A selection of 2019 winners of the Young Innovator Awards have recently completed their internships in some of our local leading businesses.
The Otumoetai College team E-Lipt: Georgia Murray, Kenta Beech, Logan Roelofs and Moss Benton spent time at Cucumber developing their app that facilitates the renting of e-bike batteries.
Another Otumoetai College team, StudentSthul made up of Annabel King, Alaya Callinan and Samantha Reyes, worked with Virtuo Design to refine their concept of a more comfortable and supportive chair for school students.
And Sarah Latus - senior category winner Vibrabands, and also from Otumoetai College - has been based at Woods Agency to consider the branding of her Vibrabands safety device – a wristband for cyclists that vibrates as cars approach, helping the cyclist avoid veering into traffic.
It is through the generous support of these businesses that these internships can be offered to students. But as Reuben Woods, Managing Director of Woods Agency, adds,
As one of the founding partners of YiA since its inception in 2010, we fully share the vision to embed a culture of innovation within our schools and wider communities within the Western Bay of Plenty, so providing internships to students like Sarah makes complete sense in terms of achieving that vision.
Sarah has found her time with Woods thoroughly worthwhile;
More than working on Vibrabands, the internship has given me the chance to see how a company like Woods actually operates and it’s made me excited for my own work future after I finish school.