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Are you the next young innovator?

Young Innovator Awards creates tomorrow’s innovators by offering a hands-on, learn-by-doing experience. 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 innovative businesses in the Bay plus cash prizes up to $2,000.

How it Works

1

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.

2

Develop your innovation

Research your target customer or user and develop an original solution that specifically solves the problem you've identified.

3

Communicate and submit

Communicate your ideas to the judges by submitting your entry online, using our template worksheets and video. Be creative!

4

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!

5

Win internships and cash!

Our young innovators win valuable internship experiences with some of the Bay's top innovative 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!

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October 28, 2021
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August 31, 2021
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yia! welcomes Brian Glynn as head judge for 2021

June 22, 2021
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Past Winners

2021

Intermediate

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

FONG

Isla Martin, Nina Young

Aquinas College

A product in the shape of something fun that slides over vaccination needles

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2021

Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Creativity Award

Insightz

Michael Ren

Tauranga Boys' College

A web-based data visualisation tool that converts grades into easy to understand graphs.

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2021

Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Research Award

Networx

Amelia Shorter, Cleo Putty, Erin Walpole, Haylee Hextall

Otumoetai College

A tracking device that attaches to fishing companies nets that connects to an app helping them retrieve the net if it is lost

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2021

Intermediate

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

AlgaeBoard

Alessandro Goodin

Aquinas College

An algae based alternative to cardboard packaging

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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 2021 Judges

Alex McCall

Hillfarrance
Entrepreneur & Venture Scout
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Sarah Stevenson

Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Portfolio Manager
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Brian Glynn

Trov
Senior Director, Business Development
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