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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 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 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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Past Winners

2018

Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Offkuts

Abbey Crawford and Skye Lunson-Storey

Tauranga Girls' College

Gender-neutral clothing, sustainably made from the waste fabric and offcuts produced by the fashion/textile industry.

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2018

Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Compostabottle

Freda Prak and Jess Nicholson

Bethlehem College

A sustainable bio-degradable bottle for cold liquids.

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2018

Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

Coathanger

Charlotte Watson

Aquinas College

An app that allows the user to view online garments on their body before buying.

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2017

Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

iBrite

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.

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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 2019 Judges

Kirsty Traill

Hootsuite
VP of Customer
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Alex McCall

Choice & Squawk Squad
Founder
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Erik Hay

Weta Workshop
Creative Strategy Director
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Georgia Meek

Babysitters Club
Founder
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