In partnership with the U.S. Embassy, Technovation Tunisia, an initiative launched by a Techwomen alumna, organized an award ceremony for the winning teams of the 2016 Technovation competition. The event was also an occasion to launch the 2017 Technovation competition. 150 girls ages 10 to 18 attended the event along with their parents and mentors to learn more about the different phases of the competition and to network with former Technovation participants.
During the event, app developer Sophie Houser spoke to the girls, encouraging them to find their voices, learn how to code, and develop their own ideas. Sophie is the 19-year-old co-creator of the video game Tampon Run, which uses humor and satire to combat the taboo in society around menstruation. Sophie shared with the young audience her experiences creating video games, including the challenges of the field of coding as well as the rewards. .