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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. 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

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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People’s Choice Voting and Bayfair

August 25, 2020
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Introducing our YiA 2020 Judges

August 25, 2020
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YiA 2020 Finalists have been chosen!

August 14, 2020
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Innovation with Instep: 10 Years of YiA

July 15, 2020
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Past Winners

2019

Intermediate

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Waste Not Rot-Pot

Stevie Shaw

Aquinas College

To make seedling planter pots from a bi product that comes from pulp and paper mills

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2019

Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

DoseAIDage

Myscha Barry & Leilani Horan

Aquinas College

To make a scratch off sticker & mobile app telling people when to take their antibiotics during a course

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2019

Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Vibrabands

Sarah Latus

Otumoetai College

A wristband for cyclists which vibrate when cars are passing

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2019

Intermediate

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

Clean Cuts

Phoebe Watson

Aquinas College

Paper straps that the supermarket butchery or deli put around your own containers and seal with their stickers

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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 2020 Judges

Melissa Woods

Salt of the Earth Packaging
Co-Founder
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Vaughan Fergusson

Vend
Founder of The Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust
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Alex McCall

Nude Greens
Founder
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Dr Rosie Bosworth

Advisor to Change Foods
Independent future foods & tech expert
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