Are you the next young innovator?
Young Innovator Awards creates tomorrow’s innovators by offering a hands-on, learn-by-doing experiences. We challenge students to come up with a unique innovation that'll make the world a better place. The best entries, as judged by top innovators in NZ and abroad, win internships at leading businesses in the Bay plus cash prizes up to $2,000.
How it Works
Identify a real world problem
Examine the world around you, you'll soon start to see there are problems everywhere in our world waiting to be solved.
Develop your innovation
Research your target customer or user and develop an original solution that specifically solves the problem you've identified.
Communicate and submit
Communicate your ideas to the judges by submitting your entry online, using our template worksheets and video. Be creative!
Finalists and Awards Night
The finalists are selected and the awards evening is held. Join your fellow innovators and be inspired by our world-class keynote speakers!
Win internships and cash!
Our young innovators win internship experiences worth up to $10,000 with leading Bay businesses plus their share of thousands in cash prizes.
Are you up to the challenge?
Have your say now and vote in the People's Choice Awards!
Entries have now closed!
Congrats to all who entered YiA
Watch this space! We'll be accepting registrations shortly.
YiA Winners of 2018
September 5, 2018Learn More
Help us choose a People's Choice Award Winner at the Innovation Showcase
August 16, 2018Learn More
YiA 2018 Innovation Forum: Screens, Machines and Virtual Reality Dreams
July 25, 2018Learn More
Local Innovator Carol Ward Combines Innovation with Sustainability at Zespri
June 26, 2018Learn More
Madison Sykes, Abbey Herbison, Callie-Jay Dobbs, Gabriella Eaton, Ashley Cundy
Tauranga Girls' College
LED strips to assist dyslexic students in reading and writing by using coloured overlays to relax the brain, allowing it to interpret information more easily. The team took home $2000 and invaluabe work experience with Bluelab, Beca and Woods.See morePlay Video
Pressure Sensing Steering Wheel Cover
To stop texting while driving, this steering wheel cover senses when there is not enough pressure and will beep until both hands are back safely on the wheel. Emily won $1,000 and the opportunity to further develop her idea further during her invaluabe work experience at Locus Research, Beca and TiDA.See morePlay Video
A phone app that helps to ensure that drivers unfamiliar with driving in New Zealand keep on the left side of the road.See morePlay Video
Tauranga Girls' College
Swift Wrap is a compact glad wrap dispenser suitable for first aid kits to help burn victims. Lydia won $2000 prize money plus two weeks' invaluable work experience with Bluelab, Beca and Woods.See morePlay Video
Want to win world-class internship and cash prize?
Be inspired by our finalists and their amazing innovations!
Have your say in the People's Choice Awards, coming soon!
Meet the Judges
Google for Education
Head for Australia & New Zealand
Founder and CTO
YiA Senior Winner 2017