Congratulations young innovators!

The results are in! Well done to everyone who entered YiA this year, we look forward to seeing you again this year. Check out the top entries on our past winners page.

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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 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 internship experiences worth up to $10,000 with leading Bay 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

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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2017

Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Pressure Sensing Steering Wheel Cover

Emily Mahon

Otumoetai College

To stop texting while driving, this steering wheel cover senses when there is not enough pressure and will beep until both hands are back safely on the wheel. Emily won $1,000 and the opportunity to further develop her idea further during her invaluabe work experience at Locus Research, Beca and TiDA.

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2017

Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

Keep Left

Cael Graham

Bethlehem College

A phone app that helps to ensure that drivers unfamiliar with driving in New Zealand keep on the left side of the road.

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2016

Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Swift Wrap

Lydia Gilmour

Tauranga Girls' College

Swift Wrap is a compact glad wrap dispenser suitable for first aid kits to help burn victims. Lydia won $2000 prize money plus two weeks' invaluable 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 Judges

Suan Yeo

Google for Education
Head for Australia & New Zealand

Alistair Scarfe

Robotics Plus
Founder and CTO

Maru Nihoniho

Metia Interactive
Managing Director

Madison Sykes

Brite
YiA Senior Winner 2017

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