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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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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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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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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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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Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

Hands On

Jack McClutchie

Aquinas College

A trolley handle cover

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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

ECOurier Box

Isaac Jarden

Aquinas College

A reusable, sustainable box which replaces traditional, packaging ridden online shopping

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Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Relax-A-Balls

Holly Van den Borst, Mila Laurie

Aquinas College

To create a snack that helps reduce stress and is suitable for people with diabetes to eat between main meals

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Intermediate

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

The Hand Bag

Amy Evans, Madde Hunt

Aquinas College

To redesign a supermarket produce bag so it can be used as a glove that would allow people to select the fruit and vegetables they want without touching or contaminating other items.

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Intermediate

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

The ConnectUs wall

Monique Faire, Aurelia James

Aquinas College

A transportable barrier that separates the visitor and the COVID-19 patient, with built in gloves so they can hold hands to comfort one another while in hospital

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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Street Shop

Sarah Latus

Otumoetai College

A proposed business tool for supermarkets to ensure that everyone is guaranteed a weekly grocery delivery

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Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

The P.O.D App

Erin Moore

Aquinas College

To create an App allowing Courier drivers to get proof of delivery & receipt of packages by customers

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Intermediate

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Chart Check

Cuba Luka

Papamoa College

To create an app that helps people sort their day into a schedule.

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Category Award

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Research Award

Street Shop

Sarah Latus

Otumoetai College

A proposed business tool for supermarkets to ensure that everyone is guaranteed a weekly grocery delivery

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Category Award

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Creativity Award

CheckD

Alaya Callinan

Otumoetai College

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

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Category Award

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Sustainability Award

ECOurier Box

Isaac Jarden

Aquinas College

A reusable, sustainable box which replaces traditional, packaging ridden online shopping

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Category Award

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Communication Award

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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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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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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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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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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Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

StudentStuhl

Annabel King, AlayaCallinan & Samantha Reyes

Otumoetai College

To create a more comfortable and more supportive school chair

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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

KlikTanks

Geordan Giblett

Papamoa College

Interlocking tanks that can be removed and are portable for natural disaster.

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Intermediate

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Second Place

Third Place

How R U

Keisha Abrau & Claire Ma

Aquinas College

To create an app that helps people suffering from depression and their families

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Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

E-Lipt

Georgia Murray, Kenta Beech, Joel Kennerley & Logan Roelofs

Otumoetai College

An electric bike battery renting app

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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

People's Choice

The D.I.G.E.R

Ella Waterreus

Tauranga Girls' College

A machine that sits in a rubbish skip that can sort glass bottles by colour

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Category Award

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Communication Award

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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Category Award

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Sustainability Award

Green Thumbs

Ella Crichton

Otumoetai College

An app that allows companies to collect data through paid surveys. The user is able to donate a percentage of their earnings towards planting tre

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Category Award

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Research Award

StudentStuhl

Annabel King, AlayaCallinan & Samantha Reyes

Otumoetai College

To create a more comfortable and more supportive school chair

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Category Award

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Creativity Award

KiwiPeel

Christian Stark

Tauranga Boys' College

Helps people cut kiwi fruit quicker, safer and easier

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2018

Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Compostabottle

Freda Prak and Jess Nicholson

Bethlehem College

A sustainable bio-degradable bottle for cold liquids.

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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Aerify

Zara Barlow, Kahlia Cullwick, Emily Froehlich

Mount Maunganui College

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

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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

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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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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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

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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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Ezyfeeder

Jamie Triggs

Aquinas College

An automated electric fence moving device for farmers.

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Junior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

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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Senior

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

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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