After the first year been past really fast. One thing that I notice and wanted to do for the second year was joining Technovation ( a program that let girls participate in technology and business to create some applications for solving the problems in their communities).
What we can really do in this program is to explore out the problems in our communities and trying to create applications to solve those problems. Because I really want to join this program so badly, I have been set up the group, the name of the group, the idea and even some of the works. In my team, there are five members, who are I ( business), Angely (Leader/business ), Bopha (code), Wathna (code), and Votey (business). There are three members of our team are from my room, so we were able to discuss a lot about it. Our team name is Five Infinities. Our app name is Mirra, which is trying to solve mental health.
Finally, on January 10th, 2018, I officially sign up to join Technovation and form the group in this program. We were working really hard on our idea to reach our goal. We’ve just realized that there is another group in our school has the same idea as us, too. In addition, we started to know that our idea kind of does not work really fluently. However, we still continued and fought for this idea.
On 22nd February 2018, we were really struggling with our idea. We really know that it does not work, while we were doing customer research. We did a video call to get to know the new idea that Angely was trying to introduce to us. This new idea is about M.E.P ( Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing). Angely told us that this there is a problem with the lack of connection between Customers ( who are facing M.E.P problems) and Suppliers ( who are M.E.P experts ). Some of us don’t really like this idea much for the first time hearing it. I and my team started to love and get closer to it. We were working really hard to improve our application. Because of our hard-working, our app works really well and we were ready for our min pitch which was about to happen.
Our app connects the customers and suppliers, help Supplier to Post the information of them, Customer can Post the problems, customer and supplier are able to contact by using contact functions, conditions and terms are shown, Location showed, and all of the things make our app convenient to use.
on 29th April 2018, we got an opportunity to present our idea to the audiences and the judges. We were up on the stage and believed to do our best to the judges. However, the admin there confused to show the wrong slide presentation. We started to feel worried about it, and unfortunately, we did not finish the last statement that we have a plan. After having our presentation, the judges started to ask us questions. We answered the questions really well, but one thing that still in our mind is we did not finish our statement ” Customer no need to worry about Mechanical, Electricity and plumbing problems, for suppliers you can earn more money” . When we back off the stage, our mentor gave us a high five to each member of our team to encourage. When we arrived to our seats, one of our members was crying really hard because she thought that we were not going to be selected for national pitch. It was a really long time to wait for the result, so we went back to our school. We were doing our homework as usual afternoon. About 3 pm, our mentor told us to open hangout to see a live of the result. It was a really long to time to set up. I was ready for it. My team and another team carefully listened to the result, too. It was the 11th team and I have not heard our team name yet. I started to put my middle finger on top of my point finger to wish, then I said “ Five Infinities”. As what expect they’ve called our team name “Five Infinities”. We all jumped around and scream out loud. After knowing that we have been selected, we were back to our slide presentation to be as best as we can.
On 16th May 2018, We also went to Living Iching Decor, which is a company doing a business about decor. Because of they interested in our idea, we were presenting to them as best as we could. After presented to them, we were showing our app and how our app work. They were so impressed with our idea and they also gave us some feedback to improve the idea. At the end of the presentation, Benita Sharp who is the general manager told us that she will use our app 100% if we launch it and if we are not able to launch it she will help us to reach our goal.
Finally, on 20th May 2018, We were doing our best in our presentation. We got a little clue to own the first place national price now because it seemed like we stool all the attention from the audiences and the judges were asking us really hard and unusually questions. While other teams were present, there were some people interview and that made me really excited and nervous to know the result. At the end of this exciting competition, the results were announced. “Junior division winner is going to…. going to…..”. Microphone controller was trying to get us nervous. I started to wish and said really loud “Five Infinities”, then everyone started to look at me while the microphone controller announced our team’s name.
A picture of our team M.E.P Center as the 1st place national winner.
M.E.P Center members with our mentors.