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Meet our 2017 Finalists

Before you cast your vote for the 2017 People's Choice Award (sponsored by RadioLIVE), learn more about the innovations vying for this year's crowdsourced crown.

2DEGREES – DATA HUNT – AUCKLAND

The 2degrees Data Hunt was an Augmented Reality app that allowed customers to ‘capture’ more data during the summer, and strengthened perceptions of 2degrees data coverage.

The 2degrees summer competition, Data Hunt, engaged customers with an Augmented Reality game that allowed them to catch data bundles in a game similar to Pokemon Go. Instant data credits were awarded instantly through a back-end billing infrastructure. The Data Hunt increased smartphone sales, and changed the perception that 2degrees did not have as much network coverage as other telecommunication companies. The Data Hunt increased market share and customer engagement, with five million plays over the summer months when seasonal data usage increases. Data Hunt enabled a marketing outcome that was more successful and more cost effective than traditional advertising.

AIR NEW ZEALAND – CUSTOMER INNOVATION PROGRAMME – AUCKLAND

Air New Zealand have introduced a range of technology innovations to improve customer service and satisfaction.

Air New Zealand have harnessed technology to create a range of customer care services. These include a personalised Inflight Entertainment system to allow customers to order beverages and food, to chat with other passengers or to purchase duty free items. The system retains preferences for future journeys and queries can be answered by an AI chatbot. Lounge customers can automatically order coffee when they enter, reducing frustrating queues. The Airband™ for child passengers has also enhanced security for unaccompanied minors. Air New Zealand is constantly innovating customer care and interaction to ensure their passengers feel valued.

ALLIANCE GROUP – THE OMEGA LAMB PROJECT – SOUTHLAND

The Omega Lamb Project has selectively bred the Te Mana Lamb, with micro-marbling of intramuscular fat for a superior flavour and cooking versatility.

Te Mana Lamb has been developed as part of The Omega Lamb Project, and is the result of transformational thinking about the end-product. Selective breeding, studies of types of pasture feed and grazing, and geographical environment have led to the development of a lamb with micro-marbling of Omega-3 fats through the lean muscle. The result is a flavoursome meat product with increased cooking versatility, improved texture and lower odour. Te Mana Lamb is reinvigorating the market for New Zealand lamb, both locally and internationally.

ANTEATER – PREMIUM EDIBLE INSECTS – CANTERBURY

Anteater aims to mainstream the consumption of premium edible insect protein as an environmentally sustainable alternative to meat products.

Anteater focuses on sustainable food products such as edible insects. Insect protein is environmentally-responsible as it uses less land, less water, emits fewer greenhouse gases and contains calcium, zinc, iron, and Omega fatty acids while being low in saturated fats. Anteater aims to mainstream the edible insect protein market through the use of marketing and by partnering with high-end restaurants who are leaders in the hospitality industry. Anteater’s research suggests that if one person substituted one beef-based meal per week with an insect-based meal, they would free up 150 square metres of land every year.

ARANZ GEO – LEAPFROG 3D GEOLOGICAL MODELLING SOFTWARE – CANTERBURY

ARANZ Geo’s Leapfrog software provides 3D geological modelling for geoengineering projects around the world.

ARANZ Geo’s Leapfrog 3D geological modelling software for the mining, civil and environmental and renewable energy industries. The 3D models and visualisations improve geological understanding and enables critical time-sensitive decisions that reduce risk, cost and time. Tunnel construction, geothermal engineering, mining and other projects are all benefitting from ARANZ Geo’s Leapfrog software, increasing safety and reducing costs for large scale projects. Complex data is underpinned with geological understanding to establish where to excavate, and to identify stable geology up to 400 metres underground, in a fraction of the time that calculations used to take. ARANZ Geo’s Leapfrog software is being used in numerous countries, including Finland, where Leapfrog is helping determine safe locations for nuclear waste disposal.

ATTITUDELIVE – AUCKLAND

Attitude has created a platform of curated video content about living with disability that is a forum for individuals, families and carers.

Attitude is a multi-media company focusing on creating content for, and about, disability that makes life with a disability visible, and real. The disabled community is broader than the individuals, it also affects families, carers, communities, health professionals and government departments. Better awareness of the realities of life with a disability is important when promoting opportunity, inclusion and equality. The videos show a broad range of experiences of the way life can be lived with a disability. The Attitude platform has closed captions, dyslexic-friendly typography, and screen-reader ability. Attitude is interactive, user-friendly, and allows people to connect as well as find information and resources.

AVALIA IMMUNOTHERAPIES – SYNTHETIC VACCINES – WELLINGTON

Avalia Immunotherapies develops vaccines that activate powerful immune cells in order to treat diseases.

Avalia Immunotherapies is an immuno-oncology company that develops vaccines that activate a family of immune cells called ‘Natural Killer T-Cells’ (NKT Cells) to trigger a powerful immune response to treat, and prevent, disease. Avalia focuses on therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV), as the available prophylactic vaccines are ineffective against existing infections, and existing pre-cancer treatments are unsuitable for many individuals or lapse after a couple of years. Avalia triggers longer term anti-tumour immune responses in patients, making it more effective than other options. In many cases, HPV can be killed off by the body’s own natural immune response, and Avalia enhances that ability.

BFW INNOVATIONS – THE ORIGINAL MATTRESS ELEVATOR – OTAGO

The Original Mattress Elevator is a simple device that lifts a heavy mattress to assist the elderly or disabled with tucking in sheets and safely making beds.

The Original Mattress Elevator has specially designed inflatable tubes that fit between the mattress and base, allowing users to raise and lower mattress edges to enable bed-making to be undertaken safely. Easy to fit to all sized beds, it has a remote control and a specially designed pump. Suitable for the elderly or disabled who have difficulty lifting heavy mattresses when bed-making. Early tests indicate that the Original Mattress Elevator may also help reposition patients, manually or automatically during the day or night, in order to prevent bedsores, but this function is still being studied and further developed. The Original Mattress Elevator increases independence and has benefits for the health and aged care sectors.

BURNSAFE NZ – DISPOSAL OF LANDMINES AND UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE – WELLINGTON

Burnsafe has created devices that safely neutralise unexploded landmines and ordnance without the use of explosives.

War zones have a humanitarian crisis in dealing with landmines and unexploded ordnance that often injure or kill civilians. Exploding them on site is damaging, and using armoured vehicles to relocate them safely is dangerous and costly. Burnsafe NZ have an alternative method, a non-explosive way of safely disposing of unexploded ordnance in situ. Repurposing century-old German welding technology, Burnsafe have created specially designed containers that burn and produce molten iron that melts the casing and burns out explosive content without exploding the device. The Burnsafe devices are safe, easy to use, can be transported by air, and do not contain hazardous materials.

COLIBERATE - NOURISH YOUR MIND – WELLINGTON

CoLiberate have created a programme of mental health self-care and support to regularly empower people to take control of their own stress and mental health.

CoLiberate has its origins in the theatre exercises used to build trust and to support acting vulnerability on stage. CoLiberate applied these principles to mental health care, and developed a programme to encourage people to regularly exercise their own mental health self-care before getting to the point of crisis. CoLiberate applies the principles of going to the gym to mental health and encourages people to strengthen their self-support. CoLiberate has also partnered with a psychologist to create a workplace Mental Resilience & Emotional First Aid programme.

CORE EDUCATION – INVENTIONATOR – AUCKLAND

Core Education’s iNVENTIONATOR is a programme that creates a challenge for students to sample disruptive thinking, problem solving and pitching an invention.

Core Education takes teachers and students through a multi-phase process to understand the disruptive thinking that the iNVENTIONATOR encourages. Students then draw on educational and business methods, adaptive learning, creative and critical thinking skills to generate inventive concepts. They develop these concepts as a team and have an opportunity to pitch their inventions for a chance of a prize in the final phase. Core Education’s iNVENTIONATOR is encouraging innovation and disruptive thinking in young kiwi minds.

CORVECTO – VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING SOLUTIONS – CANTERBURY

Corvecto uses Virtual Reality technology to deliver Training, Health and Safety to a range of industries.

Virtual Reality technology is ideal for training people to use complex or hazardous equipment, especially where training might be unsafe in the real world. Like flight simulators, learning in Virtual Reality allows for repetition and rehearsal before trying the real thing. Corvecto is delivering safe and cost-effective Virtual and Augmented Reality training solutions for a wide range of industries. Virtual Reality training allows employees to learn how to handle disasters or specialised equipment while Virtual Surgery allows a medical student to make a mistake without consequences for the patient. Learning through doing allows for greater retention and understanding of skills, and Corvecto also has performance metrics and reporting for training evaluations.

CREAM – AUCKLAND

Cream connects perishable food supply chain industries in a Cloud-based e-commerce environment.

Food supplies need rapid distribution and sales models and Cream has e-commerce platforms that aim to revolutionise the sales process within these perishable food industries. Cream offers secure data access, transparency and flexibility on live sales. Supply chains of perishable nutritional products is becoming increasingly important and Cream assists buyers and sellers in maintaining provenance records on foodstuffs. Cream increases efficiency, decreases complexity for users, and reduces costs, while also gathering data to help target markets and to analyse consumer habits.

CRIMSON EDUCATION – AUCKLAND

Crimson Education offers personalised tutoring with experts in their fields, allowing students to interact online with those who are foremost in their subject.

Crimson Education personalises the mentoring and tutoring experience by matching students with experts in the subject field, allowing students to reach higher potential. Students can be guided through support programmes that are transformative and multi-years, unlocking student potential from school to University. The mentoring also covers leadership development, extracurricular activities, academic guidance and University counselling. Crimson assists students in finding their pathway from school to the University course of their choice. Crimson opens opportunities for students to access global education and academic opportunities.

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS – SMARTSTART – WELLINGTON

The Department of Internal Affairs has developed SmartStart as an access point for information for new parents.

The aim of SmartStart is to make it easier for new parents to access information and services when they have a baby. The SmartStart portal provides advice about pregnancy, birth and parenting, and access to government services. The portal information can be applied to other services. SmartStart is the first of cross-agency initiatives planned to improve access to government services for Kiwis during critical life events. SmartStart drew from agency partners and advisors from non-government organisations such as Plunket and the New Zealand College of Midwives to develop a service with a broad scope and best practise. Cloud-based and open-source meant SmartStart had a lean, cost-effective platform development.

DOTTEREL TECHNOLOGIES – AUCKLAND

Dotterel Technologies develops audio filtering and quieter drone technology for a wide range of industry applications.

Dotterel Technology develops noise reduction and audio enablement technology for drones, through adaptations to propeller designs and materials, as well as enhancing noise- cancelling and audio filtering technology. Sound absorption, directional shrouding for noise dispersing, and modifications to propeller edge design have led to quieter drone flight. Dotterel has simultaneously focused on noise-cancellation of propeller sounds, while enhancing the filtering on audio-recordings made by the drone in real-time. The technology is utilised in both consumer and commercial scale drones for uses in cinematography, conservation, security, defence, delivery logistics and other industries.

ECOBAGS NZ – NO TO PLASTIC BAGS, YES TO COMPOSTABLE – AUCKLAND

EcoBags NZ have produced a wide range of environmentally-responsible plastic-free compostable bin liners and carry bags.

EcoBags NZ have developed a wide range of plastic free compostable range of bin liners and carry bags, that are suitable for household and commercial use. Plastic takes centuries to break down and the manufacture process releases harmful chemicals. Compostable alternatives are the way forward for a sustainable future. EcoBags are certified to strict international standards and are made from natural starch-based polymers derived from corn and personalised with eco-friendly water-based printing inks. Ecobags could result in a huge reduction in plastic bag rubbish going into landfills.

ECOSTORE – AUCKLAND

Ecostore’s environmentally-responsible products for the home now come in bottles made from sugarcane.

Ecostore offers home cleaning products that are environmentally-responsible, from ingredient sourcing to packaging and distribution. Ecostore has a commitment to water optimisation, reductions in energy use and waste, and in renewable formats. New Ecostore containers are made from sugarcane-based Carbon Capture Pak bottles in order to be more sustainable and to reduce the carbon footprint of manufacture, compared to plastic. Carbon Capture Pak bottles draw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reversing greenhouse gas climate damage. Ecostore continue to be committed to giving customers environmentally-responsible choices for their homes.

EDPOTENTIAL – WELLINGTON

EdPotential is a Cloud-based data analytics programme for assessment data in schools.

EdPotential has developed complex algorithms and data analysis capability to allow schools to reach their full potential in analysing assessment data and student achievement. Greater understanding of student performance allows schools to better target solutions for student improvement. Analysis can also save time compared to manual entry results analysis, and can personalise and enhance teaching practice. EdPotential produces reports, targeted subject analytics, individual and class summaries and student tracking over time. EdPotential has research and development backing from Victoria University.

FIRE AND EMERGENCY NEW ZEALAND – ESCAPE MY HOUSE – WELLINGTON

Fire and Emergency NZ’s safety education, using interactive tools and videos, to motivate householders to plan escape routes in the event of a house fire.

Escape My House is an interactive 360 degree experience that takes place inside a real house fire. The Virtual Reality experience is accompanied with planning tools for making a fire escape plan for your own household. The Escape Planner Tool allows householders to walk around their homes with a phone that helps them identify barriers and safety hazards. The tool sends automated practice reminders to encourage people to hold fire drills at home. Fire safety is something many householders are complacent about, and Escape My House is doubling the numbers of people making a fire safety plan for their families. Escape My House is also receiving international interest from fire departments around the world.

FIRSTCHECK – TARANAKI

FirstCheck allows patients to check and map their moles and skin lesions from home with software that allows doctors to check for skin cancer remotely.

The early identification and monitoring of pre-cancerous moles and skin lesions is imperative for better outcomes for patients. FirstCheck allows mapping and monitoring for melanoma to be taken into the patient’s own hands. FirstCheck’s software allows patients to buy affordable SkinScope™ dermoscopes, in order to check for skin cancer and send images to virtual doctors for analysis and diagnosis. Virtual consults are possible because of the FirstCheck combination of software and dermoscopy.

FISHER AND PAYKEL HEALTHCARE – OPTIFLOW JUNIOR 2 – AUCKLAND

Fisher and Paykel’s Optiflow Junior 2 is a nasal cannula designed for premature babies in respiratory distress.

The Optiflow Junior 2 is a nasal cannula for neonates and premature babies that is used for respiratory support. The nasal prong design and new Waveflex™ technology used in the Optiflow Junior 2 have been developed to improve care by making the cannula more comfortable and more adaptive to a baby’s movement, feeding ability, and bathing requirements. Flow simulation and prototyping were used to optimise the internal geometry of the nasal cannula to maintain maximum flow and therapy delivery in even the smallest neonates, from 23 weeks’ gestation. The Optiflow Junior 2 is easier to use by parents and medical staff, and improves patient outcomes because it is less invasive than CPAP or intubation.

FISHER AND PAYKEL HEALTHCARE – OPTIFLOW JUNIOR THERAPY GROWTH & PRODUCT PREFERENCE – AUCKLAND

Fisher and Paykel’s Optiflow Junior 2 has been successfully marketed to a conservative medical profession.

Fisher and Paykel believed that their Optiflow Junior 2 nasal cannula for neonates and premature babies with new Waveflex™ technology would improve outcomes for premature babies, but convincing the conservative medical profession would be the key. The marketing plan included demonstrations and clinician lectures at medical conferences, and documentary videos of expert clinicians discussing Optiflow Junior its effectiveness in their practice. The website demonstrated the ease and simplicity of fitting the nasal cannula for nursing staff and parents, and interactive clinical sales presentations on tablets were used as a tool to present clinical and product benefits in an engaging manner for hospital staff.

FIX AND FOGG – WORLD’S BEST PEANUT BUTTER – WELLINGTON

Fix and Fogg aim to make the healthiest and best peanut butter.

Fix and Fogg have established a fast-growing peanut butter business from a Wellington retail outlet and have their sights set on conquering New York with their healthy product. America is the home of peanut butter, but the market is dominated by low quality, sugary versions. Fix and Fogg produce a healthy peanut butter that is free of sugars, palm oil, preservatives, emulsifiers and additives. Fix and Fogg plan to break into the US market through an alley store in order to make it a destination brand sought after by trendsetters, and those in the ‘know’. Using their Wellington shop as a template, they hope to create a marketing focal point that will engage customers with their brand story and healthier choice product.

FLEXIMAP – AUCKLAND

FlexiMap is a new clinical solution for detection of gastric dysrhythmias that are associated with a number of stomach disorders.

The movement of the stomach is controlled by bio-electrical contractions. Abnormalities are called gastric dysrhythmias and contribute to gastric dysfunctions and disorders. FlexiMap has partnered with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the University of Auckland’s Department of Surgery to create a system that uses flexible medical sensor arrays coupled with custom hardware and software to provide accurate diagnoses. FlexiMap is a breakthrough in clinical gastrointestinal practice that will improve early detection of gastric dysrhythmias.

FLICK ELECTRIC CO. – WELLINGTON

Flick Electric Co. has disrupted the electricity supply model by giving consumers the tools to switch their usage based on price and demand.

