Are you the next young innovator?
Young Innovator Awards creates tomorrow’s innovators by offering a hands-on, learn-by-doing experience. 2020 will see YiA encourage problem-solving based on New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown.
Unlike any other year, we have had to think fast, and make innovative decisions on how we could make this year's competition work in the context of COVID-19.
We challenge students to a five-week innovation sprint; Innovate in lockdown!
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
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 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!
Entries have now closed!
Congrats to all who entered YiA
Watch this space! We'll be accepting registrations shortly.
People’s Choice Voting and Bayfair
August 25, 2020Learn More
Introducing our YiA 2020 Judges
August 25, 2020Learn More
YiA 2020 Finalists have been chosen!
August 14, 2020Learn More
Innovation with Instep: 10 Years of YiA
July 15, 2020Learn More
Waste Not Rot-Pot
To make seedling planter pots from a bi product that comes from pulp and paper millsSee morePlay Video
Myscha Barry & Leilani Horan
To make a scratch off sticker & mobile app telling people when to take their antibiotics during a courseSee morePlay Video
A wristband for cyclists which vibrate when cars are passingSee morePlay Video
Paper straps that the supermarket butchery or deli put around your own containers and seal with their stickersSee 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 2020 Judges
Salt of the Earth Packaging
Founder of The Pam Fergusson Charitable TrustSee More
Dr Rosie Bosworth
Advisor to Change Foods
Independent future foods & tech expertSee More