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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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yia! Awards Night - New Date Announced

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

June 22, 2021
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Students say yia! and YES to breakfast at UoW

June 18, 2021
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Internship insight, Phoebe Watson

June 17, 2021
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Past Winners

2020

Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

SOAP

Claire Ma

Aquinas College

To create a platform to pair volunteers with elderly people who need to remain in isolation

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2020

Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

CheckD

Alaya Callinan

Otumoetai College

To create a device and app to help track moles at home

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2020

Intermediate

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Patience

Noah Ball

Aquinas College

To develop an efficient contactless paring system for doctors/patients, on the arrival of patients at medical centres

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2020

Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

ProtectU

Piper Gregory, Elise Oxenham, Stephanie Samson

Aquinas College

A mask cover to add an extra layer of protection from catching Covid-19 wearing a surgical mask

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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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Hiria Te Rangi

Whare Hauora
Kaiwhakahaere (CEO)
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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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