Flick Electric Co. has developed a disruptive retail model, through the use of proprietary technology and customer tools, that allows for the purchase of wholesale market electricity in real time. Flick Electric Co breaks down customer bills and allows consumers to track their usage and spending while saving the average household hundreds of dollars per annum. The app, CHOICE, also gives consumers information about the carbon impact of the electricity they are sourcing so that they can make environmentally conscious decisions about their consumption and usage.

FLUENTIQ – TEST CENTER – CANTERBURY

FluentIQ tests real world communication in English, allowing employers and recruiters better access to global talent for local markets.

The FluentIQ technology platform automatically assesses a person’s real world English communication fluency over Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing skill sets. Automated testing of English communication skills opens avenues for global talent to be considered by employers and recruiters. The FluentIQ certification can serve as a language ‘passport’ for potential employees applying for positions where bias may have traditionally rejected them. Diversity in the workforce is beneficial for businesses. FluentIQ is automated so the cost of administering tests is lower, and FluentIQ has metrics for individual team fit analytics to aid the recruitment process.

FONTERRA CO-OPERATIVE GROUP – PROTEIN INGREDIENT MPC4867 – AUCKLAND

Consumer interest in high-protein foods has led to the Fonterra development of an improved protein ingredient to enhance flavour while reducing harmful by-products.

Greek yoghurt is a popular high-protein dairy product, but the production of it is intensive and it produces a high level of acidic whey as a by-product. Fortifying Greek yoghurt with protein ingredients to reduce acid whey alters the flavour profile. Fonterra undertook the development of a novel protein ingredient that overcomes any flavour and texture defects while developing cultures that creates high-protein Greek yoghurt that is more environmentally-responsible. Fonterra has used Protein Ingredient MPC4867 to create superior Greek yoghurt products and maximise product yield.

FONTERRA CO-OPERATIVE GROUP – VITAMIN D MEASUREMENT – MANAWATU, WANGANUI

Vitamin D is an important micronutrient that has been traditionally difficult to measure in foods, so Fonterra has developed a new method for Vitamin D analysis.

Accurate measuring of Vitamin D content in food and infant formula is essential but has been time-consuming, unreliable and challenging in the past. Fonterra has developed a safer, quicker, more accurate method for Vitamin D analysis. The new method is simple and precise and reduces the solvent used per test, which makes it more environmentally-responsible. Fonterra has shared this method to a number of global laboratories who are also using it as an accurate low-cost standard for Vitamin D measurement and analysis.

FORSITE – AUCKLAND

ForSite is a digital geo-fenced Health and Safety management app that minimises risks when contractors are working on construction sites.

Health and Safety legislation and liability have changed and it is important to ensure workplace safety is taken seriously. ForSite provides a digital solution for construction sites that ensure that all contractors are aware of Health and Safety procedures and on-site hazards. When a contractor comes on site, the app alerts them to the site dangers and they have to sign to demonstrate awareness of them. The sign in and out processes also help keep track of contractors on site and analyses where efficiencies can be made. Construction site manager achieve a high level of compliance, without the paperwork, with ForSite.

FULCRUM - THE FULCRUM HUB – AUCKLAND

Fulcrum Hub software sits alongside an organisation’s existing software, but improves efficiency in data mining and collates a better understanding of customer behaviour.

Managing customer growth and retention in a large corporate organisation can be difficult with variables that can be difficult to collate. Fulcrum Hub is a low cost option that sits alongside existing systems and improves the efficiency of information gathering and data analytics, thereby removing complexity, automating data flows, personalising customer experiences, improving decision-making, and saving time and money. Fulcrum improves an organisation’s relationship with their customer base and increases customer retention and growth.

FULTON HOGAN – VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING – CANTERBURY

Fulton Hogan has developed a Virtual Reality hands-on training procedure for the construction industry to reduce risk to employees.

Training and development in the construction industry can be dangerous but hazards need to be identified and employees need to safely manage any problems. In order to avoid exposing employees to hazards, Fulton Hogan has used Corvotech to create a Virtual Reality programme to train staff in managing risks and understanding damage control. Virtual Reality has been used to create ‘The Bitumen Boil Out Procedure’ application, using experts in the field, health and safety legislation, and Fulton Hogan training and professional development guidelines. This makes it safer for employees, while ensuring a more experienced workforce, familiar with hazard control and recommended procedures.

GEOZONE – CANTERBURY

GeoZone uses GPS data from a range of travel apps to analyse the movement and behaviour of independent tourists in NZ.

GeoZone collects data from a network of GPS-enabled travel apps with personalised branding from partner companies. The apps assist tourists in finding accommodation, activities, rental vehicles and route planning. By analysing the tourist GPS data, and data on credit card spending, GeoZone can identify trends, make recommendations, and better personalise the traveller experience as well as improving local marketing to independent tourists. Understanding travel patterns in regional New Zealand helps central and local government to develop tourism destinations. GeoZone also provides safety and emergency assistance for tourists. During the Kaikoura earthquake, GeoZone delivered 3,000 notifications to tourists located within one kilometre of the coastline advising them of the tsunami warning.

GREEN SPOT TECHNOLOGIES – AUCKLAND

Green Spot Technologies creates specialised gluten-free, high-protein flours from biowaste from the juicing industry.

Green Spot aims for environment sustainability and social well-being through the use of natural resources to provide consumers with nutritionally balanced fermented food products. By-products of the juicing process are usually waste, but Green Spot has a process that ferments and uses the waste to create a unique Functional Flour that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-glycaemic, low-fat, high protein, GMO-free and naturally rich in vitamins, essential minerals, omega fatty acids, and prebiotics. The conversion of the low value substrates into high value-added food products allows Green Spot to competitively enter the worldwide market for functional and gluten-free flours.

HAKA TOURISM GROUP – AN INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODEL – AUCKLAND

Haka Tourism are vertically integrating and managing the tourist experience by providing accommodation as well as educational and activity experiences in a niche market.

Haka Tourism provides guided tours, and educational activities, and is expanding its business model by providing accommodation as well. In order to have full quality control and management of positive tourist experiences, Haka Tourism have been building Haka Lodges and Apartments around New Zealand. The Haka accommodation integrates fully with the activity tourism and utilises specialist staff expertise across the whole group. By diversifying seasonal activities, Haka Tourism is also less sensitive to market changes.

HALTER – AUCKLAND

Halter Ltd is a solar-powered cow collar that allows for virtual herding and stock management.

Halter Ltd has designed and produced a GPS-enabled, solar-powered cow collar that uses sound stimuli to manage cow health and movement. Halter links tablets and Smartphones allowing farmers to direct individual cow or whole herd movements. Controlling cattle location allows for controlled sustainable grazing and effortless herding for milking and paddock movement or drafting. The collar also monitors individual cow health, and alerts farmers to any concerns. A time-saving practical and analytic innovation that can support other agricultural technology and has the potential to transform grass-fed livestock industries.

HIAKAI – WELLINGTON

Hiakai creates pop-up dining experiences that both educate and hero Māori cuisine and cooking techniques.

Hiakai means to be hungry or having a craving for food. Hiakai explores Māori ingredients, cooking techniques and traditional food combinations in new pop-up modern dining experiences. Hiakai hosts intimate Māori dining experiences that allow guests to learn about the processes involved in Māori cooking techniques, and to learn more about the adaptive nature of Māori crop–growing and cuisine. Hiakai hopes to encourage an interest in Māori cuisine and to generate a revival amongst young Māori chefs to utilise their cultural heritage in cooking.

HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT NZ (HPSNZ) - INNOVATION PROGRAMME- AUCKLAND

High Performance Sport NZ works with Goldmine to create electronic training equipment that allows athletes to improve performance with advice from top coaches and sports professionals.

High performance athletes are competing with the top sportspeople in their fields and this programme combines electronic analysis of movement and equipment to refine sports performance down to the microsecond. This is paired with access to international coaches and technique analysts to ensure that athletes are getting the best input into their performances. Optimising the customised training interventions improves outcomes and makes this a highly effective sports performance programme.

HUAWEI NEW ZEALAND – TE REO MĀORI SMARTPHONE – AUCKLAND

Huawei have created the first Smartphones to offer Te Reo Māori as a standardised language option for users.

In consultation with Māori leaders and with the Auckland University of Technology, Huawei have created the first Smartphones to offer Te Reo Māori as a standard language option. With the Huawei P10 or P10 Plus, users can opt for a fully Māori device or a bilingual keyboard. The Te Reo Māori option has been extended to all Huawei tablets in the New Zealand market as well. Huawei has invested in domestic business with this development towards Huawei’s market share in New Zealand.

IMAKE – THE GRAINFATHER – AUCKLAND

The Imake Grainfather is a user-friendly home brewing system that allows home brewers to make authentic craft beers from grains rather than extracts.

The craft beer movement created a home brewer demand for brewing from authentic ingredients instead of kit extracts. The Grainfather is highly technical at automating the brewing processes, but user-friendly enough to be fun for the home brewer. The affordable Grainfather system and app allows for the use of raw and organic ingredients and greater experimentation with taste and process by the home brewer. Commercial grade personalised craft beer can now be made at home with the Grainfather.

KAMI – AUCKLAND

Kami provides a suite of digital tools that encourage interactivity while also enabling schools to go paperless, saving time and money.

Kami is an EdTech start-up that provides digital tools for document annotation and editing tools to enable interactivity and collaboration while also helping schools to become paperless. Kami moves schools and classrooms from a reliance on paper-based materials to a more environmentally-responsible digital format. Kami also enriches student learning with online educational resources, such as e-books, online worksheets, all in a user-friendly app. Kami is fully integrated with the Google suite of products allowing students to finish work at home and automatically sync. Kami comes with video, audio, text and voice-to-text tools to enable teachers and students to work effectively together.

LEVNO – SENSOR AND DATA TECHNOLOGY – MANAWATU, WANGANUI

Levno has developed a milk vat monitoring system that identifies any problems before costly damage is done to milk products.

Levno has created a system that monitors milk vat volume, temperature, cooler efficiency, and stirrer status and alerts farmers to any problems via a user-friendly dashboard. Diagnosing milk system issues early reduces costly damage or wastage of milk products. Levno leases the technology to the farmers, reducing the uptake and maintenance costs while allowing Levno to support the farmer through the term of their subscription to the service. Levno’s sensor and dashboard optimise productivity and reduce waste.

LINEWIZE – CLASSWIZE – CANTERBURY

Linewize provides teachers with a dashboard that provides complete visibility and control over student internet usage in the classroom.

Linewize has developed an internet management service for schools that reduces the IT manager requirement and allows classroom teachers greater visibility and control over student usage. Linewize has rolled out in a number of New Zealand schools as well as schools in America and Botswana. Linewize allows teacher to monitor and control student web and app usage during class using a simple dashboard control. Linewize also allows teachers to view Chromebook screens, assist students who need help, reward students who are on-task and re-engage distracted students with immediate feedback on undesired behaviour. Linewize allows teachers to monitor all devices in a classroom including student mobile phones.

LITTLE YELLOW BIRD – ETHICALLY MADE CORPORATE WORKWEAR – WELLINGTON

Little Yellow Bird produces ethical corporate workwear with sustainability and visibility throughout the supply chain and manufacturing process.

Little Yellow Bird is a uniform and merchandise supplier with the vision of improving social and environmental sustainability throughout the garment supply chain. From farmer to designer to garment makers, the supply chain is transparent and environmentally and socially responsible. Fair Trade organic cotton, factory certification and a commitment to zero waste initiatives and ethical employment mean that Little Yellow Bird products can be trusted. Working with repurposing partners, Little Yellow Birds ensures all waste garments are recycled rather than becoming part of a landfill.

MANGO TEQ – REYEDR HUD – AUCKLAND

The REYEDR device attaches to motorcycle helmets and turns them into a Heads-Up Display (HUD) for safety, navigation and social interaction on the road.

Mango teQ Limited develops Augmented Reality (AR) technology into smart eyewear solutions. The REYEDR Heads-Up Display (HUD) attaches to motorcycle helmets and shows speed, navigation, caller ID and more, using holographic technology to display a virtual image at infinite focus to work with the rider’s natural line of sight. The device makes it safer for riders as they do not have to take their eyes off the road to look down at speed dials, the device is geo-connected and can also alert emergency services in case of an accident. The REYEDR HUD also allows for a more social experience with riders in groups, and can be retrofitted to any full face motorcycle helmet.

MARINE FLEX – ELASTIC MOORING – MARLBOROUGH, NELSON & TASMAN

Marine Flex is a sustainable marine mooring system made from polymers that resist corrosion and do less environmental damage than current metal chains.

Marine Flex is an advanced mooring system that is constructed with ultra-high polymer corrosion-resistant plastics and natural rubber products that are long-lasting and require little maintenance. It does less damage to the environment than traditional metal chains and has benefits for marine and aquaculture industries. The Marine Flex Mooring can withstand severe weather conditions and safely resists wave motion with controlled elongation and return, without harsh whiplash action, due to a pre-tensioning design with progressive resistance that substantially reduces movement. Traditional metal chains rust and cause environmental damage, while the Marine Flex unit is simple to install, easy to service, and uses half the length usually required by metal chains.

MARS BIOIMAGING – CANTERBURY

MARS Bioimaging has developed a spectral CT scanner that produces colour x-ray images with less radiation and lower costs than traditional CT scanning.

MARS Bioimaging has developed diagnostic imaging that quantifies molecular and anatomic elements and compounds and creates colour images at a fraction of the cost, time and radiation doses of traditional CT scanning. CT scans show structural information but the MARS Bioimaging provides 3-D molecular information about tissues. The preclinical scanner has produced outstanding results in molecular images of tumours, atherosclerosis, arthritic cartilage or drug delivery. Normal black and white CT scans cannot distinguish between different tissue densities, but the Medipix detector chip in the MARS scanner can make those distinctions, making it a better diagnostic tool. MARS Bioimaging can also assess levels of fat, water and inflammation, which aids in differentiating between cancer and normal fatty lumps.

MASSEY UNIVERSITY WELLINGTON – THE DESIGN+DEMOCRACY PROJECT – WELLINGTON

The Design+Democracy Project explores how to get young people engaged in the political process.

The aim of the Design+Democracy Project is to get young people to engage with political processes, and make them informed, confident participants when choosing their government representatives. Social design has the potential to reverse the downward trend of civic participation by young people. The Project has developed online tools that engage young people in local body and general elections with the aim of increasing voter turnout. The Design+Democracy Project has created gamified apps such as On The Fence, Ask Away and Vote Local, which allow young voters to align their personal values with political candidates or parties. Encouraging early voting habits ensures a democratic future for New Zealand.

MCCARTHY FINCH – AUCKLAND

McCarthyFinch is an entity that plans to increase access to affordable legal advice through artificial intelligence.

Legal services are out of reach for many New Zealanders because of the high cost of legal advice. McCarthyFinch has developed an artificial intelligence that answers basic legal questions, reviews documents, and translates jargon. The technology assists law firms by reducing their costs and improving time usage on ancillary tasks. McCarthyFinch aims to democratise access to legal services for the average person who is unable to pursue legitimate legal help due to cost, or confusion over rights. Legal advisors oversee more difficult cases, but the majority of queries can be addressed automatically. McCarthyFinch does not cover criminal law, but assists with general law queries and documents.

METIA INTERACTIVE – TĀKARO – AUCKLAND

Tākaro is an interactive platform for young New Zealanders, especially Māori, to learn coding concepts through gameplay.

Tākaro introduces young people to coding concepts and systems thinking through hands-on gameplay environments with educational outcomes. The interactive gaming is set in a Virtual world and involves cognitive skills, spatial awareness, problem solving, pattern recognition and critical thinking. The users learn the principles of coding and construction techniques to create within this virtual world. Tākaro supports users to increase their confidence in the use of technology and to manipulate and create content, from a Māori perspective that is user-friendly for all.

MEVO – ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON DEMAND – WELLINGTON

Mevo Ltd has developed an app that allows for the shared usage of fleets of electric cars in city centres.

Mevo provides an alternative to private car ownership by having a membership scheme for car-sharing a fleet of electric vehicles in city centres. The Mevo app can be used to locate, book, and unlock the vehicle. Shared usage of cars reduces traffic congestion and the underutilisation of vehicle assets, while the environmentally-friendly hybrid electric cars reduce carbon emissions in cities. Members save money without the hassles of car ownership. Mevo is also targeting councils to adopt their model to reduce council overheads.

MODERN MĀORI QUARTET – AUCKLAND

The Modern Māori Quartet is a showband that blends old and new music with humour and harmonies.

In the tradition of showbands of old, but with an update, the Modern Māori Quartet blends music, charisma, humour and harmonies to create kiwi entertainment for the local and global markets. Singing in English and Te Reo Māori, the Modern Māori Quartet draws on traditional cultural influences and mixes them up with a range of music to present inter-generational audiences with a slick and entertaining show. Modern Māori Quartet have become a commercial entertainment company in their own right with transmedia applications and a team of managers, partners and collaborators.

MOXION – AUCKLAND

Moxion provides a platform for filmmaker teams to review and comment on footage online.

