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Join high school-aged girls from around the world as they try to better their community through technology and collaboration in this thrilling, heartfelt documentary.

By 2017, the app market will be valued at $77 Billion. Over 80% of these developers are male. The Technovation Challenge aims to change that by empowering girls worldwide to develop apps for an international competition. From rural Moldova to urban Brazil to suburban Massachusetts, CODEGIRL follows teams who dream of holding their own in the world’s fastest-growing industry. The winning team gets $10K to complete and release their app, but every girl discovers something valuable along the way.


Lesley Chilcott is an award winning filmmaker, documentarian, and producer. She is the Chair of the West Coast Producers Guild of America (PGA) Non-Fiction documentary committee, and hosts popular PGA screening series The Doc Club.

Chilcott got her start in film and production with MTV Networks. Before she made documentaries, she produced and directed hundreds of TV commercials. She was a producer of the 2007 Academy Award-winning documentary, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and also produced the amazing rock documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD (2009) about legendary guitarists The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White. Other notable Chilcott-produced films include A MOTHER'S PROMISE, the Barack Obama biographic film for the Democratic National Convention in 2008, and WAITING FOR SUPERMAN (2010), for which she received an award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Documentary from the PGA.

In 2014 Chilcott directed the feature documentary, A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD, about a village of women coffee producers from the Talamanca mountains of Costa Rica which played at the State Department of the UN in Geneva. The film also had and theatrical run and aired in 40 countries through Sundance International. Her short film CODESTARS garnered over 20 million views online and was the number one video on for two days.

Technovation Teams

Learn to Code

Coding is for everyone: we made CODEGIRL because we wanted to inspire you to code, whether you’re a girl or a boy. Just answer the three quick questions below and you’ll be on your way to a FREE coding lesson at Codecademy or Code.Org!

Every year, Technovation challenges girls all over the world to build a mobile app that will address a community problem. Since 2010, nearly 5,000 girls from 60 countries have submitted to Technovation, thanks to dedicated volunteers around the world.

Girls do not need to have programming experience to participate, and Technovation is free for any girl who wants to participate.

Arrange a Screening of CODEGIRL

Our hope is for this film to inspire girls everywhere to pursue a career in programming, empowering them with the knowledge that girls just like them from all over the globe are learning to code and developing applications that improve the world in which they live. Read below to learn how to request a screening in your community and see the different types of screenings available to you.

CODEGIRL is about girls working together, and that message is most powerful when people watch it together. If you would like to organize a screening, we’ll need some basic info: where you are, what organization (if any) you represent, how many people will be attending, when/where you plan to screen it, and if you require a digital or hard copy of the film.

Types Of Screenings

Educational Screenings
You want to screen the film at your high school, college, academy, etc.

Community/Public Screenings
You want to screen the film in a public setting – perhaps at a meeting of your non-profit organization, or a museum, or at your place of business or worship.

Upon receipt of your request, we will respond with a license fee for the screening.

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