening!

Sincerely,

The Technovation Challenge Team:

AnnaLise Hoopes
National Executive Director

Jeri Countryman
Director of Programs

Michelle Friend Hutton
Course Instructor
              Agenda
6:00 – 7:00    App demo reception

7:00 – 8:30    Project pitches

8:30 – 9:00    Keynote
               Awards ceremony




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    Instructor
    Michelle Friend Hutton
    After several years as a system admin-
    istrator, Michelle Friend Hutton started
    working at The Girls’ Middle School in
    Mountain View (CA) where she had the
    chance to teach computer science.
    There, she learned that she loves teach-
    ing computer science to girls! Michelle
    is the board president of the Computer
    Science Teachers Association, a membership organization for computer
    science teachers around the world, and is active in the K-12 Alliance of
    the National Center for Women in Information Technology. These activities
    inspired her to go back to school and she is now a PhD student in Education
    at Stanford University. She is excited to help inspire girls in the Technova-
    tion Challenge and help them learn what an exciting and fun world it is when
    you can create your own technology




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Mentors
Amy Arambulo Negrette ............................................................Java Engineer, Yahoo!
Anuranjita Tewary .......... Senior Analytics Scientist, LinkedIn & Founder of the
                                                                                                        Technovation Challenge
Avanthi Rajan ....................................................................... Software Engineer, NetApp
Debbie Ulanday ......................Manufacturing/Industrial Eng & Ops, Contractor
Deepti Yadlapali .................................................................. Hardware Engineer, nVIDIA
Janet Ryu ................................................................................ Product Manager, LinkedIn
Julie Greenberg ........................................................... Product Manager, TrialPay, Inc
Lili Wu ............................................................................................Software Engineer, LinkedIn
Margaret Butler ........................................................................................ CEO, Innovaspire
Nancy Chen ..............................................................................................................Advertising
Nidhi Doshi ........................................................................ Program Manager, Microsoft
Prachi Gupta .........................................................................Software Engineer, LinkedIn
Raechelle Clemmons .......................................................................... CIO, Menlo College
Shruthi Koundinya ................................................ Software Engineer - WLAN, Avaya
Sonia Sharma
Swathi Koundinya ..................................... Sr. Member of Technical Staff, VMware


TAs
Cindy Vu ............................................................................... Student, Milpitas High School
Ginny Tice ..... Computer Science & Earth Science - Chemistry, UC San Diego
Nupur Garg .............................................................. Student, Monta Vista High School
Samantha Butler-Terry .................................... Student, Saint Francis High School
Sanjana Rajan (Sunny) ............................. Computer Science, Stanford University
Varsha Ravikumar ................................................ Student, Monta Vista High School




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    EcoEngine
    Team: Serendipity
    Wish you could reverse global warming? Want make a difference in the
    world? Introducing EcoEngine, the revolutionary racing game which helps
    you go green while having fun, by promoting environmental awareness in
    an engaging game for all ages. Users navigate a car through obstacles to
    save the Earth from global warming. Gain EcoPoints by converting garbage
    to flowers, preserving endangered animals, and learning about local, green
    initiatives. The app also aims to promote local environmental initiatives by
    donating a portion of the revenues from app sales to such organizations.
    Save the world from global warming. Be fast, be furious, be environmental!

    Team members:                         Mentor:
    Anna Vu                               Swathi Koundinya
    Christina Wong                        TA:
    Huda Khayrallah                       Nupur Garg
    Marie Pluvinage




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Sheeplosion
Team: Flaming Comet
Our app, Sheeplosion, is an interactive game, focusing on eliminating the
sheep that appear on the screen using an assortment of weapons. It allows
our users to entertain themselves when they are bored or just in need of
a game to play. As users kill the sheep, points are given to them depending
on the color of the sheep that is killed. Bonuses are awarded to users who
are able to exterminate three or more sheep that are the same color, in a
row. Users are able to unlock weapons as they reach certain amounts of
points.


Team members:                        Mentors:
Andrea Weng                          Amy Arambulo Negrette
Brianna Shupe                        Sonia Sharma
Emily Szeto                          TA:
Jessica Sun                          n/a




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    Boing!
    Team: Dynamite
    Boing! is an exciting and addicting game that will provide entertainment to
    Android users in times of boredom. The game screen consists of an icon
    jumping on a maze of bricks, all moving at different speeds. The player taps
    the screen for the icon to “jump” from brick to brick in order to reach the
    end of the maze. Good timing is crucial, since the blocks are constantly
    moving. Boing! captures your attention by providing a range of weather
    conditions to add variety in the mazes as well as including different mazes in
    increasing difficulty to keep the player challenged. Boing! is a unique game,
    and the greatest challenge for the user will be to stop playing!