Digital filmmaking has come a long way since the use of film stock and processing. Real time logging of raw footage and meta-data on Moxion allows film-making teams to access footage and make notes or check continuity quickly. There are cost-savings through greater efficiency, especially when team members are geographically distant from the film location. Department heads can access footage virtually in real time to check the on-set activity and can help avoid costly pick-ups and continuity errors. Moxion footage can be viewed on any device, and can be downloaded for offline review. The digital asset meta-data also reduces many of the manual processes involved in filmmaking and editing.

MYOVOLT – WEARABLE VIBRATION THERAPY – CANTERBURY

Myovolt is a lightweight, easily applied, wearable vibrational therapy device to aid recovery from muscle injuries.

Myovolt is a wearable electronic device for sports and fitness consumers designed to enhance the performance and enable faster recovery of muscles by delivering Localised Vibration Therapy (LVT) directly to the affected area. Myovolt directly treats muscles, soft tissue and joints, thereby increasing circulation, flexibility, range of movement and relieving soreness. Myovolt delivers vibrations at a frequency that is known to medically benefit muscle tissue, and provides physiotherapy that is easily self-applied. Developed by leading experts with Olympic athlete and elite sports team experience, Myovolt is lightweight, comfortable, affordable and simple to use.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK – WAIKATO

Off the Beaten Track aims to connect people with authentic kiwi experiences in unspoiled rural locations.

Off the Beaten Track connects lovers of the outdoors and rural experiences with privately owned farms and venues. Rural tourism allows landowners to diversify their incomes and to share the beauty of their landscapes with those seeking an authentic farm or remote rural experience. Off the Beaten Track connects domestic and international travellers with owners of beautiful environments for holidays and getaways on lands that would not usually be available to the public.

ONGUARD GROUP – SEISMIC SYSTEMS – CANTERBURY

Onguard is an anti-earthquake anchoring technology for liquid storage tanks.

Onguard's seismic anchoring technology uses a unique design to protect liquid storage tanks and their contents from earthquakes. Onguard’s system of patented anchors dissipate energy and prevent tanks from toppling or buckling. The anchors are welded to the base of the tanks and act as a ‘fuse’ during quakes. Onguard can be applied to new tanks or retrofitted to existing tanks. Onguard anchors provide dissipation through earthquake and aftershocks, thereby protecting tanks from spills and preserving safety and business continuity for wineries, dairies, breweries, petroleum and hazardous chemical companies.

ORGANIC INITIATIVE (Oi) – AUCKLAND

The Organic Initiative (Oi) is creating organic and sustainable feminine hygiene products that are safer and more environmentally friendly.

The Organic Initiative (Oi) wants to revolutionise the hygiene market in order to remove plastic, chemicals and toxins from sanitary products. Existing products are often bad for women’s health and terrible for the environment. The goal is to create safer, organic products that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly for the billions of women around the world who regularly need these products. Oi products are biodegradable and recommended by doctors and midwives. The goals is to provide premium organic products at affordable prices.

OSNOVA – AMY™ - AUCKLAND

Osnova have created a digital tutor that adaptively works with students requiring help with Algebra.

Osnova have created Amy™, a digital tutor that adaptively tutors, fills student knowledge gaps, marks work, sets homework and individualised exercises and gives student-specific feedback. The Amy™ tutor can be used at home or in schools. The initial focus for Amy™ has been tutoring Year 11 Algebra, where identifying the knowledge gaps allows students to improve in topics that have prerequisite learning needs. Amy™ provides one-on-one tutoring at home or in school to ensure students receive the individualised help they require for a lower cost to parents.

PLINK SOFTWARE – TIPU TE REO MĀORI – MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, TASMAN

Learning Te Reo Māori has been made easier and more accessible with the Tipu app.

Plink Software have created the mobile app, Tipu, to help users learn Te Reo Māori. Suitable for beginners and more advanced learners, Tipu adjusts through levels of complexity while also learning about the ability of the user. Sentence structures, vocabulary and grammar are all introduced, personalised, and expanded as learning becomes entrenched. Tipu also remembers where you were up to, so you are returned to where you left off any time you pick up the device. Tipu has an appealing interface and brings the learning of Te Reo to modern devices.

POP-UP GLOBE - AUCKLAND

The Pop-Up Globe provided a unique pop-up Shakespearean theatrical experience with a temporary structure replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

The temporary replica structure of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Pop-Up Globe in Auckland, provided audiences with an amazing theatrical experience performed in the style of Shakespearean times, with luscious costuming and international casts of experienced actors. Experiencing the plays in the space and style for which they were written adds to the excitement and educational aspects of the dramas and comedies performed. The interactivity of the performers and audiences echoed the times of William Shakespeare all in the beautiful park-like setting at Ellerslie. School students were able to undertake tours, combat training and learn more about the structure and the workings of a Tudor theatre. The Pop-Up Globe will now be popping up in Melbourne.

PRECISION DRIVEN HEALTH – AUCKLAND

Precision Driven Health is a multi-partner initiative to personalise healthcare through data research.

Precision Driven Health (PDH) is a research partnership aimed at improving health outcomes through data. Precision medicine and personalised healthcare is predicated on information about an individual, with genetic and social profiles as part of an Electronic Health Record. Healthcare advice is usually offered based on a clinic visit and limited information. This assumes every patient is average, rather than targeting their treatment based on holistic data. This means patients will get better healthcare, and the right treatment earlier, avoiding ineffective or incorrect treatments. Pharmacogenomics uses a patient’s genetic make-up to prescribe medications that are tailored for that individual. Precision Driven Health aims to put New Zealand at the forefront of this global health movement.

PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE – TOOTHCRUSH – AUCKLAND

Toothcrush is an environmentally-responsible bamboo toothbrush subscription service.

Plastic toothbrushes are harmful to teeth and to the environment. Toothcrush has developed soft-bristled bamboo brushes that are better for teeth, gums and the world we live in. The bamboo toothbrushes are regularly replaced and delivered monthly on a subscription service so that you have a fresh toothbrush to use. Each biodegradable and Toothcrush brush is made from sustainable and renewable bamboo plantations, and has been developed with expert dentists. Toothcrush reduces the amount of plastic in landfills and is eco-friendly.

PUNARAU MEDIA – PIPI MĀ – BAY OF PLENTY

Pipi Mā has produced a range of Te Reo Māori speaking and singing plush dolls for New Zealand children.

Pipi Mā have created four plush dolls that speak and sing in Te Reo Māori. The dolls come with bilingual language learning cards and cover pre-schooler basics like colours and learning to count. The packaging of the Pipi Mā range of dolls reflects Māori heritage with a wharenui box design and Te Reo Māori instructions. New Zealand children deserve an authentic representation of themselves in toy form, and it is hoped that the Pipi Mā dolls will help to normalise Te Reo Māori, outside of classroom settings, for all kiwi children. The Pipi Mā characters will also become an animated, full immersion cartoon for pre-schoolers this year.

REVISIA – INDUSTRIAL 3D INNOVATION – AUCKLAND

Revisia combines 3D technology to create virtual models and simulations for industrial projects.

Industrial projects such as plant maintenance shutdowns, retrofitting, capital projects, design and implementation need to be performed efficiently and with minimal disruption. Visualising scenarios in 3D first allows for expertise from senior technicians to be applied to best practice solutions to ensure streamlined implementations. Staff benefit from greater clarity and step by step strategies for tackling complex equipment installations or plant maintenance. Risks, human errors and costs are reduced by Revisia’s programmes. Revisia also reduces the time that plants are offline, thereby improving efficiency.

ROCKET LAB – AUCKLAND

The Rocket Lab has pioneered a kiwi space programme, with purpose-built rockets for regular commercial satellite launches.

Rocket Lab plans regular small satellite launches from Mahia Peninsula, opening access to space for many companies around the world. The Electron launch vehicle utilises 3D printing and ground-breaking technology to deliver satellites into orbit with high frequency. With its lightweight and advanced carbon composite construction and Rutherford engine, manufacture of the Electron is rapid and affordable. The Rutherford is also the world's first battery-powered rocket engine, using an entirely new electric propulsion cycle to drive its turbopumps. Currently, small satellite companies wait years to get on orbit, often at the mercy and schedules of larger payloads in very expensive American launches. Rocket Lab can disrupt this small satellite market that can offers crop monitoring, natural disaster prediction, improved weather and maritime reporting, and search and rescue services from space.

SHUTTLEROCK – CANTERBURY

Shuttlerock generates brand awareness and marketing from the consumer’s authentic experience.

Shuttlerock utilises consumer-generated content to help a brand tell its story through the eyes of its customers through the use of authentic photos and video content. Rather than telling consumers what the brand should mean to them, Shuttlerock lets the consumers express their feelings about the brand themselves. The platform auto-refreshes Facebook content and uses proprietary AI software to optimise creative streams for advertising. Shuttlerock helps locate and curate content, and cost-effectively manages the content distribution onto Facebook and other social media platforms.

SIMPLICITY – AUCKLAND

Simplicity is a low-fee, non-profit ethical funds manager.

Simplicity is a non-profit KiwiSaver and Funds manager that donates a percentage of profits to charities. Simplicity has also pioneered ethical investment, removing all nuclear weapons components, tobacco, and land mines from its investment portfolio. Simplicity has made public calls for greater diversity in senior management and governance positions in corporations, and is introducing NZ’s first guaranteed income Kiwi Saver fund. Simplicity keeps fees low by operating online with easy to understand financial products. The non-profit charitable structure allows for greater transparency and innovation in financial services.

SIMPLY PAYROLL – WELLINGTON

Simply Payroll aims to simplify Payroll processing via Smartphone app for the average small business.

Simply Payroll takes complicated payroll legislation and administration and simplifies it on a mobile app that allows payroll to be processed quickly and easily. Simply Payroll calculates wages, pays staff, sends payslips and reports, and files PAYE in just seconds. Payroll has traditionally been costly and time consuming for the small businessperson who has other things to do. Simply Payroll frees up time and reduces costs with their system. Data regarding tax returns and business management tools that improve staff planning are included in the user-friendly app.

SOAR PRINTING – EVOLUTION THROUGH INNOVATION – AUCKLAND

Soar Printing has used technology and innovation to improve their business model even in a shrinking printing market.

Soar Printing was launched after World War One and has survived for one hundred years by maintaining an approach of diversification and innovation. Soar Printing has stayed at the forefront by adopting new technology, shifting to environmentally-responsible green printing inks and papers, and adapting to changing markets. Maintaining a lean production process and making use of digital technology, Soar Printing continues from strength-to-strength in a dying print market. Soar Printing has pursued continuous improvement and innovation in order to maintain profitability in the printing industry.

THE SOCIAL CLUB – AUCKLAND

The Social Club is a platform that matchmakes brands to social media influencers for marketing campaigns and collaborations.

The Social Club automated platform connects brands to social media influencers for collaborative campaigns. The Social Club manages all aspects of influencer marketing campaign - including identification, pricing, engagement, communication, content approval and reporting. The platform is easy to use and intuitive, lowers the barriers to entry and reduces the time required for any campaign roll out. The Social Club acts as a casting agent for influencers, identifying them and establishing which brands they align with and simplifying the negotiations and contracting for both parties.

SOLARBRIGHT – DATAEYE – CANTERBURY

DATAeye is a solar road stud that collects, and transmits, road and traffic data wirelessly in real time.

DATAeye is a small solar road stud that senses and collects traffic and road environment data and wirelessly transmits it to the cloud. Data such as traffic count, ground temperature, CO2 levels, speed, traffic weight, all in real time. The DATAeye has highly sensitive sensors and is heard-wearing compared to existing rubber strip technology for traffic data collection. With lower costs, the DATAeye can improve safety, provide up-to-date traffic information, and can be affixed permanently in place because of the solar power use.

SOLARCITY NZ – SOLARZERO ENERGY SERVICE – AUCKLAND

solarZero allows kiwi homes to switch to solar without the upfront cost by installing, retaining the solar panel ownership, and charging an energy service fee to homeowners.

Solar power has a high up-front cost for panels and installation and storage battery. solarZero removes the barrier to solar uptake by installing the solar panels and leasing them to the homeowner for a fixed monthly energy services fee, guaranteed not to rise for 20 years. The solarZero energy service has required innovation across the financial, energy and technology sectors. By integrating solar panels with battery and energy management technology, household resilience has been improved as back up electricity is available. Solar allows homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and be more environmentally responsible.

SONNAR INTERACTIVE – AUDIO GAMES – AUCKLAND

Sonnar Interactive creates sound-based games for the visually impaired.

Sonnar Interactive is meeting the needs of the 324 million visually impaired people worldwide by creating accessible games based on music and sounds. Removing barriers for the visually impaired was paramount in the development of a series of games that can be enjoyed by both sighted and visually impaired players. With single or multi-player interfaces, they encourage interaction and reduce social isolation. Sonnar Interactive caters to an under-served population by providing a high-quality gaming experience.

SPATNZ – NEXT GENERATION SHELLFISH - MARLBOROUGH, NELSON AND TASMAN

SPATnz (Shellfish Production & Technology NZ) is developing commercial Greenshell mussel hatcheries with breeding programmes to increase the value of the product yield.

Greenshell mussel production is difficult and unreliable with its reliance on wild Greenshell mussel ‘spat’ which is notoriously sensitive to culturing. The challenge was to increase the survival odds when breeding and growing commercial quantities of mussels for market harvest. Wild spat was in short supply, but SPATnz’s hatchery now has guaranteed monthly spawning of around three billion mussel embryos. After nurturing they are transferred to the sea hatcheries. SPATnz’s sophisticated breeding programme allows for rapid gains in meat weight and in the development of specialised branded products, such as anti-inflammatory mussel oil for the bioactive market, with higher returns per kilo.

SPRING SHEEP MILK CO. – NZ’s GENTLEST MILK – AUCKLAND

In the process of building a new primary industry for New Zealand with sheep milk, Spring Sheep Milk Company has partnered marketing with farming to develop brand and market share from grass to retailer.

Creating a demand and a market for a new product range requires a global marketing strategy and branding model. An early partnership between producers and marketers has led to the Spring Sheep Milk Company controlling their branding from farm to retailers. The marketing strategy includes customer insights, leveraging processing, quality product sourcing, and identifying the target market best suited for product insertion. Utilising these marketing principles, Spring Sheep Milk Company has introduced the world to its range of high-end nutritional sheep milk products.

SPRINGFREE TRAMPOLINE – SMART TRAMPOLINE – CANTERBURY

The Springfree Smart Trampoline has mat sensors that collects jumping data and turns it into game interactions that encourage physical activity.

The Springfree Smart Trampoline has an innovative sensor mat that detects jump activity, and turns the trampoline into an interactive platform controlled by the jumper’s body movements. User location, jump height, calorie burn rate, and other data are all sent to a tablet attached to the enclosure net, which in turn, feeds a suite of apps and games designed to be controlled by the movements of the jumper on the trampoline. The systems are robust innovations that perform for years in extreme weather conditions, and are adaptive to both adult and child users. The Springfree Smart Trampoline is motivational and encourages children to exercise.

SQUAWK SQUAD – AUCKLAND

Squawk Squad have created sensor traps and apps for native bird sanctuaries to assist volunteers.

Bird sanctuaries can be very labour intensive with remote traps that need regular checking by volunteers. Squawk Squad has created sensor-connected traps with apps that allow traps to be deployed and monitored remotely. The traps are re-settable and sanctuaries have a live view of all traps and are notified when they are activated. Squawk Squad is a social enterprise that pays for the traps themselves, while the sanctuaries pay for bait and gas for the trap mechanism. The majority of Squawk Squad’s funding goes directly to helping to provide sanctuary for native birds.

STOCKX – A SMARTER EXCHANGE – HAWKE’S BAY

StockX is a platform online marketplace for livestock trading that reduces costs by removing third party agents.

StockX is an online marketplace for livestock that directly connects buyers and sellers with a range of easy trading options, market insights, transport solutions, low transaction costs and payment security. StockX cuts out the ‘middle man’ and delivers cost benefits to the farmers. Producer have more control over the process and experience fairer prices, better returns and better products. Animal welfare is improved as transport is direct to the buyer without stressful sale yard attendance. StockX will also allow producers direct access to processing markets. StockX hopes to create a democratised marketplace, through greater transparency, with a platform that has key information readily available for both buyers and sellers in the livestock industry.

THE TARANAKI RETREAT – TARANAKI

The Taranaki Retreat is a grassroots-built facility for a suicide prevention initiative.

Set in beautiful rural surroundings near Maunga Taranaki, and with cosy and quiet grounds, The Taranaki Retreat aims to help patrons deal with crises and difficult life events while helping them through any suicidal thoughts. The Taranaki Retreat has friendly animals to pet, a skilled team of therapists, and people who care. The Taranaki Retreat is a free facility built by the community for the community. Taranaki Retreat clients can come alone, or with whanau, to rest and heal in their own time.

TE WHARE HUKAHUKA – GROWING MĀORI SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – AUCKLAND

Te Whare Hukahuka delivers educational programmes crowdsourced from indigenous platforms worldwide to find solutions that work for the encouragement of Maori social enterprise.

