Technovation 2018 Live Pitch

On Saturday, May, 12th it was the annual Technovation competition.

During the months, we have been working on an app that will solve a world issue. The problem we chose to solve, was the need of finding healthy food that fits a low-budget. So, we made an app called Recipeazy. [Recip-easy] This app provides healthy nutritious recipes that all have low, low prices. That way, people with low budgets can still have food, that won’t affect their health. Technovation taught us how to code an app, and how we can combine tech to solve a problem. We also learned how to market your plan, and make your business successful.

For this competition,  we have to prepare a live pitch and pitch to the judges how our app can solve the world, and how our app works. Our team consists of three people, Cherry, April, and myself. We called ourselves the Rainbow Unicorns and worked together to make Recipeazy. We also couldn’t do this without the help of our mentor, Diana, who taught us special strategies to market our business.

Our team was considered part of the junior division because we were all under 15 years old. All teams were divided into 6 pools, where every pool is in a classroom at Carleton University. We were in pool F. Pool E and F were all Junior teams, and pools A to D were Senior.

Cherry and I got to Carleton University at 1:00PM. We were told to arrive 20 minutes before our pitch time, to sign in in front of Theatre B. April was there already, so we had no problem sticking together. We quickly practiced to each other, until we went to the classroom we had to pitch in.

This is what our pitch covered:

Our app is called Recipeazy. Our team, the Rainbow Unicorns, helped build our app. We couldn’t do this without our amazing mentor, Diana who helped us the whole way. The solution we chose to solve was the difficulty of finding cheap, and healthy food. Harvard School of Public Health made a research finding that a healthy diet costs about $2000 more than an unhealthy one for an average family of four. Our app aims to help others spend less on healthy food alternatives and help them manage their health. We focus on those with low income, in order to do that, we provide the price of any recipe, so users are informed of how much they might have to spend. We have many goals to achieve on our journey, we also have many features that make our app superior from other recipe apps. One thing is that our app includes the price, so users will know how much they will need to spend for all the ingredients of the recipe. When users submit an app, they probably made it before and suggests others to try it, or they found it and thought that other people could benefit from it. We also include any nutritious facts such as allergies, so people are aware of any recipes they may not be able to eat. And lastly, you can share any recipe you want with your friends and family using only one thing: their email. We hope to advertise on social media, and hopefully through local groceries. That way, when someone wants to make a recipe, they can go to the grocery to buy the ingredients. And if we partner with grocery stores that want low prices like Nofrills or Food Basics, they get customers, and we get users that can buy ingredients for cheaper prices. So it’s technically a win-win situation. We have many competitors that also have recipe apps. We chose 3 of them: Food Network, Yummly, and AllRecipes. But we are the only ones that include cheap recipes, healthy recipes, and easy recipes all in one. In the future, we hope to include a private recipe book, where users can store their favourite recipes so they can come back to them later. Tags based on categories, and comments and ratings, so it’s more convenient to chose which recipe to try. We also have many features that have been accomplished. We have included a registration system, where users and sign up, or sign in. Then they can browse through recipes, or upload their own. We also include buttons that act like a navigation bar, so users will have an easy time going through the screens, and lastly, they can send any recipe using their email. Recipeazy, cheap and easy! Start eating healthy today!

After we pitched, we went to get our certificates for participating in this years program. Also, we went outside to get our group photo taken. That was only the preliminary round. The awards ceremony were 2 hours away. At the awards ceremony, the would announce the finalists (top 5 for seniors, and top 4 for juniors), then they would pitch again. We were nervous because if we moved on, we would have to pitch in front of a lot of people. The theatre was big. We went to theatre B to get our spots before they got filled up. While we were waiting, we played the horror game GRANNY on April’s phone. It was where you’re trapped in Granny’s house, and you have 5 days to escape. But there’s a twist, you must escape quietly. If you make a noise, granny will be coming at you. You must hide under beds and in wardrobes, before she comes, if she sees you, she will hit you with a bat, and the game is over. The Granny looks kinda scary, and when she hits you, it’s bloody. The sound effects are also scary, and you will need headphones to hear if you make any noises. Granny could be anywhere in the house, so you need to be careful. After we played a couple of rounds, and of course, not succeeding, we decided to download Subway Surfers and play until the award ceremony began.

The awards ceremony started off with Aliya, a winner of last year’s Technovation team interviewing three women, who had jobs in tech. We learned some advice to them about never giving up, and enjoy every part of the journey even if it’s hard. After that, they announced the finalist. We surprisingly made it to the finals! Along with 321Help, SlangIT! And Healthy Connections. The Senior teams that made it was Doof, ELEOS, Apollo, Lumen, and Connect the DOTS. After they announced the finalists, we took a group photo of all the finalists. And then, we had to pitch again. First, 321Help pitched. Their app was an app that was like a calculator, but when you put in 3 2 1, it will lead you to another screen, where you can get help if you’re dealing with depression, abuse, drug issues etc. I thought their idea of pretending it was a calculator was great because then they won’t get embarrassed that they were using an app like that. Then, it was SlangIt! Their group made an app, that allows you to search up any slang like lol, ikr, idk, etc. with an easy definition that they made themselves. Their app was very decorated, and they hoped to let parents be connected with their children by learning these slangs. After they went, it was Healthy Connections who pitched. They solved the problem of teens not getting enough daily physical activity. What they did, was in their app, you can search up any local places that give free programs, such as the YMCA, or any local recreation centres. After they went, it was our turn. We just redid what we did in the small rooms, during the preliminary round. I think we did well, I almost stuttered a bit, because my mouth was really dry from talking all day.

After all the junior and senior teams pitched, the judges went into a room and talked. The junior results came our first. We ended getting 3rd, SlangIt! got 2nd, and 321Help got 1st. Unfortunately, the only the top 2 junior teams get to advance to the World Pitch Semi-Finals. In the senior group, Doof got 1st, ELEOS got 2nd, and Lumen got 3rd. All the senior winners go to advance to the World Pitch Semi-Finals as well. I was really happy to get 3rd, knowing that it was my first time participating in this program. We got a bag, that had Dev Degree. It was a bag made out of string I think. Inside, there were black sunglasses, a t-shirt that wrote Dream, Code, Ship, a notebook, a pencil case, and some stickers. It was a great day, and I was really proud of myself

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