    Team members:                         Mentors:
    Amy Shen                              Deepti Yadlapalli
    Emma Lynn Southorn                    Julie Greenberg
    Manasa Sanka                          TA:
    Nandita Sampath                       n/a




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World MPowered
Team: Women MPowered
World MPowered is a community service application that would help the
user find community service opportunities, track their hours and share their
progress with their friends and their school. This app strives to help lost vol-
unteers find inspiring services they would have previously overlooked. This
app also helps these citizens track how much they volunteer and can help
students and other people officiate their community service hours where
they are required. We strive to connect volunteers with under-staffed ser-
vices. The application benefits the user by helping them meet their require-
ments or find a way to serve their community.

Team members:                           Mentor:
Allison Alder                           Raechelle Clemmons
Eneyda Tobar                            TA:
Hannah Huh                              Sanjana Rajan (Sunny)
Sarah Ciambrone




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    Prom Perfection
    Team: Sweet Potatoes
    Prom Perfection provides an efficient and enjoyable way for teenage girls
    to find dresses through their phones. This dress aggregator introduces a
    new method of locating dresses according to the user’s preferences, sav-
    ing both time and money for the user. Prom Perfection takes commissions
    from participant merchants, helping them gain publicity. The app features
    the Dressing Room, a place where user cans view their saved dresses and
    find matching accessories. Friends also have the opportunity to comment
    on the dresses of interest. Prom Perfection saves the time and money that
    searching for a perfect prom dress typically wastes.

    Team members:                       Mentors:
    Iris Xia                            Prachi Gupta
    Laura Pedrotti                      Shruthi Koundinya
    Manisha Yedla                       TA:
                                        Samantha Butler-Terry




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Trend.ly
Team: Zebra Tech
With trends changing practically overnight, it’s hard to keep up with what’s
the latest in pop culture. Trend.ly tracks the latest trends in a variety of
categories and see other users’ opinions of each trend. The app features
a live feed of trends including images uploaded by users, as well as links to
purchase the latest trending items, including clothes, music, and books.
Through integration with Facebook Connect, users can see how their friends
have voted on particular trends and suggest trends that their friends might
like. Trend.ly also allows merchants to sponsor trends. Trend.ly will soon
become the go-to destination for tracking pop culture trends in real time.

Team members:                         Mentors:
Meena Chetty                          Anuranjita Tewary
Mengyuan (Emily) Xie                  Nidhi Doshi
Pradnya Narkhede                      TA:
Vivian Li                             Cindy Vu




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     Kapush
     Team: The Toasters
     Whether traveling for business, with family, or alone, traveling can get hec-
     tic and chaotic when travelers are not well organized. Kapush is here to
     help organize a trip and so the traveller can sit back, relax, and enjoy the
     travel. Kapush assists in the creation, storing, and editing of a trip itiner-
     ary, informs the traveller about upcoming events in the destinations, and
     recommends places to visit. One of the things that makes Kapush special
     and different is that it can target the itinerary suggestions for a particular
     group: the traveller can customize who is traveling and what type of trip is
     desired. Kapush is your customizable travel ally.

     Team members:                         Mentors:
     Amritha Surya                         Janet Ryu
     Ashley Carlson                        Margaret Butler
     Lekha Viswanadham                     TA:
     Linor Nulman                          n/a




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SongScribe
Team: What the Tech?
What the Tech? presents a music transcribing app that allows for song-
writing on the go. Unlike the typical notation software, SongScribe takes the
complication, inconvenience and guesswork out of musical composition. As
you sing or play your instrument into the microphone, the application will
automatically detect the pitches and rhythm and transcribe them simulta-
neously, making the sheet music readily available for later use. Users can
review their own songs or share them via social networking media. They
can even upload their pieces onto SongBird, the database containing other
users’ work, and listen to and rate other people’s songs.

Team members:                         Mentor:
Felicity Lu-Hill                      Lili Wu
Marissa Taub                          TA:
Shirley Qi                            Ginny Tice
Tiffany Jang,




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     Mingle (I have a social life now!)
     Team: Team Skalt
     Mingle is an event-finder mobile app that helps students and community
     members search for high school events that cater to their desired crite-
     ria. Mingle will provide event listings based on the three criteria – location,
     event type and cost. Student bodies often only have resources to conduct
     school-wide promotions and announcements for their events. Not only can
     these promotions be ineffective, but they also leave out community mem-
     bers and friends from other high schools. Now, high school students can
     locate dances to attend at other schools and local journalists can find con-
     certs to review. You too can have a social life now!