Te Whare Hukahuka sources best practice enterprise schemes from around the world to find educational or social enterprise projects that work best for Maori enterprise schemes. Costs are reduced through the use of online systems and AI to automate the sales aspects of Te Whare Hukahuka’s educational services. Te Whare Hukahuka uses experimentation from testing, learning and iterating to provide rapid and continuous innovation in its programmes. Te Whare Hukahuka encourages both face-to-face interactions and online delivery.

TE WHARE HUKAHUKA – KA EKE POUTAMA/ENABLING A GENERATION OF MĀORI LEADERS – AUCKLAND

Ka Eke Poutama is a Maori youth development programme designed to empower the next generation of Maori leaders.

Ka Eke Poutama is a programme that builds practical leadership and strategic thinking skills. With innovation and governance, the programme increases the confidence, capability and connections for the young rangatahi to step up into community and leadership roles. The method of delivery is hands-on with guest speakers, weekend workships and key networking opportunities, methods of delivery that actually resonate with Maori youth. The focus is on self-discovery, preparation and applying those new skills. Te Whare Hukahuka’s Ka Eke Poutama programme is delivering Maori leadership for the future.

TECTONUS – THE RESILIENT SLIP FRICTION JOINT (RSFJ®) – AUCKLAND

The Resilient Slip Friction Joint (RSFJ®) is an innovative structural joint that significantly reduces damage to buildings during earthquakes.

The Resilient Slip Friction Joint (RSFJ®) is an innovative structural joint that combines energy damping and self-centring in a single compact device. The RSFJ® strengthens building structures, enabling them to withstand the energy dissipation of seismic impact and to self- centre the structure back to its original position, without the need for expert checking or joint replacement after an earthquake event. The RSFJ® can be installed new, or retrofitted to buildings of any materials, including concrete, timber or steel, and to any structural configuration, whether braced, shear-wall or moment-resisting frames.

TIMELY – OTAGO

Timely is a Cloud-based scheduling and business management system for salons and clinics that use appointment bookings.

Timely uses the latest technology to create a booking system that organises the business of salons and patient clinics. The software is more than just an appointments calendar as it can invoice, send reminders, complete payments and secure backups, as well as integrate with external accounting, marketing and payment software packages. Timely automates and streamlines much of the admin involved in running a clinic business and allows owners and managers to better service their clientele.

TOURISM HOLDINGS (THL) – MIGHWAY

Tourism Holdings have developed a motorhome and caravan sharing platform to increase the number of rental vehicles available during summer months.

Mighway is a sharing platform, launched by Tourism Holdings, that connects motorhome and campervan owners with customers. The platform allows Tourism Holdings to offer a wider array of campervan options without capital investment in fleet vehicles, and allows motorhome owners to generate income from the vehicles when they are not in use. Mighway also reduces the supply issues during the summer months when demand is at its highest. Mighway is effectively a peer-to-peer platform but is overseen by Tourism Holdings, allowing a wider range of motorhome types to suit any customer’s needs and it enables pick-ups across New Zealand rather than limiting availability to city centres.

VECTOR – GLEN INNES SUBSTATION – AUCKLAND

Vector is introducing initiatives to reduce the carbon emissions of power supplies by trialling battery storage to reduce peaks and troughs and ensure reliability for consumers.

Vector’s investment in battery storage within the power supply grid enables the battery to be charged overnight during low demand and discharged during the day when there is higher demand. This levels off the peaks and troughs and reduces the need for energy production by up to 15%, which has an impact on the carbon footprint of the electricity generated. The battery storage also reduces impact of power outages on consumers. Vector hopes to further reduce the carbon emissions and cost of electricity in New Zealand.

VIGILANCE – FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT – AUCKLAND

Vigilance is a robust system to handle company payments to ensure companies are protected from fraudulent transactions.

Ensuring that internal processes for payment approvals from business accounts are transparent and secure, is essential for every business. Robust process systems around payment management minimises the risk of fraud. Vigilance is software that alerts payment approvers to risky transactions prior to the money leaving the company account. Vigilance provides greater security to company owners and assists Board members in operating with a duty of care. With Vigilance, companies can be assured that they have an extra layer of security against fraud.

WAITEMATA DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD – LEAPFROG PROGRAMME – AUCKLAND

The Leapfrog Programme fast tracks health initiatives led by clinicians at the Waitemata District Health Board that are likely to have significant impact on patient or staff efficiency and outcomes.

Projects that target specific improved patient or staff outcomes are prioritised and supported by the Waitemata District Health Board in order to ensure that improvements in clinical practice are instituted quickly. Projects selected by the Leapfrog programme must have significant benefits for patient care or patient experience of the health system. The Leapfrog Programme has transformed many aspects of the public health system including electronic prescribing to reduce adverse drug events, and early warning alerts for at-risk, and a mobility strategy to support clinician mobility and other clinical apps.

WATEROUTLOOK – AUCKLAND

WaterOutlook is a specialist platform for data collating, monitoring, and reporting especially in the areas of compliance and operations.

WaterOutlook streamlines data collection and analytics from multiple sources and reports on operations and compliance without the bias and delays that can be observed in traditional compliance reporting. Comparing multiple data points makes the report findings more rigorous. Cloud-based access and mobile access make WaterOutlook easy to use and cost-effective. Real-time dashboards of regulatory data transfer, protection of archives, best practice auditing and the utilising of technology for data management make WaterOutlook useful to councils and governments as well as corporations.

WHEREWOLF – OTAGO

Wherewolf improves the customer and business experience of adventure tourism with a paperless interface.

Adventure tourism requires medical sign-ins and liability waivers that need to be stored for seven years. Managing this private information mountain and ensuring tour operators and staff are aware of the medical conditions, was difficult and time-consuming. Wherewolf created a tablet interface for digital waivers, pre-arrival check-ins, and sign-ins. The app collates the information and ensures staff have the requisite information on hand. In addition to saving time and cost with data entry and compliance, Wherewolf manages customers and provides a marketing tool for businesses. Wherewolf has data-sourced marketing insights that determine where advertising dollars are best spent for tourist returns.

WORKHERE NEW ZEALAND - LOOKSEE WELLINGTON – AUCKLAND

LookSee Wellington was a marketing project that attracted global tech talent to Wellington to address a tech shortage in the city.

LookSee Wellington was a combination of online portal, targeted publicity, and social media activity in a project to attract top global tech talent to the city of Wellington. A shortage of tech talent in Wellington’s fast-growing IT industry saw the development of this marketing project to put Wellington on the map as a tech destination. Employers took part and real jobs were on offer. Candidates were invited to express their interest, and once the field was narrowed, and refined, a number of candidates were flown all expenses-paid to Wellington for interviews. The LookSee project was supported by a number of industry and government partners and continues to deliver benefits to the tech community in Wellington.

YEALANDS WINE GROUP – HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE SUN – AUCKLAND

Yealands have installed a large solar array on their winery to use renewable energy on a commercial scale.

Yealands have invested in a sustainable and renewable future by installing a large solar array to reduce their carbon footprint and to generate a large percentage of the power needs of their large winery. The long-term investment into sustainability allows Yealands to be competitive in the coming decades. Illustrating that solar power can be harnessed on a commercial scale, Yealands are committed to thinking boldly and treading lightly on our planet.

ZAVY – AUCKLAND

Zavy is a social and digital analytics platform that allows organisations to analyse their online and social media presence and brand building potential.

The Zavy software enables organisations to delve deeply into the analytics of their online presence and to determine the levels of positive and negative public feedback in order to better understand the awareness of their brand and attitudes towards it. Market knowledge allows brands to target their marketing more effectively. Zavy’s proprietary algorithms allow users to compare brand performance against competitors and over time. The software looks at geographical performance as well as age and gender demographics. Zavy allows users a complete picture of their brand performance analytics.

ASANTHA WIJEYERATNE – SIMPLY PAYROLL – WELLINGTON

Originally from Sri Lanka, Asantha Wijeyeratne, is the CEO and co-founder of Simply Payroll. Asantha developed SmartBooks accounting software in the 1990s and Simply Payroll emerged from other developments in 2003. Asantha’s core strengths are his ability to build strong business relationships while retaining strong family-friendly principles. Asantha has also been recognised for his wider community work.

Simply Payroll takes complicated payroll legislation and administration and simplifies it on a mobile app that allows payroll to be processed quickly and easily. Simply Payroll calculates wages, pays staff, sends payslips and reports, and files PAYE in just seconds. Simply Payroll frees up time and reduces costs with their system. Asantha's goal has always been to deliver smart accounting products that simplify life for the small to medium business owner.

HELEN ROBINSON – ORGANIC INITIATIVE (OI) - AUCKLAND

Helen Robinson embarked on a career in banking and technology after leaving school. Helen sits on a number of Boards including the New Zealand Defence Force and Fulbright NZ. Electing to only work with organisations that are ethical, scalable and that aim to do global good, Helen is co-founder of the Organic Initiative (Oi). Oi makes, and distributes, ethically sourced organic cotton feminine hygiene products in the hope of removing plastic and chemicals from sanitary items. Oi also has charitable partners for sanitary product donations to disadvantaged women.

Helen is a keen supporter of young women and believes that New Zealand’s future lies in developing them to their full potential. Helen believes that while we should support and encourage potential, we must also hold people accountable so that business is conducted ethically and according to global values for sustainability for our children’s children.

KATIE HINSEN – BLUE COLLAR POST COLLECTIVE - AUCKLAND

Katie Hinsen is a 20-year veteran of the film industry and has worked all over the world in a wide range of post-production roles. She is considered a world expert in many of the new technologies including 4-8k workflows and likes to work outside the box and at the cutting edge of digital filmmaking.

Katie has been inspired by those who helped her along the way, to give back and has amassed a collective of thousands of industry-working post-production professionals who mentor and support those who are up and coming in post-production. Blue Collar Post Collective runs professional development sessions and online seminars to share their enthusiasm and experience in post-production to the next generations. They are a non-profit collective, with no fees or subscriptions. The value of giving back is at the forefront of what Katie and her Collective aim to do in their industry.

PETER BECK – ROCKET LAB – AUCKLAND

Peter Beck has been the driving force behind Rocket Lab for over eleven years. The CEO and Chief Engineer of Rocket Lab, Peter led the Rocket Lab to be the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space in 2009. Peter initiated the Electron orbital rocket programme in 2013 with the goal of making space accessible to the smaller satellite market. In order to achieve this, Peter has had to establish international treaties and legislation and has created a billion dollar company at the forefront in the industry. Peter Beck is responsible for the birth of New Zealand’s space industry and is changing how we access space now and in the future. The Rocket Lab will enable satellites for weather, Internet, and Search and Rescue to be launched, increasing safety and accuracy for weather and rescue operations.

ERIK ZYDERVELT – MEVO LTD - WELLINGTON

Erik Zydervelt saw city car sharing in operation in a number of countries around the world and was keen to start a similar service in Wellington. The decision to go with electric hybrid cars was both an economic and an environmental one, as the Mevo fleet rolls out with Audi A3 e-tron cars. Erik admires historical figures who had vision that they were prepared to work towards and who persisted against the odds, as well as disruptive thinkers of the current century. Their influence has encouraged Erik to create the Mevo car sharing subscription service in Wellington. Erik hopes to expand the Wellington fleet and then start up his Mevo service in Auckland as well. Erik believes that car sharing schemes ultimately reduce traffic congestion and competition for parking, and are more environmentally-responsible than individual car ownership.

HENRY LANE – CORVECTO – CANTERBURY

Henry Lane is one of the industry leaders delivering Virtual and Augmented Reality training solutions for a variety of industry sectors. Henry’s background in design and delivery of digital projects for entertainment companies such as Disney, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures positioned him to build Corvecto, a global Digital Reality Studio in Canterbury. Corvecto delivers Virtual and Augmented Reality training for aviation, construction, agriculture and medical organisations. If training is dangerous and requires practise, then VR training is ideal for employee professional development, safety, and disaster preparedness on sites. VR training has the benefits of expert advice and best practice models, in a safe, repeatable interactive demonstration that also reports back on employee performance.

Henry was also a founding executive of EPIC Innovation, a collaborative business-housing model that developed out of necessity after the Christchurch earthquake in 2011. The collective partnership model has been so successful that EPIC has expanded and opened a satellite EPIC hub in Westport in 2016. Henry has also joined the faculty of the NASA-based Singularity University as one of their resident experts on Virtual and Augmented Reality applications.

JAREK BEKSA – SONNAR INTERACTIVE – AUCKLAND

Jarek Beksa worked in telecommunications in Poland before taking up Doctorate studies at AUT in New Zealand. The Audio Games that Sonnar Interactive has created were originally part of a proof of concept feasibility study for his thesis, but along the way Jarek discovered that fifty-thousand people were enjoying the audio games, and a company was born. Sonnar Interactive has created game apps for those with impairments that allows them to engage with interactive games. Sonnar’s games can be played, and enjoyed, by sighted and non-sighted players and can be played singly or in multi-player scenarios that allow disabled people to engage with others around the world. Sonnar Interactive has been garnering international interest and recognition with its suite of high quality games for those with vision impairments.

JODY BURRELL, BOP MURDOCH AND SARAH TUCK – COLIBERATE – WELLINGTON

The three co-founders of CoLiberate, Jody Burrell, Bop Murdoch and Sarah Tuck, have pursued a vision of social innovation together, and believe that being honest inspires others to be courageous about breaking the silence around mental health. CoLiberate focuses on mental health and wellness, encouraging people to work on issues, to seek out support, and to develop their resilience on a regular basis, before things escalate to a mental health crisis. CoLiberate have also developed support programmes for workplaces, who want to ensure that their staff enjoy a more supportive environment. Jody, Bop and Sarah are theatrical professionals who saw the value in using a range of movement and acting techniques to help those who were struggling with their lives and emotions. The CoLiberate team have been providing help to all who need it for over a year, and are fuelled by the transformative benefits they see as clients demonstrate greater resilience and optimism.

SAMANTHA JONES – LITTLE YELLOW BIRD – WELLINGTON

Samantha Jones is the founder and CEO of Little Yellow Bird, a manufacturer of ethical uniforms and corporate workwear. Samantha gained degrees in Commerce and International Security, and worked as a Logistics Officer with the Air Force, before starting Little Yellow Bird. Samantha was an expert in supply chains who had a goal to assist people in developing countries with Fair Trade business. As a company, Little Yellow Bird focuses on conscious consumption and ensures that everything is sourced ethically and at a fair price. The company repurposes and recycles everything to ensure a low carbon footprint. Little Yellow Bird has a focus on sustainability and transparency through the supply chain and manufacturing process that reassures customers. Samantha has been a guest motivational speaker at many seminars throughout the year and inspires with her focus on sustainability and ethical design, manufacture and distribution.

SHAY WRIGHT – TE WHARE HUKAHUKA – AUCKLAND

Shay Wright (Te Rarawa, Ngaruahine, Ngati Ruanui) is the co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka and leads the development and the delivery of the Ka Eke Poutama Programme, encouraging the development of Māori leadership. Shay hopes to empower Māori business leaders to pursue opportunities that will bring pride, employment and well-being to Māori communities. Shay’s experience in entrepreneurship, education, Māori development and community economics has helped shape the strategic planning of a number of organisations including Maori trusts. Te Whare Hukahuka has run training sessions on governance and strategic planning for Maori business leaders for a number of years, with a goal of combining innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to the fast-growing Maori economy.

Shay’s contributions to Maori leadership also extend to education, as a founding trustee of TeachFirst NZ. Shay sits on the Kahui Maori for the Science for Technological Innovation Challenge, and he also helped develop Callaghan Innovation’s Maori Engagement Strategy. Shay’s dedication and leadership abilities have been recognised with a recent ministerial appointment to the Maori Economic Development Advisory Board.

2DEGREES – DATA HUNT – AUCKLAND

The 2degrees Data Hunt was an Augmented Reality app that allowed customers to ‘capture’ more data during the summer, and strengthened perceptions of 2degrees data coverage.

The 2degrees summer competition, Data Hunt, engaged customers with an Augmented Reality game that allowed them to catch data bundles in a game similar to Pokemon Go. Instant data credits were awarded instantly through a back-end billing infrastructure. The Data Hunt increased smartphone sales, and changed the perception that 2degrees did not have as much network coverage as other telecommunication companies. The Data Hunt increased market share and customer engagement, with five million plays over the summer months when seasonal data usage increases. Data Hunt enabled a marketing outcome that was more successful and more cost effective than traditional advertising.

AIR NEW ZEALAND – CUSTOMER INNOVATION PROGRAMME – AUCKLAND

Air New Zealand have introduced a range of technology innovations to improve customer service and satisfaction.

Air New Zealand have harnessed technology to create a range of customer care services. These include a personalised Inflight Entertainment system to allow customers to order beverages and food, to chat with other passengers or to purchase duty free items. The system retains preferences for future journeys and queries can be answered by an AI chatbot. Lounge customers can automatically order coffee when they enter, reducing frustrating queues. The Airband™ for child passengers has also enhanced security for unaccompanied minors. Air New Zealand is constantly innovating customer care and interaction to ensure their passengers feel valued.

