Past Winners

Our students were challenged to find a real-life problem and come up with an innovative solution.
Take a look at winning entries from the past three years here, including the videos from their entries.

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2018

Senior

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Offkuts

Abbey Crawford and Skye Lunson-Storey

Tauranga Girls' College

Gender-neutral clothing, sustainably made from the waste fabric and offcuts produced by the fashion/textile industry.

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Junior

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Compostabottle

Freda Prak and Jess Nicholson

Bethlehem College

A sustainable bio-degradable bottle for cold liquids.

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Senior

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SnowSwivel

Pascale Sperling

Tauranga Girls' College

A single kit combining every medical supply and safety device a diabetic person needs when snowboarding.

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Junior

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Aerify

Zara Barlow, Kahlia Cullwick, Emily Froehlich

Mount Maunganui College

A plant filled, air-purifying tube that filters air.​

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Senior

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Spearo Bag

Jacob Earles

Mount Maunganui College

A waterproof backpack for spearfishing that can be turned into an inflatable float.

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Junior

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Teen Jobs

Josh Callander

Mount Maunganui College

A website that connects teenagers to employers and individuals, looking to get a job done.

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Senior

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People's Choice

Watermark

Ella Waterreus

Tauranga Girls' College

A buoy equipped with a GPS co-ordinate plotter and a thruster powered by solar energy.

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Junior

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People's Choice

Coathanger

Charlotte Watson

Aquinas College

An app that allows the user to view online garments on their body before buying.

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2017

Senior

First Place

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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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Junior

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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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Senior

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People's Choice

Buoy Friend

Roisin Boyle

Aquinas College

​A device that can tighten the buoy ropes that are used at surf lifesaving carnivals to stop them moving out of position.

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Junior

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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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Senior

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Ezyfeeder

Jamie Triggs

Aquinas College

An automated electric fence moving device for farmers.

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Junior

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Blubell

Tyr Burgess

Bethlehem College

A bluetooth wrist watch for the hearing-impaired that vibrates when somebody rings their doorbell.

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2016

Junior

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Gel-Shel

Sam and Holly Sheaff

Mount Maunganui College

Gel-Shel is a holder for energy gels that attaches to mountain bikes, reducing the amount of rubbish picked up after biking events. Sam and Holly won a $1000 cash prize plus Sam had two weeks' invaluable work experience with Locus Research and Woods.

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Senior

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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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Senior

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Rescue Ranger

Daniel Corteza

Tauranga Boys' College

Rescue Ranger is a drone that helps people survive catastrophes by scanning the area for victims and sending for help.

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Junior

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Terminal

Louis Donovan, Phoenix Morris, Jonathan Tomlinson, Jacob Tinning

Mount Maunganui College

Terminal is an app that teaches people how to code. It helps young adults and teenagers to learn some basic coding skills.

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Senior

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People's Choice

Profound

Zeb Barry, Reece Breebart, Kimberly D'Mello

Aquinas College

Profound is a wearable device that helps locate survivors after a human disaster using radio frequencies.

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Junior

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Pet Partners

Sasha van Beek

Bethlehem College

Pet Partners is a website or app which connects people who own pets with people who would like to care for or trial a pet for a while.

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