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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How To Make Simple Ice Cream

You will need:
-15 ml of sugar
-Any toppings you want on your ice cream
-1 spoon of salt (any type)
-1 spoon of milk (preferably white milk)
-2 Ziploc bags
-1 big (preferably 1 litre) container
-1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
-Snow

**Use gloves at all times if possible**

Steps:
1. Put all the sugar in a Ziploc bag.
2. Pour 1 spoon of milk into the Ziploc bag with the sugar
3. Pour the vanilla extract into the bag.
4. Put Ziploc bag into the 2nd Ziploc bag. (Get rid of air inside, make sure to seal well)
5. Fill 2/3 of the container with snow.
6. Put salt into the container with the snow.
7. Put the lid on the container, shake well
8. Shake until the milk turns into ice cream, take Ziploc bags out.
9. Put in preferred toppings/syrup
10. Take the spoon out and enjoy!
**Salt may sting hands**

Winter Activity Day

On Thursday, February, 15th 2018, our school went to Mount Packingham for a winter activity day. On that day, you could choose to go skiing, snowboarding, or participate in the WOW program. The WOW program was just winter activities like snowshoeing, and tubing. I chose to learn how to ski because it’s really popular. Of course, skiing and snowboarding cost more.

When we got to school by school bus, we all headed towards the gym, there, we got organized into our classes, and buses. There were 6 buses in total, 3 coach buses and 3 normal school buses. We all hoped we would get a coach bus! Our bus was bus number 6 along with 6C. Unfortunately, we got stuck with the regular school bus. I sat in the back with Lilian, Sylvie, and Suhur who were also going to be going skiing, but just like me, Suhur is a beginner (never skied before). When we got there, we stayed on the bus. A lady told us information like where to go for the test (if you’ve skied/snowboarded before) and where the lessons were if it’s your first time skiing/snowboarding. Then, we got our ski/snowboard passes. They were all personalized with your name and renting equipment information. After, we got off the bus and went to the cafeteria to put our stuff down. Then we headed towards the rental hut to get our equipment. I got ski boots and put them on. They were pretty tough to put on, but I was warned it’d be way worse taking them off. Then I got my skis. You weren’t allowed ski poles until you finished the star course, which was a course that you need to do that requires skillz. Once we got our equipment, Emily (from another class) joined us. We went the first station where we learned to put our skis on, take them off, and reset them. Also beginning to get used to walking/sliding around with skis. Then we headed to the next station. At that station, we had to go down a small hill (it was like a ramp) and stop (the pizza way) at the end. The instructor thought I did it very well and let me pass. So he wrote the number 1 on my pass (to show I passed that station) and I headed to the next one. The station had a hill slightly taller. It was a taller ramp. We were supposed to go down on it and do a pizza stop again, and the second time, we had to go, stop, go and stop. After that, we went to a hill. The transportation up was a moving carpet. After, to go down the hill, you had to go around pylons that were in a line. It was pretty easy, and I passed pretty quickly. But the next station seemed a bit harder. The hill was taller and a bit steeper. You had to go around pylons, but they were separated so that you had to go to the right, then turn to the left, then right then left. It was really wide. I went down the hill 3 times until I could pass, mainly because the lines were long, and sometimes there wasn’t always an instructor watching you. Then, came the last station that requires skill. It was the same thing as the last station, just without pylons. To get up the hill you had to get pulled by a rope, which some skiiers fell because it’s a tug once you hang on to it and you need to keep your skis straight. The station was called the star test because if you’ve skied before this was the test you went through for them to decide if you were intermediate or professional. The first 2 times I did it, there was no instructor to watch, then the third time, the instructor said I had to do wider turns. And the fourth time I got half a six. He told me to do it one more time, and I did. That time I passed. Then he asked if I rode a chairlift before. I haven’t so I had to go to one more station. That station we learned how to ride a chairlift. Once the one in front of you passed, you gotta hurry and move up, and then you sit on the chairlift. Then you need to have your skis pointed up, and pull the handle bar down. After you’re almost about to land you take the handle bar up (There’s a sign that tells you to “Pull Handlebar Up Here”, so you pull it down. After that, you get off, you can choose which hills to go down. I went down the easiest way down, as many times as I could, before we had to go. It was a great day!

Kanata Cup 2018

On Saturday, March, 10th, 2018, we went to Bridlewood School for the Kanata Cup invitational competition. This year, I was competing in level 5 ball against my sister Cherry.

Sing told us to get there at 1:30. Arielle and Jennifer (who were competing in level 4 rope) were already there. They were on to practicing their routine skills. When we got there, we registered. The Special Olympics were competing at that time. I warmed up by myself, started with skipping. Then I stretched my toes, my back, and my splits. After I did oversplits on these mats. After all the stretching I went to get my ball and practiced my balances, turns, rolls, dance steps, masteries. I had to practice all those that didn’t require a high ceiling because that gym (was a gym where all the clubs met) had a low ceiling. The gym where we competed had a high ceiling and those who it was their rotation to compete were allowed to practice until it was their turn.