ALLIANCE GROUP – THE OMEGA LAMB PROJECT – SOUTHLAND

The Omega Lamb Project has selectively bred the Te Mana Lamb, with micro-marbling of intramuscular fat for a superior flavour and cooking versatility.

Te Mana Lamb has been developed as part of The Omega Lamb Project, and is the result of transformational thinking about the end-product. Selective breeding, studies of types of pasture feed and grazing, and geographical environment have led to the development of a lamb with micro-marbling of Omega-3 fats through the lean muscle. The result is a flavoursome meat product with increased cooking versatility, improved texture and lower odour. Te Mana Lamb is reinvigorating the market for New Zealand lamb, both locally and internationally.

ANTEATER – PREMIUM EDIBLE INSECTS – CANTERBURY

Anteater aims to mainstream the consumption of premium edible insect protein as an environmentally sustainable alternative to meat products.

Anteater focuses on sustainable food products such as edible insects. Insect protein is environmentally-responsible as it uses less land, less water, emits fewer greenhouse gases and contains calcium, zinc, iron, and Omega fatty acids while being low in saturated fats. Anteater aims to mainstream the edible insect protein market through the use of marketing and by partnering with high-end restaurants who are leaders in the hospitality industry. Anteater’s research suggests that if one person substituted one beef-based meal per week with an insect-based meal, they would free up 150 square metres of land every year.


ARANZ GEO – LEAPFROG 3D GEOLOGICAL MODELLING SOFTWARE – CANTERBURY

ARANZ Geo’s Leapfrog software provides 3D geological modelling for geoengineering projects around the world.

ARANZ Geo’s Leapfrog 3D geological modelling software for the mining, civil and environmental and renewable energy industries. The 3D models and visualisations improve geological understanding and enables critical time-sensitive decisions that reduce risk, cost and time. Tunnel construction, geothermal engineering, mining and other projects are all benefitting from ARANZ Geo’s Leapfrog software, increasing safety and reducing costs for large scale projects. Complex data is underpinned with geological understanding to establish where to excavate, and to identify stable geology up to 400 metres underground, in a fraction of the time that calculations used to take. ARANZ Geo’s Leapfrog software is being used in numerous countries, including Finland, where Leapfrog is helping determine safe locations for nuclear waste disposal.

ATTITUDELIVE – AUCKLAND

Attitude has created a platform of curated video content about living with disability that is a forum for individuals, families and carers.

Attitude is a multi-media company focusing on creating content for, and about, disability that makes life with a disability visible, and real. The disabled community is broader than the individuals, it also affects families, carers, communities, health professionals and government departments. Better awareness of the realities of life with a disability is important when promoting opportunity, inclusion and equality. The videos show a broad range of experiences of the way life can be lived with a disability. The Attitude platform has closed captions, dyslexic-friendly typography, and screen-reader ability. Attitude is interactive, user-friendly, and allows people to connect as well as find information and resources.

AVALIA IMMUNOTHERAPIES – SYNTHETIC VACCINES – WELLINGTON

Avalia Immunotherapies develops vaccines that activate powerful immune cells in order to treat diseases.

Avalia Immunotherapies is an immuno-oncology company that develops vaccines that activate a family of immune cells called ‘Natural Killer T-Cells’ (NKT Cells) to trigger a powerful immune response to treat, and prevent, disease. Avalia focuses on therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV), as the available prophylactic vaccines are ineffective against existing infections, and existing pre-cancer treatments are unsuitable for many individuals or lapse after a couple of years. Avalia triggers longer term anti-tumour immune responses in patients, making it more effective than other options. In many cases, HPV can be killed off by the body’s own natural immune response, and Avalia enhances that ability.

BFW INNOVATIONS – THE ORIGINAL MATTRESS ELEVATOR – OTAGO

The Original Mattress Elevator is a simple device that lifts a heavy mattress to assist the elderly or disabled with tucking in sheets and safely making beds.

The Original Mattress Elevator has specially designed inflatable tubes that fit between the mattress and base, allowing users to raise and lower mattress edges to enable bed-making to be undertaken safely. Easy to fit to all sized beds, it has a remote control and a specially designed pump. Suitable for the elderly or disabled who have difficulty lifting heavy mattresses when bed-making. Early tests indicate that the Original Mattress Elevator may also help reposition patients, manually or automatically during the day or night, in order to prevent bedsores, but this function is still being studied and further developed. The Original Mattress Elevator increases independence and has benefits for the health and aged care sectors.

BURNSAFE NZ – DISPOSAL OF LANDMINES AND UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE – WELLINGTON

Burnsafe has created devices that safely neutralise unexploded landmines and ordnance without the use of explosives.

War zones have a humanitarian crisis in dealing with landmines and unexploded ordnance that often injure or kill civilians. Exploding them on site is damaging, and using armoured vehicles to relocate them safely is dangerous and costly. Burnsafe NZ have an alternative method, a non-explosive way of safely disposing of unexploded ordnance in situ. Repurposing century-old German welding technology, Burnsafe have created specially designed containers that burn and produce molten iron that melts the casing and burns out explosive content without exploding the device. The Burnsafe devices are safe, easy to use, can be transported by air, and do not contain hazardous materials.

COLIBERATE - NOURISH YOUR MIND – WELLINGTON

CoLiberate have created a programme of mental health self-care and support to regularly empower people to take control of their own stress and mental health.

CoLiberate has its origins in the theatre exercises used to build trust and to support acting vulnerability on stage. CoLiberate applied these principles to mental health care, and developed a programme to encourage people to regularly exercise their own mental health self-care before getting to the point of crisis. CoLiberate applies the principles of going to the gym to mental health and encourages people to strengthen their self-support. CoLiberate has also partnered with a psychologist to create a workplace Mental Resilience & Emotional First Aid programme.


CORE EDUCATION – INVENTIONATOR – AUCKLAND

Core Education’s iNVENTIONATOR is a programme that creates a challenge for students to sample disruptive thinking, problem solving and pitching an invention.

Core Education takes teachers and students through a multi-phase process to understand the disruptive thinking that the iNVENTIONATOR encourages. Students then draw on educational and business methods, adaptive learning, creative and critical thinking skills to generate inventive concepts. They develop these concepts as a team and have an opportunity to pitch their inventions for a chance of a prize in the final phase. Core Education’s iNVENTIONATOR is encouraging innovation and disruptive thinking in young kiwi minds.

CORVECTO – VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING SOLUTIONS – CANTERBURY

Corvecto uses Virtual Reality technology to deliver Training, Health and Safety to a range of industries.

Virtual Reality technology is ideal for training people to use complex or hazardous equipment, especially where training might be unsafe in the real world. Like flight simulators, learning in Virtual Reality allows for repetition and rehearsal before trying the real thing. Corvecto is delivering safe and cost-effective Virtual and Augmented Reality training solutions for a wide range of industries. Virtual Reality training allows employees to learn how to handle disasters or specialised equipment while Virtual Surgery allows a medical student to make a mistake without consequences for the patient. Learning through doing allows for greater retention and understanding of skills, and Corvecto also has performance metrics and reporting for training evaluations.

CREAM – AUCKLAND

Cream connects perishable food supply chain industries in a Cloud-based e-commerce environment.

Food supplies need rapid distribution and sales models and Cream has e-commerce platforms that aim to revolutionise the sales process within these perishable food industries. Cream offers secure data access, transparency and flexibility on live sales. Supply chains of perishable nutritional products is becoming increasingly important and Cream assists buyers and sellers in maintaining provenance records on foodstuffs. Cream increases efficiency, decreases complexity for users, and reduces costs, while also gathering data to help target markets and to analyse consumer habits.

CRIMSON EDUCATION – AUCKLAND

Crimson Education offers personalised tutoring with experts in their fields, allowing students to interact online with those who are foremost in their subject.

Crimson Education personalises the mentoring and tutoring experience by matching students with experts in the subject field, allowing students to reach higher potential. Students can be guided through support programmes that are transformative and multi-years, unlocking student potential from school to University. The mentoring also covers leadership development, extracurricular activities, academic guidance and University counselling. Crimson assists students in finding their pathway from school to the University course of their choice. Crimson opens opportunities for students to access global education and academic opportunities.

DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS – SMARTSTART – WELLINGTON

The Department of Internal Affairs has developed SmartStart as an access point for information for new parents.

The aim of SmartStart is to make it easier for new parents to access information and services when they have a baby. The SmartStart portal provides advice about pregnancy, birth and parenting, and access to government services. The portal information can be applied to other services. SmartStart is the first of cross-agency initiatives planned to improve access to government services for Kiwis during critical life events. SmartStart drew from agency partners and advisors from non-government organisations such as Plunket and the New Zealand College of Midwives to develop a service with a broad scope and best practise. Cloud-based and open-source meant SmartStart had a lean, cost-effective platform development.

DOTTEREL TECHNOLOGIES – AUCKLAND

Dotterel Technologies develops audio filtering and quieter drone technology for a wide range of industry applications.

Dotterel Technology develops noise reduction and audio enablement technology for drones, through adaptations to propeller designs and materials, as well as enhancing noise- cancelling and audio filtering technology. Sound absorption, directional shrouding for noise dispersing, and modifications to propeller edge design have led to quieter drone flight. Dotterel has simultaneously focused on noise-cancellation of propeller sounds, while enhancing the filtering on audio-recordings made by the drone in real-time. The technology is utilised in both consumer and commercial scale drones for uses in cinematography, conservation, security, defence, delivery logistics and other industries.

ECOBAGS NZ – NO TO PLASTIC BAGS, YES TO COMPOSTABLE – AUCKLAND

EcoBags NZ have produced a wide range of environmentally-responsible plastic-free compostable bin liners and carry bags.

EcoBags NZ have developed a wide range of plastic free compostable range of bin liners and carry bags, that are suitable for household and commercial use. Plastic takes centuries to break down and the manufacture process releases harmful chemicals. Compostable alternatives are the way forward for a sustainable future. EcoBags are certified to strict international standards and are made from natural starch-based polymers derived from corn and personalised with eco-friendly water-based printing inks. Ecobags could result in a huge reduction in plastic bag rubbish going into landfills.

ECOSTORE – AUCKLAND

Ecostore’s environmentally-responsible products for the home now come in bottles made from sugarcane.

Ecostore offers home cleaning products that are environmentally-responsible, from ingredient sourcing to packaging and distribution. Ecostore has a commitment to water optimisation, reductions in energy use and waste, and in renewable formats. New Ecostore containers are made from sugarcane-based Carbon Capture Pak bottles in order to be more sustainable and to reduce the carbon footprint of manufacture, compared to plastic. Carbon Capture Pak bottles draw carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reversing greenhouse gas climate damage. Ecostore continue to be committed to giving customers environmentally-responsible choices for their homes.

EDPOTENTIAL – WELLINGTON

EdPotential is a Cloud-based data analytics programme for assessment data in schools.

EdPotential has developed complex algorithms and data analysis capability to allow schools to reach their full potential in analysing assessment data and student achievement. Greater understanding of student performance allows schools to better target solutions for student improvement. Analysis can also save time compared to manual entry results analysis, and can personalise and enhance teaching practice. EdPotential produces reports, targeted subject analytics, individual and class summaries and student tracking over time. EdPotential has research and development backing from Victoria University.

FIRE AND EMERGENCY NEW ZEALAND – ESCAPE MY HOUSE – WELLINGTON

Fire and Emergency NZ’s safety education, using interactive tools and videos, to motivate householders to plan escape routes in the event of a house fire.

Escape My House is an interactive 360 degree experience that takes place inside a real house fire. The Virtual Reality experience is accompanied with planning tools for making a fire escape plan for your own household. The Escape Planner Tool allows householders to walk around their homes with a phone that helps them identify barriers and safety hazards. The tool sends automated practice reminders to encourage people to hold fire drills at home. Fire safety is something many householders are complacent about, and Escape My House is doubling the numbers of people making a fire safety plan for their families. Escape My House is also receiving international interest from fire departments around the world.


FIRSTCHECK – TARANAKI

FirstCheck allows patients to check and map their moles and skin lesions from home with software that allows doctors to check for skin cancer remotely.

The early identification and monitoring of pre-cancerous moles and skin lesions is imperative for better outcomes for patients. FirstCheck allows mapping and monitoring for melanoma to be taken into the patient’s own hands. FirstCheck’s software allows patients to buy affordable SkinScope™ dermoscopes, in order to check for skin cancer and send images to virtual doctors for analysis and diagnosis. Virtual consults are possible because of the FirstCheck combination of software and dermoscopy.

FISHER AND PAYKEL HEALTHCARE – OPTIFLOW JUNIOR 2 – AUCKLAND

Fisher and Paykel’s Optiflow Junior 2 is a nasal cannula designed for premature babies in respiratory distress.

The Optiflow Junior 2 is a nasal cannula for neonates and premature babies that is used for respiratory support. The nasal prong design and new Waveflex™ technology used in the Optiflow Junior 2 have been developed to improve care by making the cannula more comfortable and more adaptive to a baby’s movement, feeding ability, and bathing requirements. Flow simulation and prototyping were used to optimise the internal geometry of the nasal cannula to maintain maximum flow and therapy delivery in even the smallest neonates, from 23 weeks’ gestation. The Optiflow Junior 2 is easier to use by parents and medical staff, and improves patient outcomes because it is less invasive than CPAP or intubation.

FISHER AND PAYKEL HEALTHCARE – OPTIFLOW JUNIOR THERAPY GROWTH & PRODUCT PREFERENCE – AUCKLAND

Fisher and Paykel’s Optiflow Junior 2 has been successfully marketed to a conservative medical profession.

Fisher and Paykel believed that their Optiflow Junior 2 nasal cannula for neonates and premature babies with new Waveflex™ technology would improve outcomes for premature babies, but convincing the conservative medical profession would be the key. The marketing plan included demonstrations and clinician lectures at medical conferences, and documentary videos of expert clinicians discussing Optiflow Junior its effectiveness in their practice. The website demonstrated the ease and simplicity of fitting the nasal cannula for nursing staff and parents, and interactive clinical sales presentations on tablets were used as a tool to present clinical and product benefits in an engaging manner for hospital staff.

FIX AND FOGG – WORLD’S BEST PEANUT BUTTER – WELLINGTON

Fix and Fogg aim to make the healthiest and best peanut butter.

Fix and Fogg have established a fast-growing peanut butter business from a Wellington retail outlet and have their sights set on conquering New York with their healthy product. America is the home of peanut butter, but the market is dominated by low quality, sugary versions. Fix and Fogg produce a healthy peanut butter that is free of sugars, palm oil, preservatives, emulsifiers and additives. Fix and Fogg plan to break into the US market through an alley store in order to make it a destination brand sought after by trendsetters, and those in the ‘know’. Using their Wellington shop as a template, they hope to create a marketing focal point that will engage customers with their brand story and healthier choice product.

FLEXIMAP – AUCKLAND

FlexiMap is a new clinical solution for detection of gastric dysrhythmias that are associated with a number of stomach disorders.

The movement of the stomach is controlled by bio-electrical contractions. Abnormalities are called gastric dysrhythmias and contribute to gastric dysfunctions and disorders. FlexiMap has partnered with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the University of Auckland’s Department of Surgery to create a system that uses flexible medical sensor arrays coupled with custom hardware and software to provide accurate diagnoses. FlexiMap is a breakthrough in clinical gastrointestinal practice that will improve early detection of gastric dysrhythmias.

FLICK ELECTRIC CO. – WELLINGTON

Flick Electric Co. has disrupted the electricity supply model by giving consumers the tools to switch their usage based on price and demand.

Flick Electric Co. has developed a disruptive retail model, through the use of proprietary technology and customer tools, that allows for the purchase of wholesale market electricity in real time. Flick Electric Co breaks down customer bills and allows consumers to track their usage and spending while saving the average household hundreds of dollars per annum. The app, CHOICE, also gives consumers information about the carbon impact of the electricity they are sourcing so that they can make environmentally conscious decisions about their consumption and usage.

FLUENTIQ – TEST CENTER – CANTERBURY

FluentIQ tests real world communication in English, allowing employers and recruiters better access to global talent for local markets.

The FluentIQ technology platform automatically assesses a person’s real world English communication fluency over Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing skill sets. Automated testing of English communication skills opens avenues for global talent to be considered by employers and recruiters. The FluentIQ certification can serve as a language ‘passport’ for potential employees applying for positions where bias may have traditionally rejected them. Diversity in the workforce is beneficial for businesses. FluentIQ is automated so the cost of administering tests is lower, and FluentIQ has metrics for individual team fit analytics to aid the recruitment process.


FONTERRA CO-OPERATIVE GROUP – PROTEIN INGREDIENT MPC4867 – AUCKLAND

Consumer interest in high-protein foods has led to the Fonterra development of an improved protein ingredient to enhance flavour while reducing harmful by-products.

Greek yoghurt is a popular high-protein dairy product, but the production of it is intensive and it produces a high level of acidic whey as a by-product. Fortifying Greek yoghurt with protein ingredients to reduce acid whey alters the flavour profile. Fonterra undertook the development of a novel protein ingredient that overcomes any flavour and texture defects while developing cultures that creates high-protein Greek yoghurt that is more environmentally-responsible. Fonterra has used Protein Ingredient MPC4867 to create superior Greek yoghurt products and maximise product yield.