     Team members:                          Mentors:
     Anisha Pathak                          Avanthi Rajan
     Kaley Nelson                           Nancy Chen
     Lilyan Tay                             TA:
     Sara Cramer                            n/a
     Titash Chatterjee




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CootieCatcher
Team: PurpleSpace
The CootieCatcher application combines the nostalgic, childhood game of
the origami fortune teller with a renovated, modern interface that allows
a network extension and 21st century connectivity. Basic options include
creating one’s own fortune teller, playing a pre-made collection, sharing,
and viewing favorites and an extensive user communication network. Users
will also be able play with an animated cootie catcher folding and unfolding
as well as tweet and text results. . Our philosophy: the more people who play
and share, the more people who will have fun. The crevasses and folds are
endless. Our fortune for you: you’ll enjoy it.

Team members:                         Mentor:
Anna Aswadhati                        Debbie Ulanday
Maddie Osgood                         TA:
Michelle Yang                         Varsha Ravikumar
Sofie Van Creveld
Yanbing Zhu




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     Mission
     The mission of the Technovation Challenge is to promote women in tech-
     nology by giving girls the skills and confidence they need to be successful
     in computer science and entrepreneurship. We aim to inspire girls to see
     themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers,
     builders and entrepreneurs.


     Acknowledgements
     In addition to our sponsors, we would like to acknowledge the following peo-
     ple for their invaluable help:

     Adony Beniares                        Lena Chen
     Alex Lacayo                           Leota Kuzma
     Anika Radiya                          Maggie Johnson
     Annette Dow                           Margaret Butler
     Anuranjita Tewary                     Maria Becerra
     Baat Enosh                            Mario Sundar
     Brenda Stone                          Mark Andres
     Cindy Vu                              Maysa Awadalla
     Colin Quinton                         Meg Garlinghouse
     Dan Lujan                             Miriam Taba
     Dana Lin                              Molly Clare Wilson
     Diana Fairchild                       Poornima Vijayashanker
     Diane Kung                            Rebecca Stark
     Diane Kung                            Reena Singhal Lee
     Eric Nelson                           Rollanda Harris
     Evelyn Luu                            Rosemary Bulaich
     Hal Abelson                           Sharon Perl
     Jessica Greenwalt                     Skye Picker
     Joyce Yan                             Susan Soloman
     Karen Parker                          Theresa Lina Stevens
     Kevin Kunze                           Tricia Kellison
     Laurel Brock

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     Keynote
     Raissa Nebie
     Born in Paris of West African par-
     ents, Raissa Nebie is the co-founder
     and CEO of Spoondate, a consumer
     web startup that allows food enthu-
     siasts to meet and socialize over a
     meal. Spoondate was incubated at
     Founder Labs and 500 Startups.

     Prior to founding Spoondate, Raissa
     pursued a career in Investment Bank-
     ing and Private Equity where she worked on a wide variety of mergers and
     acquisitions including Chevron’s $19 billion acquisition of Unocal Corp. She
     also ran and restructured the Book for Kids Foundation, a New York-based
     non-profit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by building
     libraries in low-income communities.

     Having lived in several countries across three continents, Raissa is passion-
     ate about exploring the many ways in which food can be used to encour-
     age social interaction and cultural exchange between people from different
     backgrounds.

     Raissa graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor degree in Finance
     from Howard University and received a certificate of French Culinary Tech-
     niques from the French Culinary Institute.

     Raissa is an avid traveler and bread-baking enthusiast. When she’s not
     sending hungry urbanites on spoondates or keeping up with the latest in
     food culture, she’s usually checking out live music events or watching for-
     eign films.



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Judges
Jeff Weiner
is the CEO at LinkedIn, where, under his leader-
ship, LinkedIn has nearly tripled its membership
base. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Jeff was an Exec-
utive in Residence at Accel Partners and Grey-
lock Partners. Jeff serves on the boards of Do-
norsChoose.org and Malaria No More. He holds
a BS in Economics from The Wharton School at
the University of Pennsylvania.


                            Katherine Barr
                            is a Partner at Mohr Davidow and focuses pri-
                            marily on the digital media, consumer Internet,
                            and mobile sectors. Prior to joining the firm she
                            worked as a Negotiator at Vantage Partners,
                            working with many technovlogy clients. Kather-
                            ine teaches a yearly Professional Education Ne-
                            gotiation seminar for the School of Engineering
                            at Stanford.


Mendel Rosenblum
is an Associate Professor in the Computer Sci-
ence and Electrical Engineering Departments at
Stanford University. He is also a co-founder VM-
ware Inc. and as the Chief Scientist of VMware
for the company’s first 10 years, he helped de-
sign and build virtualization technology for com-
modity computing platforms. He received his
PhD in Computer Science from UCB in 1992.

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