We were supposed to compete at 3:20 but since they were behind schedule they ended up calling us to the big gym to practice at around 3:50. In the schedule, I was 4th to compete. Cherry was 2nd.  Once the last rotation (level 4 ropes) were done, we were asked to go on the big carpet and review. We had 5 minutes. I walked through my routine about 3-4 times until they told us that our time was up and we should go back to practicing. I practiced my risks (throw double chenee catch cat-leap and throw forwards-roll trap) Until they called me on deck.

After I finished my routine, I was pretty tired. I didn’t drop anything and I completed my turns well. Overall, I think I did the best I could possibly do unless I went on releve for my balances (but Sing said not to because if you don’t hold it for one Mississippi you will get a big deduction).

Results: I got 1st with a score of 5.200, Cherry got 3rd with a score of 4.000, somebody beat her by .2. Here are the full results: http://172.104.246.10/resultx.php?id_prop=623

Group: Crystal, Cherry, Rose, Jacqueline 4 ribbon

Result: The first half was okay, we caught our exchange in a square, and the cartwheel throw collaboration and I caught the throw bum roll collaboration. But then after that was a disaster (lol) Jacqueline dropped in the next exchange in a diagonal line, and then, you don’t want to know. We ended up getting 1.500 as our score. It was a bit better than we expected (we expected 0.1 😛 ). But we still got first because nobody else was competing against us. I left Kanata Cup with two gold medals. 🙂

Savor Fall at Rideau Hall

On Saturday, September 23rd 2017 we went to Rideau Hall. In the “back yard” there were merchant tents that were set up. And people were handing out samples. We first went to a tent where they gave out apples, and samples of apple cider. It was refreshing. We went to see a demonstration of ice carving. The carve was a squirrel with a nut. The ice was slowly melting, but it wasn’t that bad. We also had some yogurt as a beverage, and then we went to have some cake! It was apple cinnamon cake with butterscotch sauce. It was super tasty!

Thousand Word Contest

On Saturday, September, 9th 2017, it was the awards ceremony for the thousand words contest. It was in the auditorium of our Chinese school. It was from 2pm to 4pm. I got 95.5 out of 100 on the contest, and Cherry got 90.0. The awards ceremony started out by explaining how far the contest got, and  the sponsors saying a few words.  It took about 30 minutes, then they started giving out the trophies and the paper checks. They started with the Level 0. It was also the beginner level. They only had to learn 400 words. They started with the people with the biggest prize (Person(s) with the highest mark(s)). Then, they gave the 2nd place prizes (Person(s) with a mark 90.0 or higher). Then the 3rd place prize (Person(s) with a mark of 85.0 to 89.9). Obviously the higher prize you get, the more money and the bigger the trophy you get. Then, they asked for the winners of the Level 2 contest to come up on the stage. So Cherry and I made our way up the stage with some other kids. They started with the higher prizes. They called one person to get a prize of 175 dollars and a big trophy for getting the highest mark. Then, they called the second prize people! (ME!!!!) I got to get 150 dollars, and a trophy. Cherry got 100 dollars and a trophy smaller than mine. After they did the same thing for the Level 3 and Level 4 contestants. But they got more money. The first place prizes had 300 dollars!

Technovation 2018

On Sunday, February, 4th 2018, my sister and I went to IBM. We went there for a Technovation workshop. To those who don’t know, Technovation is an event where you think of an app that you can build to solve a problem. Technovation is mainly towards girls to encourage them to go further in the STEM department. Why? Because it’s mostly men who take over jobs in the STEM program. So Technovation is trying to give a little bit of what STEM is like to girls so they hopefully enjoy it and continue with it. So at the workshop, we were taught to think differently about one item towards different audiences/circumstances. So imagine a bike. Name all the parts; like the wheels, gears, handlebar, seat etc. Then, which items were you to add if someone was ordering a bike for their main transportations? Possibly a basket, or water bottle holder. If the bike was used to go on a trip in the forest of Gatineau Park, you would want some good wheels with good grip, maybe a GPS/tracker device and a bell. So that’s how we should think differently when we thought of our solution to our problem. How things should be modified when you target a different audience. So then we got into our thinking. On sticky notes, we jot down what our problem is, and what our solution (an app that we will make) be and the intended audience (who will use it).

 

The problem we thought of was: People that don’t have enough money to buy a good meal.

Our solutions was to make a recipe app that has recipes with cheap ingredients. Hopefully, this could allow those with less money to be able to choose some of our recipes and make them so they can enjoy it. During the Technovation year, at the end of the year there is normally a competition where you present your app that you would build buy then “Dragons Den” way. Then there are money prizes ($.$) to winners. There is also a global competition if you would like a challenge. Can’t wait for the challenge to begin!