FONTERRA CO-OPERATIVE GROUP – VITAMIN D MEASUREMENT – MANAWATU, WANGANUI

Vitamin D is an important micronutrient that has been traditionally difficult to measure in foods, so Fonterra has developed a new method for Vitamin D analysis.

Accurate measuring of Vitamin D content in food and infant formula is essential but has been time-consuming, unreliable and challenging in the past. Fonterra has developed a safer, quicker, more accurate method for Vitamin D analysis. The new method is simple and precise and reduces the solvent used per test, which makes it more environmentally-responsible. Fonterra has shared this method to a number of global laboratories who are also using it as an accurate low-cost standard for Vitamin D measurement and analysis.

FORSITE – AUCKLAND

ForSite is a digital geo-fenced Health and Safety management app that minimises risks when contractors are working on construction sites.

Health and Safety legislation and liability have changed and it is important to ensure workplace safety is taken seriously. ForSite provides a digital solution for construction sites that ensure that all contractors are aware of Health and Safety procedures and on-site hazards. When a contractor comes on site, the app alerts them to the site dangers and they have to sign to demonstrate awareness of them. The sign in and out processes also help keep track of contractors on site and analyses where efficiencies can be made. Construction site manager achieve a high level of compliance, without the paperwork, with ForSite.

FULCRUM - THE FULCRUM HUB – AUCKLAND

Fulcrum Hub software sits alongside an organisation’s existing software, but improves efficiency in data mining and collates a better understanding of customer behaviour.

Managing customer growth and retention in a large corporate organisation can be difficult with variables that can be difficult to collate. Fulcrum Hub is a low cost option that sits alongside existing systems and improves the efficiency of information gathering and data analytics, thereby removing complexity, automating data flows, personalising customer experiences, improving decision-making, and saving time and money. Fulcrum improves an organisation’s relationship with their customer base and increases customer retention and growth.

FULTON HOGAN – VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING – CANTERBURY

Fulton Hogan has developed a Virtual Reality hands-on training procedure for the construction industry to reduce risk to employees.

Training and development in the construction industry can be dangerous but hazards need to be identified and employees need to safely manage any problems. In order to avoid exposing employees to hazards, Fulton Hogan has used Corvotech to create a Virtual Reality programme to train staff in managing risks and understanding damage control. Virtual Reality has been used to create ‘The Bitumen Boil Out Procedure’ application, using experts in the field, health and safety legislation, and Fulton Hogan training and professional development guidelines. This makes it safer for employees, while ensuring a more experienced workforce, familiar with hazard control and recommended procedures.

GEOZONE – CANTERBURY

GeoZone uses GPS data from a range of travel apps to analyse the movement and behaviour of independent tourists in NZ.

GeoZone collects data from a network of GPS-enabled travel apps with personalised branding from partner companies. The apps assist tourists in finding accommodation, activities, rental vehicles and route planning. By analysing the tourist GPS data, and data on credit card spending, GeoZone can identify trends, make recommendations, and better personalise the traveller experience as well as improving local marketing to independent tourists. Understanding travel patterns in regional New Zealand helps central and local government to develop tourism destinations. GeoZone also provides safety and emergency assistance for tourists. During the Kaikoura earthquake, GeoZone delivered 3,000 notifications to tourists located within one kilometre of the coastline advising them of the tsunami warning.

GREEN SPOT TECHNOLOGIES – AUCKLAND

Green Spot Technologies creates specialised gluten-free, high-protein flours from biowaste from the juicing industry.

Green Spot aims for environment sustainability and social well-being through the use of natural resources to provide consumers with nutritionally balanced fermented food products. By-products of the juicing process are usually waste, but Green Spot has a process that ferments and uses the waste to create a unique Functional Flour that is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-glycaemic, low-fat, high protein, GMO-free and naturally rich in vitamins, essential minerals, omega fatty acids, and prebiotics. The conversion of the low value substrates into high value-added food products allows Green Spot to competitively enter the worldwide market for functional and gluten-free flours.


HAKA TOURISM GROUP – AN INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODEL – AUCKLAND

Haka Tourism are vertically integrating and managing the tourist experience by providing accommodation as well as educational and activity experiences in a niche market.

Haka Tourism provides guided tours, and educational activities, and is expanding its business model by providing accommodation as well. In order to have full quality control and management of positive tourist experiences, Haka Tourism have been building Haka Lodges and Apartments around New Zealand. The Haka accommodation integrates fully with the activity tourism and utilises specialist staff expertise across the whole group. By diversifying seasonal activities, Haka Tourism is also less sensitive to market changes.

HALTER – AUCKLAND

Halter Ltd is a solar-powered cow collar that allows for virtual herding and stock management.

Halter Ltd has designed and produced a GPS-enabled, solar-powered cow collar that uses sound stimuli to manage cow health and movement. Halter links tablets and Smartphones allowing farmers to direct individual cow or whole herd movements. Controlling cattle location allows for controlled sustainable grazing and effortless herding for milking and paddock movement or drafting. The collar also monitors individual cow health, and alerts farmers to any concerns. A time-saving practical and analytic innovation that can support other agricultural technology and has the potential to transform grass-fed livestock industries.

HIAKAI – WELLINGTON

Hiakai creates pop-up dining experiences that both educate and hero Māori cuisine and cooking techniques.

Hiakai means to be hungry or having a craving for food. Hiakai explores Māori ingredients, cooking techniques and traditional food combinations in new pop-up modern dining experiences. Hiakai hosts intimate Māori dining experiences that allow guests to learn about the processes involved in Māori cooking techniques, and to learn more about the adaptive nature of Māori crop–growing and cuisine. Hiakai hopes to encourage an interest in Māori cuisine and to generate a revival amongst young Māori chefs to utilise their cultural heritage in cooking.

HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT NZ (HPSNZ) - INNOVATION PROGRAMME- AUCKLAND

High Performance Sport NZ works with Goldmine to create electronic training equipment that allows athletes to improve performance with advice from top coaches and sports professionals.

High performance athletes are competing with the top sportspeople in their fields and this programme combines electronic analysis of movement and equipment to refine sports performance down to the microsecond. This is paired with access to international coaches and technique analysts to ensure that athletes are getting the best input into their performances. Optimising the customised training interventions improves outcomes and makes this a highly effective sports performance programme.


HUAWEI NEW ZEALAND – TE REO MĀORI SMARTPHONE – AUCKLAND

Huawei have created the first Smartphones to offer Te Reo Māori as a standardised language option for users.

In consultation with Māori leaders and with the Auckland University of Technology, Huawei have created the first Smartphones to offer Te Reo Māori as a standard language option. With the Huawei P10 or P10 Plus, users can opt for a fully Māori device or a bilingual keyboard. The Te Reo Māori option has been extended to all Huawei tablets in the New Zealand market as well. Huawei has invested in domestic business with this development towards Huawei’s market share in New Zealand.

IMAKE – THE GRAINFATHER – AUCKLAND

The Imake Grainfather is a user-friendly home brewing system that allows home brewers to make authentic craft beers from grains rather than extracts.

The craft beer movement created a home brewer demand for brewing from authentic ingredients instead of kit extracts. The Grainfather is highly technical at automating the brewing processes, but user-friendly enough to be fun for the home brewer. The affordable Grainfather system and app allows for the use of raw and organic ingredients and greater experimentation with taste and process by the home brewer. Commercial grade personalised craft beer can now be made at home with the Grainfather.

KAMI – AUCKLAND

Kami provides a suite of digital tools that encourage interactivity while also enabling schools to go paperless, saving time and money.

Kami is an EdTech start-up that provides digital tools for document annotation and editing tools to enable interactivity and collaboration while also helping schools to become paperless. Kami moves schools and classrooms from a reliance on paper-based materials to a more environmentally-responsible digital format. Kami also enriches student learning with online educational resources, such as e-books, online worksheets, all in a user-friendly app. Kami is fully integrated with the Google suite of products allowing students to finish work at home and automatically sync. Kami comes with video, audio, text and voice-to-text tools to enable teachers and students to work effectively together.

LEVNO – SENSOR AND DATA TECHNOLOGY – MANAWATU, WANGANUI

Levno has developed a milk vat monitoring system that identifies any problems before costly damage is done to milk products.

Levno has created a system that monitors milk vat volume, temperature, cooler efficiency, and stirrer status and alerts farmers to any problems via a user-friendly dashboard. Diagnosing milk system issues early reduces costly damage or wastage of milk products. Levno leases the technology to the farmers, reducing the uptake and maintenance costs while allowing Levno to support the farmer through the term of their subscription to the service. Levno’s sensor and dashboard optimise productivity and reduce waste.

LINEWIZE – CLASSWIZE – CANTERBURY

Linewize provides teachers with a dashboard that provides complete visibility and control over student internet usage in the classroom.

Linewize has developed an internet management service for schools that reduces the IT manager requirement and allows classroom teachers greater visibility and control over student usage. Linewize has rolled out in a number of New Zealand schools as well as schools in America and Botswana. Linewize allows teacher to monitor and control student web and app usage during class using a simple dashboard control. Linewize also allows teachers to view Chromebook screens, assist students who need help, reward students who are on-task and re-engage distracted students with immediate feedback on undesired behaviour. Linewize allows teachers to monitor all devices in a classroom including student mobile phones.

LITTLE YELLOW BIRD – ETHICALLY MADE CORPORATE WORKWEAR – WELLINGTON

Little Yellow Bird produces ethical corporate workwear with sustainability and visibility throughout the supply chain and manufacturing process.

Little Yellow Bird is a uniform and merchandise supplier with the vision of improving social and environmental sustainability throughout the garment supply chain. From farmer to designer to garment makers, the supply chain is transparent and environmentally and socially responsible. Fair Trade organic cotton, factory certification and a commitment to zero waste initiatives and ethical employment mean that Little Yellow Bird products can be trusted. Working with repurposing partners, Little Yellow Birds ensures all waste garments are recycled rather than becoming part of a landfill.

MANGO TEQ – REYEDR HUD – AUCKLAND

The REYEDR device attaches to motorcycle helmets and turns them into a Heads-Up Display (HUD) for safety, navigation and social interaction on the road.

Mango teQ Limited develops Augmented Reality (AR) technology into smart eyewear solutions. The REYEDR Heads-Up Display (HUD) attaches to motorcycle helmets and shows speed, navigation, caller ID and more, using holographic technology to display a virtual image at infinite focus to work with the rider’s natural line of sight. The device makes it safer for riders as they do not have to take their eyes off the road to look down at speed dials, the device is geo-connected and can also alert emergency services in case of an accident. The REYEDR HUD also allows for a more social experience with riders in groups, and can be retrofitted to any full face motorcycle helmet.

MARINE FLEX – ELASTIC MOORING – MARLBOROUGH, NELSON & TASMAN

Marine Flex is a sustainable marine mooring system made from polymers that resist corrosion and do less environmental damage than current metal chains.

Marine Flex is an advanced mooring system that is constructed with ultra-high polymer corrosion-resistant plastics and natural rubber products that are long-lasting and require little maintenance. It does less damage to the environment than traditional metal chains and has benefits for marine and aquaculture industries. The Marine Flex Mooring can withstand severe weather conditions and safely resists wave motion with controlled elongation and return, without harsh whiplash action, due to a pre-tensioning design with progressive resistance that substantially reduces movement. Traditional metal chains rust and cause environmental damage, while the Marine Flex unit is simple to install, easy to service, and uses half the length usually required by metal chains.

MARS BIOIMAGING – CANTERBURY

MARS Bioimaging has developed a spectral CT scanner that produces colour x-ray images with less radiation and lower costs than traditional CT scanning.

MARS Bioimaging has developed diagnostic imaging that quantifies molecular and anatomic elements and compounds and creates colour images at a fraction of the cost, time and radiation doses of traditional CT scanning. CT scans show structural information but the MARS Bioimaging provides 3-D molecular information about tissues. The preclinical scanner has produced outstanding results in molecular images of tumours, atherosclerosis, arthritic cartilage or drug delivery. Normal black and white CT scans cannot distinguish between different tissue densities, but the Medipix detector chip in the MARS scanner can make those distinctions, making it a better diagnostic tool. MARS Bioimaging can also assess levels of fat, water and inflammation, which aids in differentiating between cancer and normal fatty lumps.


MASSEY UNIVERSITY WELLINGTON – THE DESIGN+DEMOCRACY PROJECT – WELLINGTON

The Design+Democracy Project explores how to get young people engaged in the political process.

The aim of the Design+Democracy Project is to get young people to engage with political processes, and make them informed, confident participants when choosing their government representatives. Social design has the potential to reverse the downward trend of civic participation by young people. The Project has developed online tools that engage young people in local body and general elections with the aim of increasing voter turnout. The Design+Democracy Project has created gamified apps such as On The Fence, Ask Away and Vote Local, which allow young voters to align their personal values with political candidates or parties. Encouraging early voting habits ensures a democratic future for New Zealand.


MCCARTHY FINCH – AUCKLAND

McCarthyFinch is an entity that plans to increase access to affordable legal advice through artificial intelligence.

Legal services are out of reach for many New Zealanders because of the high cost of legal advice. McCarthyFinch has developed an artificial intelligence that answers basic legal questions, reviews documents, and translates jargon. The technology assists law firms by reducing their costs and improving time usage on ancillary tasks. McCarthyFinch aims to democratise access to legal services for the average person who is unable to pursue legitimate legal help due to cost, or confusion over rights. Legal advisors oversee more difficult cases, but the majority of queries can be addressed automatically. McCarthyFinch does not cover criminal law, but assists with general law queries and documents.

METIA INTERACTIVE – TĀKARO – AUCKLAND

Tākaro is an interactive platform for young New Zealanders, especially Māori, to learn coding concepts through gameplay.

Tākaro introduces young people to coding concepts and systems thinking through hands-on gameplay environments with educational outcomes. The interactive gaming is set in a Virtual world and involves cognitive skills, spatial awareness, problem solving, pattern recognition and critical thinking. The users learn the principles of coding and construction techniques to create within this virtual world. Tākaro supports users to increase their confidence in the use of technology and to manipulate and create content, from a Māori perspective that is user-friendly for all.

MEVO – ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON DEMAND – WELLINGTON

Mevo Ltd has developed an app that allows for the shared usage of fleets of electric cars in city centres.

Mevo provides an alternative to private car ownership by having a membership scheme for car-sharing a fleet of electric vehicles in city centres. The Mevo app can be used to locate, book, and unlock the vehicle. Shared usage of cars reduces traffic congestion and the underutilisation of vehicle assets, while the environmentally-friendly hybrid electric cars reduce carbon emissions in cities. Members save money without the hassles of car ownership. Mevo is also targeting councils to adopt their model to reduce council overheads.

MODERN MĀORI QUARTET – AUCKLAND

The Modern Māori Quartet is a showband that blends old and new music with humour and harmonies.

In the tradition of showbands of old, but with an update, the Modern Māori Quartet blends music, charisma, humour and harmonies to create kiwi entertainment for the local and global markets. Singing in English and Te Reo Māori, the Modern Māori Quartet draws on traditional cultural influences and mixes them up with a range of music to present inter-generational audiences with a slick and entertaining show. Modern Māori Quartet have become a commercial entertainment company in their own right with transmedia applications and a team of managers, partners and collaborators.

MOXION – AUCKLAND

Moxion provides a platform for filmmaker teams to review and comment on footage online.

Digital filmmaking has come a long way since the use of film stock and processing. Real time logging of raw footage and meta-data on Moxion allows film-making teams to access footage and make notes or check continuity quickly. There are cost-savings through greater efficiency, especially when team members are geographically distant from the film location. Department heads can access footage virtually in real time to check the on-set activity and can help avoid costly pick-ups and continuity errors. Moxion footage can be viewed on any device, and can be downloaded for offline review. The digital asset meta-data also reduces many of the manual processes involved in filmmaking and editing.

MYOVOLT – WEARABLE VIBRATION THERAPY – CANTERBURY

Myovolt is a lightweight, easily applied, wearable vibrational therapy device to aid recovery from muscle injuries.

Myovolt is a wearable electronic device for sports and fitness consumers designed to enhance the performance and enable faster recovery of muscles by delivering Localised Vibration Therapy (LVT) directly to the affected area. Myovolt directly treats muscles, soft tissue and joints, thereby increasing circulation, flexibility, range of movement and relieving soreness. Myovolt delivers vibrations at a frequency that is known to medically benefit muscle tissue, and provides physiotherapy that is easily self-applied. Developed by leading experts with Olympic athlete and elite sports team experience, Myovolt is lightweight, comfortable, affordable and simple to use.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK – WAIKATO

Off the Beaten Track aims to connect people with authentic kiwi experiences in unspoiled rural locations.

Off the Beaten Track connects lovers of the outdoors and rural experiences with privately owned farms and venues. Rural tourism allows landowners to diversify their incomes and to share the beauty of their landscapes with those seeking an authentic farm or remote rural experience. Off the Beaten Track connects domestic and international travellers with owners of beautiful environments for holidays and getaways on lands that would not usually be available to the public.

