Congratulations to Castilleja's Technovation Challenge Team, CastiGators, for winning the South Bay Regional Pitch Event for their iPhone app “Ripple”, which provides under-resourced young women around the world with a virtual platform to crowd-fund their educational pursuits. Team members Riya B. '18, Kaitlin Rhee '18, Kempton McCarty '20, Elizabeth Ledwith '20, and Moorea Mitchell '20 competed against eight other teams at Apple headquarters in Cupertino on May 7. As semifinalists, the CastiGators now advance to the finals round for a chance to attend the World Pitch Event in August.
Technovation is an all-girls entrepreneurship and technology competition where participants create mobile applications that solve real-world problems. Along with an app, participants submit a demonstration video of the app, a four-minute pitch video, and an extensive business plan. Riya served as club lead and principal iOS software developer, Kempton and Elizabeth created the business plan, and Moorea and Kaitlin created the pitch video.
CastiGators created Ripple because they believe that when young women are educated, they make a positive impact in their own community, as well as the world around them. Hence Ripple’s slogan: The Ripple Effect of Girl’s Education.
Our Castilleja Middle Schoolers also excelled at the competition! 7th graders, Ashni, Christina, and Talula (Team ACT) won Regional Grand Prize in South Bay Junior Division at Technovation 2017 for their development of the mobile application "Go Girl." They have worked together for several months and will move on to Semi-finals this summer. Congratulations!