Hanover’s Launch Pad recently hosted an IBM Technovation Challenge for Girls.
The three month project ended with a local pitch competition among five young women comprising of three teams.
15 year old Sacred Heart High School student Sarah Allman won the local pitch competition.
Allman created an App called Setsuzoku which is Japanese for connection, and that is just what it does.
This App links youth with local mental health resources as well as youth groups and outreach programs.
Allman says living in rural Ontario, some youth may not be aware of all of the mental health resources and supports that are available.
Through her App, she says youth can enter in where they live and the App will identify all of the resources available within the local region.
As a connection App, Allman says it will provide a valuable resource to youth seeking out mental health help.
Allman was able to create this App thanks to the Technovation Challenge for Girls, in which she was teamed with a female mentor who helped guide her along the process over a three month period.
As part of the STEM Challenge, Launch Pad used a modular program that guided the girls through ideation, app development , business plan as well as business pitch.
Allman says it was a great experience providing her with real world experience.
Fellow participants from JDSS as well as Walkerton District Community School agree.
Chloe Harper of WDCS created an App with an academic purpose that enables teachers to add homework, due dates, test dates and reminders to student’s calendars.
The JDSS Team consisting of Bethany Illerberunn, Paige Coveney-Stortini and Brianna Parker created a Sex Ed App to answer youth questions.
Launch Pad Executive Director Emily Morrison says this was the first time an IBM Technovation Challege took place in a rural community in Canada.