ONGUARD GROUP – SEISMIC SYSTEMS – CANTERBURY

Onguard is an anti-earthquake anchoring technology for liquid storage tanks.

Onguard's seismic anchoring technology uses a unique design to protect liquid storage tanks and their contents from earthquakes. Onguard’s system of patented anchors dissipate energy and prevent tanks from toppling or buckling. The anchors are welded to the base of the tanks and act as a ‘fuse’ during quakes. Onguard can be applied to new tanks or retrofitted to existing tanks. Onguard anchors provide dissipation through earthquake and aftershocks, thereby protecting tanks from spills and preserving safety and business continuity for wineries, dairies, breweries, petroleum and hazardous chemical companies.

ORGANIC INITIATIVE (Oi) – AUCKLAND

The Organic Initiative (Oi) is creating organic and sustainable feminine hygiene products that are safer and more environmentally friendly.

The Organic Initiative (Oi) wants to revolutionise the hygiene market in order to remove plastic, chemicals and toxins from sanitary products. Existing products are often bad for women’s health and terrible for the environment. The goal is to create safer, organic products that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly for the billions of women around the world who regularly need these products. Oi products are biodegradable and recommended by doctors and midwives. The goals is to provide premium organic products at affordable prices.

OSNOVA – AMY™ - AUCKLAND

Osnova have created a digital tutor that adaptively works with students requiring help with Algebra.

Osnova have created Amy™, a digital tutor that adaptively tutors, fills student knowledge gaps, marks work, sets homework and individualised exercises and gives student-specific feedback. The Amy™ tutor can be used at home or in schools. The initial focus for Amy™ has been tutoring Year 11 Algebra, where identifying the knowledge gaps allows students to improve in topics that have prerequisite learning needs. Amy™ provides one-on-one tutoring at home or in school to ensure students receive the individualised help they require for a lower cost to parents.

PLINK SOFTWARE – TIPU TE REO MĀORI – MARLBOROUGH, NELSON, TASMAN

Learning Te Reo Māori has been made easier and more accessible with the Tipu app.

Plink Software have created the mobile app, Tipu, to help users learn Te Reo Māori. Suitable for beginners and more advanced learners, Tipu adjusts through levels of complexity while also learning about the ability of the user. Sentence structures, vocabulary and grammar are all introduced, personalised, and expanded as learning becomes entrenched. Tipu also remembers where you were up to, so you are returned to where you left off any time you pick up the device. Tipu has an appealing interface and brings the learning of Te Reo to modern devices.

POP-UP GLOBE - AUCKLAND

The Pop-Up Globe provided a unique pop-up Shakespearean theatrical experience with a temporary structure replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

The temporary replica structure of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Pop-Up Globe in Auckland, provided audiences with an amazing theatrical experience performed in the style of Shakespearean times, with luscious costuming and international casts of experienced actors. Experiencing the plays in the space and style for which they were written adds to the excitement and educational aspects of the dramas and comedies performed. The interactivity of the performers and audiences echoed the times of William Shakespeare all in the beautiful park-like setting at Ellerslie. School students were able to undertake tours, combat training and learn more about the structure and the workings of a Tudor theatre. The Pop-Up Globe will now be popping up in Melbourne.

PRECISION DRIVEN HEALTH – AUCKLAND

Precision Driven Health is a multi-partner initiative to personalise healthcare through data research.

Precision Driven Health (PDH) is a research partnership aimed at improving health outcomes through data. Precision medicine and personalised healthcare is predicated on information about an individual, with genetic and social profiles as part of an Electronic Health Record. Healthcare advice is usually offered based on a clinic visit and limited information. This assumes every patient is average, rather than targeting their treatment based on holistic data. This means patients will get better healthcare, and the right treatment earlier, avoiding ineffective or incorrect treatments. Pharmacogenomics uses a patient’s genetic make-up to prescribe medications that are tailored for that individual. Precision Driven Health aims to put New Zealand at the forefront of this global health movement.

PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE – TOOTHCRUSH – AUCKLAND

Toothcrush is an environmentally-responsible bamboo toothbrush subscription service.

Plastic toothbrushes are harmful to teeth and to the environment. Toothcrush has developed soft-bristled bamboo brushes that are better for teeth, gums and the world we live in. The bamboo toothbrushes are regularly replaced and delivered monthly on a subscription service so that you have a fresh toothbrush to use. Each biodegradable and Toothcrush brush is made from sustainable and renewable bamboo plantations, and has been developed with expert dentists. Toothcrush reduces the amount of plastic in landfills and is eco-friendly.

PUNARAU MEDIA – PIPI MĀ – BAY OF PLENTY

Pipi Mā has produced a range of Te Reo Māori speaking and singing plush dolls for New Zealand children.

Pipi Mā have created four plush dolls that speak and sing in Te Reo Māori. The dolls come with bilingual language learning cards and cover pre-schooler basics like colours and learning to count. The packaging of the Pipi Mā range of dolls reflects Māori heritage with a wharenui box design and Te Reo Māori instructions. New Zealand children deserve an authentic representation of themselves in toy form, and it is hoped that the Pipi Mā dolls will help to normalise Te Reo Māori, outside of classroom settings, for all kiwi children. The Pipi Mā characters will also become an animated, full immersion cartoon for pre-schoolers this year.

REVISIA – INDUSTRIAL 3D INNOVATION – AUCKLAND

Revisia combines 3D technology to create virtual models and simulations for industrial projects.

Industrial projects such as plant maintenance shutdowns, retrofitting, capital projects, design and implementation need to be performed efficiently and with minimal disruption. Visualising scenarios in 3D first allows for expertise from senior technicians to be applied to best practice solutions to ensure streamlined implementations. Staff benefit from greater clarity and step by step strategies for tackling complex equipment installations or plant maintenance. Risks, human errors and costs are reduced by Revisia’s programmes. Revisia also reduces the time that plants are offline, thereby improving efficiency.

ROCKET LAB – AUCKLAND

The Rocket Lab has pioneered a kiwi space programme, with purpose-built rockets for regular commercial satellite launches.

Rocket Lab plans regular small satellite launches from Mahia Peninsula, opening access to space for many companies around the world. The Electron launch vehicle utilises 3D printing and ground-breaking technology to deliver satellites into orbit with high frequency. With its lightweight and advanced carbon composite construction and Rutherford engine, manufacture of the Electron is rapid and affordable. The Rutherford is also the world's first battery-powered rocket engine, using an entirely new electric propulsion cycle to drive its turbopumps. Currently, small satellite companies wait years to get on orbit, often at the mercy and schedules of larger payloads in very expensive American launches. Rocket Lab can disrupt this small satellite market that can offers crop monitoring, natural disaster prediction, improved weather and maritime reporting, and search and rescue services from space.

SHUTTLEROCK – CANTERBURY

Shuttlerock generates brand awareness and marketing from the consumer’s authentic experience.

Shuttlerock utilises consumer-generated content to help a brand tell its story through the eyes of its customers through the use of authentic photos and video content. Rather than telling consumers what the brand should mean to them, Shuttlerock lets the consumers express their feelings about the brand themselves. The platform auto-refreshes Facebook content and uses proprietary AI software to optimise creative streams for advertising. Shuttlerock helps locate and curate content, and cost-effectively manages the content distribution onto Facebook and other social media platforms.


SIMPLICITY – AUCKLAND

Simplicity is a low-fee, non-profit ethical funds manager.

Simplicity is a non-profit KiwiSaver and Funds manager that donates a percentage of profits to charities. Simplicity has also pioneered ethical investment, removing all nuclear weapons components, tobacco, and land mines from its investment portfolio. Simplicity has made public calls for greater diversity in senior management and governance positions in corporations, and is introducing NZ’s first guaranteed income Kiwi Saver fund. Simplicity keeps fees low by operating online with easy to understand financial products. The non-profit charitable structure allows for greater transparency and innovation in financial services.

SIMPLY PAYROLL – WELLINGTON

Simply Payroll aims to simplify Payroll processing via Smartphone app for the average small business.

Simply Payroll takes complicated payroll legislation and administration and simplifies it on a mobile app that allows payroll to be processed quickly and easily. Simply Payroll calculates wages, pays staff, sends payslips and reports, and files PAYE in just seconds. Payroll has traditionally been costly and time consuming for the small businessperson who has other things to do. Simply Payroll frees up time and reduces costs with their system. Data regarding tax returns and business management tools that improve staff planning are included in the user-friendly app.

SOAR PRINTING – EVOLUTION THROUGH INNOVATION – AUCKLAND

Soar Printing has used technology and innovation to improve their business model even in a shrinking printing market.

Soar Printing was launched after World War One and has survived for one hundred years by maintaining an approach of diversification and innovation. Soar Printing has stayed at the forefront by adopting new technology, shifting to environmentally-responsible green printing inks and papers, and adapting to changing markets. Maintaining a lean production process and making use of digital technology, Soar Printing continues from strength-to-strength in a dying print market. Soar Printing has pursued continuous improvement and innovation in order to maintain profitability in the printing industry.

THE SOCIAL CLUB – AUCKLAND

The Social Club is a platform that matchmakes brands to social media influencers for marketing campaigns and collaborations.

The Social Club automated platform connects brands to social media influencers for collaborative campaigns. The Social Club manages all aspects of influencer marketing campaign - including identification, pricing, engagement, communication, content approval and reporting. The platform is easy to use and intuitive, lowers the barriers to entry and reduces the time required for any campaign roll out. The Social Club acts as a casting agent for influencers, identifying them and establishing which brands they align with and simplifying the negotiations and contracting for both parties.

SOLARBRIGHT – DATAEYE – CANTERBURY

DATAeye is a solar road stud that collects, and transmits, road and traffic data wirelessly in real time.

DATAeye is a small solar road stud that senses and collects traffic and road environment data and wirelessly transmits it to the cloud. Data such as traffic count, ground temperature, CO2 levels, speed, traffic weight, all in real time. The DATAeye has highly sensitive sensors and is heard-wearing compared to existing rubber strip technology for traffic data collection. With lower costs, the DATAeye can improve safety, provide up-to-date traffic information, and can be affixed permanently in place because of the solar power use.

SOLARCITY NZ – SOLARZERO ENERGY SERVICE – AUCKLAND

SolarZero allows kiwi homes to switch to solar without the upfront cost by installing, retaining the solar panel ownership, and charging an energy service fee to homeowners.

Solar power has a high up-front cost for panels and installation and storage battery. SolarZero removes the barrier to solar uptake by installing the solar panels and leasing them to the homeowner for a fixed monthly energy services fee, guaranteed not to rise for 20 years. The SolarZero energy service has required innovation across the financial, energy and technology sectors. By integrating solar panels with battery and energy management technology, household resilience has been improved as back up electricity is available. Solar allows homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and be more environmentally responsible.

SONNAR INTERACTIVE – AUDIO GAMES – AUCKLAND

Sonnar Interactive creates sound-based games for the visually impaired.

Sonnar Interactive is meeting the needs of the 324 million visually impaired people worldwide by creating accessible games based on music and sounds. Removing barriers for the visually impaired was paramount in the development of a series of games that can be enjoyed by both sighted and visually impaired players. With single or multi-player interfaces, they encourage interaction and reduce social isolation. Sonnar Interactive caters to an under-served population by providing a high-quality gaming experience.

SPATNZ – NEXT GENERATION SHELLFISH - MARLBOROUGH, NELSON AND TASMAN

SPATnz (Shellfish Production & Technology NZ) is developing commercial Greenshell mussel hatcheries with breeding programmes to increase the value of the product yield.

Greenshell mussel production is difficult and unreliable with its reliance on wild Greenshell mussel ‘spat’ which is notoriously sensitive to culturing. The challenge was to increase the survival odds when breeding and growing commercial quantities of mussels for market harvest. Wild spat was in short supply, but SPATnz’s hatchery now has guaranteed monthly spawning of around three billion mussel embryos. After nurturing they are transferred to the sea hatcheries. SPATnz’s sophisticated breeding programme allows for rapid gains in meat weight and in the development of specialised branded products, such as anti-inflammatory mussel oil for the bioactive market, with higher returns per kilo.

SPRING SHEEP MILK CO. – NZ’s GENTLEST MILK – AUCKLAND

In the process of building a new primary industry for New Zealand with sheep milk, Spring Sheep Milk Company has partnered marketing with farming to develop brand and market share from grass to retailer.

Creating a demand and a market for a new product range requires a global marketing strategy and branding model. An early partnership between producers and marketers has led to the Spring Sheep Milk Company controlling their branding from farm to retailers. The marketing strategy includes customer insights, leveraging processing, quality product sourcing, and identifying the target market best suited for product insertion. Utilising these marketing principles, Spring Sheep Milk Company has introduced the world to its range of high-end nutritional sheep milk products.

SPRINGFREE TRAMPOLINE – SMART TRAMPOLINE – CANTERBURY

The Springfree Smart Trampoline has mat sensors that collects jumping data and turns it into game interactions that encourage physical activity.

The Springfree Smart Trampoline has an innovative sensor mat that detects jump activity, and turns the trampoline into an interactive platform controlled by the jumper’s body movements. User location, jump height, calorie burn rate, and other data are all sent to a tablet attached to the enclosure net, which in turn, feeds a suite of apps and games designed to be controlled by the movements of the jumper on the trampoline. The systems are robust innovations that perform for years in extreme weather conditions, and are adaptive to both adult and child users. The Springfree Smart Trampoline is motivational and encourages children to exercise.

SQUAWK SQUAD – AUCKLAND

Squawk Squad have created sensor traps and apps for native bird sanctuaries to assist volunteers.

Bird sanctuaries can be very labour intensive with remote traps that need regular checking by volunteers. Squawk Squad has created sensor-connected traps with apps that allow traps to be deployed and monitored remotely. The traps are re-settable and sanctuaries have a live view of all traps and are notified when they are activated. Squawk Squad is a social enterprise that pays for the traps themselves, while the sanctuaries pay for bait and gas for the trap mechanism. The majority of Squawk Squad’s funding goes directly to helping to provide sanctuary for native birds.


STOCKX – A SMARTER EXCHANGE – HAWKE’S BAY

StockX is a platform online marketplace for livestock trading that reduces costs by removing third party agents.

StockX is an online marketplace for livestock that directly connects buyers and sellers with a range of easy trading options, market insights, transport solutions, low transaction costs and payment security. StockX cuts out the ‘middle man’ and delivers cost benefits to the farmers. Producer have more control over the process and experience fairer prices, better returns and better products. Animal welfare is improved as transport is direct to the buyer without stressful sale yard attendance. StockX will also allow producers direct access to processing markets. StockX hopes to create a democratised marketplace, through greater transparency, with a platform that has key information readily available for both buyers and sellers in the livestock industry.

THE TARANAKI RETREAT – TARANAKI

The Taranaki Retreat is a grassroots-built facility for a suicide prevention initiative.

Set in beautiful rural surroundings near Maunga Taranaki, and with cosy and quiet grounds, The Taranaki Retreat aims to help patrons deal with crises and difficult life events while helping them through any suicidal thoughts. The Taranaki Retreat has friendly animals to pet, a skilled team of therapists, and people who care. The Taranaki Retreat is a free facility built by the community for the community. Taranaki Retreat clients can come alone, or with whanau, to rest and heal in their own time.

TE WHARE HUKAHUKA – GROWING MĀORI SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – AUCKLAND

Te Whare Hukahuka delivers educational programmes crowdsourced from indigenous platforms worldwide to find solutions that work for the encouragement of Maori social enterprise.

Te Whare Hukahuka sources best practice enterprise schemes from around the world to find educational or social enterprise projects that work best for Maori enterprise schemes. Costs are reduced through the use of online systems and AI to automate the sales aspects of Te Whare Hukahuka’s educational services. Te Whare Hukahuka uses experimentation from testing, learning and iterating to provide rapid and continuous innovation in its programmes. Te Whare Hukahuka encourages both face-to-face interactions and online delivery.

TE WHARE HUKAHUKA – KA EKE POUTAMA/ENABLING A GENERATION OF MĀORI LEADERS – AUCKLAND

Ka Eke Poutama is a Maori youth development programme designed to empower the next generation of Maori leaders.

Ka Eke Poutama is a programme that builds practical leadership and strategic thinking skills. With innovation and governance, the programme increases the confidence, capability and connections for the young rangatahi to step up into community and leadership roles. The method of delivery is hands-on with guest speakers, weekend workships and key networking opportunities, methods of delivery that actually resonate with Maori youth. The focus is on self-discovery, preparation and applying those new skills. Te Whare Hukahuka’s Ka Eke Poutama programme is delivering Maori leadership for the future.

TECTONUS – THE RESILIENT SLIP FRICTION JOINT (RSFJ®) – AUCKLAND

The Resilient Slip Friction Joint (RSFJ®) is an innovative structural joint that significantly reduces damage to buildings during earthquakes.

The Resilient Slip Friction Joint (RSFJ®) is an innovative structural joint that combines energy damping and self-centring in a single compact device. The RSFJ® strengthens building structures, enabling them to withstand the energy dissipation of seismic impact and to self- centre the structure back to its original position, without the need for expert checking or joint replacement after an earthquake event. The RSFJ® can be installed new, or retrofitted to buildings of any materials, including concrete, timber or steel, and to any structural configuration, whether braced, shear-wall or moment-resisting frames.

TIMELY – OTAGO

Timely is a Cloud-based scheduling and business management system for salons and clinics that use appointment bookings.

Timely uses the latest technology to create a booking system that organises the business of salons and patient clinics. The software is more than just an appointments calendar as it can invoice, send reminders, complete payments and secure backups, as well as integrate with external accounting, marketing and payment software packages. Timely automates and streamlines much of the admin involved in running a clinic business and allows owners and managers to better service their clientele.

TOURISM HOLDINGS (THL) – MIGHWAY

Tourism Holdings have developed a motorhome and caravan sharing platform to increase the number of rental vehicles available during summer months.

Mighway is a sharing platform, launched by Tourism Holdings, that connects motorhome and campervan owners with customers. The platform allows Tourism Holdings to offer a wider array of campervan options without capital investment in fleet vehicles, and allows motorhome owners to generate income from the vehicles when they are not in use. Mighway also reduces the supply issues during the summer months when demand is at its highest. Mighway is effectively a peer-to-peer platform but is overseen by Tourism Holdings, allowing a wider range of motorhome types to suit any customer’s needs and it enables pick-ups across New Zealand rather than limiting availability to city centres.


VECTOR – GLEN INNES SUBSTATION – AUCKLAND

Vector is introducing initiatives to reduce the carbon emissions of power supplies by trialling battery storage to reduce peaks and troughs and ensure reliability for consumers.

Vector’s investment in battery storage within the power supply grid enables the battery to be charged overnight during low demand and discharged during the day when there is higher demand. This levels off the peaks and troughs and reduces the need for energy production by up to 15%, which has an impact on the carbon footprint of the electricity generated. The battery storage also reduces impact of power outages on consumers. Vector hopes to further reduce the carbon emissions and cost of electricity in New Zealand.

VIGILANCE – FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT – AUCKLAND

Vigilance is a robust system to handle company payments to ensure companies are protected from fraudulent transactions.

Ensuring that internal processes for payment approvals from business accounts are transparent and secure, is essential for every business. Robust process systems around payment management minimises the risk of fraud. Vigilance is software that alerts payment approvers to risky transactions prior to the money leaving the company account. Vigilance provides greater security to company owners and assists Board members in operating with a duty of care. With Vigilance, companies can be assured that they have an extra layer of security against fraud.

WAITEMATA DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD – LEAPFROG PROGRAMME – AUCKLAND

The Leapfrog Programme fast tracks health initiatives led by clinicians at the Waitemata District Health Board that are likely to have significant impact on patient or staff efficiency and outcomes.

Projects that target specific improved patient or staff outcomes are prioritised and supported by the Waitemata District Health Board in order to ensure that improvements in clinical practice are instituted quickly. Projects selected by the Leapfrog programme must have significant benefits for patient care or patient experience of the health system. The Leapfrog Programme has transformed many aspects of the public health system including electronic prescribing to reduce adverse drug events, and early warning alerts for at-risk, and a mobility strategy to support clinician mobility and other clinical apps.

WATEROUTLOOK – AUCKLAND

WaterOutlook is a specialist platform for data collating, monitoring, and reporting especially in the areas of compliance and operations.

WaterOutlook streamlines data collection and analytics from multiple sources and reports on operations and compliance without the bias and delays that can be observed in traditional compliance reporting. Comparing multiple data points makes the report findings more rigorous. Cloud-based access and mobile access make WaterOutlook easy to use and cost-effective. Real-time dashboards of regulatory data transfer, protection of archives, best practice auditing and the utilising of technology for data management make WaterOutlook useful to councils and governments as well as corporations.

WHEREWOLF – OTAGO

Wherewolf improves the customer and business experience of adventure tourism with a paperless interface.

Adventure tourism requires medical sign-ins and liability waivers that need to be stored for seven years. Managing this private information mountain and ensuring tour operators and staff are aware of the medical conditions, was difficult and time-consuming. Wherewolf created a tablet interface for digital waivers, pre-arrival check-ins, and sign-ins. The app collates the information and ensures staff have the requisite information on hand. In addition to saving time and cost with data entry and compliance, Wherewolf manages customers and provides a marketing tool for businesses. Wherewolf has data-sourced marketing insights that determine where advertising dollars are best spent for tourist returns.

WORKHERE NEW ZEALAND - LOOKSEE WELLINGTON – AUCKLAND

LookSee Wellington was a marketing project that attracted global tech talent to Wellington to address a tech shortage in the city.

LookSee Wellington was a combination of online portal, targeted publicity, and social media activity in a project to attract top global tech talent to the city of Wellington. A shortage of tech talent in Wellington’s fast-growing IT industry saw the development of this marketing project to put Wellington on the map as a tech destination. Employers took part and real jobs were on offer. Candidates were invited to express their interest, and once the field was narrowed, and refined, a number of candidates were flown all expenses-paid to Wellington for interviews. The LookSee project was supported by a number of industry and government partners and continues to deliver benefits to the tech community in Wellington.

YEALANDS WINE GROUP – HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE SUN – AUCKLAND

Yealands have installed a large solar array on their winery to use renewable energy on a commercial scale.

Yealands have invested in a sustainable and renewable future by installing a large solar array to reduce their carbon footprint and to generate a large percentage of the power needs of their large winery. The long-term investment into sustainability allows Yealands to be competitive in the coming decades. Illustrating that solar power can be harnessed on a commercial scale, Yealands are committed to thinking boldly and treading lightly on our planet.

ZAVY – AUCKLAND

Zavy is a social and digital analytics platform that allows organisations to analyse their online and social media presence and brand building potential.

The Zavy software enables organisations to delve deeply into the analytics of their online presence and to determine the levels of positive and negative public feedback in order to better understand the awareness of their brand and attitudes towards it. Market knowledge allows brands to target their marketing more effectively. Zavy’s proprietary algorithms allow users to compare brand performance against competitors and over time. The software looks at geographical performance as well as age and gender demographics. Zavy allows users a complete picture of their brand performance analytics.

MOST INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL

ASANTHA ‘PETER’ WIJEYERATNE – SIMPLY PAYROLL – WELLINGTON

Originally from Sri Lanka, Asantha Wijeyeratne, is the CEO and co-founder of Simply Payroll. Asantha developed SmartBooks accounting software in the 1990s and Simply Payroll emerged from other developments in 2003. Asantha’s core strengths are his ability to build strong business relationships while retaining strong family-friendly principles. Asantha has also been recognised for his wider community work.

Simply Payroll takes complicated payroll legislation and administration and simplifies it on a mobile app that allows payroll to be processed quickly and easily. Simply Payroll calculates wages, pays staff, sends payslips and reports, and files PAYE in just seconds. Simply Payroll frees up time and reduces costs with their system. Asantha Wijeyeratne’s goals have always been to deliver smart accounting products that simplify life for the small to medium business owner.

HELEN ROBINSON – ORGANIC INITIATIVE (OI) - AUCKLAND

Helen Robinson embarked on a career in banking and technology after leaving school. Helen sits on a number of Boards including the New Zealand Defence Force and Fulbright NZ. Electing to only work with organisations that are ethical, scalable and that aim to do global good, Helen is co-founder of the Organic Initiative (Oi). Oi makes, and distributes, ethically sourced organic cotton feminine hygiene products in the hope of removing plastic and chemicals from sanitary items. Oi also has charitable partners for sanitary product donations to disadvantaged women.

Helen is a keen supporter of young women and believes that New Zealand’s future lies in developing them to their full potential. Helen believes that while we should support and encourage potential, we must also hold people accountable so that business is conducted ethically and according to global values for sustainability for our children’s children.

KATIE HINSEN – BLUE COLLAR POST COLLECTIVE - AUCKLAND

Katie Hinsen is a 20-year veteran of the film industry and has worked all over the world in a wide range of post-production roles. She is considered a world expert in many of the new technologies including 4-8k workflows and likes to work outside the box and at the cutting edge of digital filmmaking.

Katie has been inspired by those who helped her along the way, to give back and has amassed a collective of thousands of industry-working post-production professionals who mentor and support those who are up and coming in post-production. Blue Collar Post Collective runs professional development sessions and online seminars to share their enthusiasm and experience in post-production to the next generations. They are a non-profit collective, with no fees or subscriptions. The value of giving back is at the forefront of what Katie and her Collective aim to do in their industry.

PETER BECK – ROCKET LAB – AUCKLAND

Peter Beck has been the driving force behind Rocket Lab for over eleven years. The CEO and Chief Engineer of Rocket Lab, Peter led the Rocket Lab to be the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space in 2009. Peter initiated the Electron orbital rocket programme in 2013 with the goal of making space accessible to the smaller satellite market. In order to achieve this, Peter has had to establish international treaties and legislation and has created a billion dollar company at the forefront in the industry. Peter Beck is responsible for the birth of New Zealand’s space industry and is changing how we access space now and in the future. The Rocket Lab will enable satellites for weather, Internet, and Search and Rescue to be launched, increasing safety and accuracy for weather and rescue operations.

YOUNG NZ INNOVATOR

ERIK ZYDERVELT – MEVO LTD - WELLINGTON

Erik Zydervelt saw city car sharing in operation in a number of countries around the world and was keen to start a similar service in Wellington. The decision to go with electric hybrid cars was both an economic and an environmental one, as the Mevo fleet rolls out with Audi A3 e-tron cars. Erik admires historical figures who had vision that they were prepared to work towards and who persisted against the odds, as well as disruptive thinkers of the current century. Their influence has encouraged Erik to create the Mevo car sharing subscription service in Wellington. Erik hopes to expand the Wellington fleet and then start up his Mevo service in Auckland as well. Erik believes that car sharing schemes ultimately reduce traffic congestion and competition for parking, and are more environmentally-responsible than individual car ownership.

HENRY LANE – CORVECTO – CANTERBURY

Henry Lane is one of the industry leaders delivering Virtual and Augmented Reality training solutions for a variety of industry sectors. Henry’s background in design and delivery of digital projects for entertainment companies such as Disney, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures positioned him to build Corvecto, a global Digital Reality Studio in Canterbury. Corvecto delivers Virtual and Augmented Reality training for aviation, construction, agriculture and medical organisations. If training is dangerous and requires practise, then VR training is ideal for employee professional development, safety, and disaster preparedness on sites. VR training has the benefits of expert advice and best practice models, in a safe, repeatable interactive demonstration that also reports back on employee performance.

Henry was also a founding executive of EPIC Innovation, a collaborative business-housing model that developed out of necessity after the Christchurch earthquake in 2011. The collective partnership model has been so successful that EPIC has expanded and opened a satellite EPIC hub in Westport in 2016. Henry has also joined the faculty of the NASA-based Singularity University as one of their resident experts on Virtual and Augmented Reality applications.

JAREK BEKSA – SONNAR INTERACTIVE – AUCKLAND

Jarek Beksa worked in telecommunications in Poland before taking up Doctorate studies at AUT in New Zealand. The Audio Games that Sonnar Interactive has created were originally part of a proof of concept feasibility study for his thesis, but along the way Jarek discovered that fifty-thousand people were enjoying the audio games, and a company was born. Sonnar Interactive has created game apps for those with impairments that allows them to engage with interactive games. Sonnar’s games can be played, and enjoyed, by sighted and non-sighted players and can be played singly or in multi-player scenarios that allow disabled people to engage with others around the world. Sonnar Interactive has been garnering international interest and recognition with its suite of high quality games for those with vision impairments.

JODY BURRELL, BOP MURDOCH AND SARAH TUCK – COLIBERATE – WELLINGTON

The three co-founders of CoLiberate, Jody Burrell, Bop Murdoch and Sarah Tuck, have pursued a vision of social innovation together, and believe that being honest inspires others to be courageous about breaking the silence around mental health. CoLiberate focuses on mental health and wellness, encouraging people to work on issues, to seek out support, and to develop their resilience on a regular basis, before things escalate to a mental health crisis. CoLiberate have also developed support programmes for workplaces, who want to ensure that their staff enjoy a more supportive environment. Jody, Bop and Sarah are theatrical professionals who saw the value in using a range of movement and acting techniques to help those who were struggling with their lives and emotions. The CoLiberate team have been providing help to all who need it for over a year, and are fuelled by the transformative benefits they see as clients demonstrate greater resilience and optimism.

SAMANTHA JONES – LITTLE YELLOW BIRD – WELLINGTON

Samantha Jones is the founder and CEO of Little Yellow Bird, a manufacturer of ethical uniforms and corporate workwear. Samantha gained degrees in Commerce and International Security, and worked as a Logistics Officer with the Air Force, before starting Little Yellow Bird. Samantha was an expert in supply chains who had a goal to assist people in developing countries with Fair Trade business. As a company, Little Yellow Bird focuses on conscious consumption and ensures that everything is sourced ethically and at a fair price. The company repurposes and recycles everything to ensure a low carbon footprint. Little Yellow Bird has a focus on sustainability and transparency through the supply chain and manufacturing process that reassures customers. Samantha has been a guest motivational speaker at many seminars throughout the year and inspires with her focus on sustainability and ethical design, manufacture and distribution.

SHAY WRIGHT – TE WHARE HUKAHUKA – AUCKLAND

Shay Wright (Te Rarawa, Ngaruahine, Ngati Ruanui) is the co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka and leads the development and the delivery of the Ka Eke Poutama Programme, encouraging the development of Māori leadership. Shay hopes to empower Māori business leaders to pursue opportunities that will bring pride, employment and well-being to Māori communities. Shay’s experience in entrepreneurship, education, Māori development and community economics has helped shape the strategic planning of a number of organisations including Maori trusts. Te Whare Hukahuka has run training sessions on governance and strategic planning for Maori business leaders for a number of years, with a goal of combining innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to the fast-growing Maori economy.

Shay’s contributions to Maori leadership also extend to education, as a founding trustee of TeachFirst NZ. Shay sits on the Kahui Maori for the Science for Technological Innovation Challenge, and he also helped develop Callaghan Innovation’s Maori Engagement Strategy. Shay’s dedication and leadership abilities have been recognised with a recent ministerial appointment to the Maori Economic Development Advisory Board.

Finalists 2017

Drum roll, please... Meet the 2017 finalists for the NZ Innovation Awards - congratulations! And the finalists are...

Innovation in Agribusiness & Environment - Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand 
●       Alliance Group - The Omega Lamb Project

●       Halter

●       Levno - Sensor and Data Technology

●       Marine Flex - Elastic Mooring

●       SPATnz (Shellfish Production and Technology New Zealand) - Next Generation Shellfish

●       Spring Sheep Milk Co. - New Zealand's Gentlest Milk

●       Squawk Squad
Innovation in Design & Engineering - Sponsored by James & Wells
●       ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software

●       Dotterel Technologies

●       Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior 2

●       Onguard Group - Seismic Systems

●       Rocket Lab

●       SolarBright - DATAeye

●       Springfree Trampoline - Smart Trampoline

●       Tectonus - Resilient Slip Friction Joint
Innovation in Education, Training & Development - Sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
●       CORE Education - iNVENTIONATOR

●       Crimson Education

●       EdPotential

●       Fulton Hogan - Virtual Reality Training

●       Kami

●       Linewize - Classwize

●       Massey University Wellington - The Design+Democracy Project

●       Osnova - Amy
Innovation in Financial, Professional & Public Services - Sponsored by Equifax
●       Cream

●       Department of Internal Affairs - SmartStart

●       FluentIQ - Test Center

●       McCarthyFinch

●       Simplicity

●       Simply Payroll

●       StockX - A Smarter Exchange
Innovation in Food & Beverage - Sponsored by Plant & Food Research
●       Alliance Group - The Omega Lamb Project

●       Anteater - Premium Edible Insects

●       Fix & Fogg - World’s Best Peanut Butter

●       Fonterra Co-operative Group - Protein Ingredient (MPC4867)

●       Green Spot Technologies

●       Imake - The Grainfather
Innovation in Health & Science - Sponsored by Chorus
●       Avalia Immunotherapies - Synthetic Vaccines

●       BFW Innovations - The Original Mattress Elevator

●       CoLiberate - Nourish Your Mind

●       Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior 2

●       FlexiMap

●       MARS Bioimaging

●       Myovolt - Wearable Vibration Therapy

●       Precision Driven Health
Innovation in Māori Development - Sponsored by KPMG
●       Hiakai

●       Huawei New Zealand - Te Reo Māori Smartphone

●       Metia Interactive - Tākaro

●       Plink Software - Tipu Te Reo Māori

●       Punarau Media - Pipi Mā
Innovation in Media, Marketing & Communications - Sponsored by StopPress
●       2degrees - Data Hunt

●       AttitudeLive

●       Corvecto - Virtual Reality Training Solutions

●       Fire and Emergency New Zealand - Escape My House

●       Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior - Therapy Growth and Product Preference

●       Shuttlerock

●       Spring Sheep Milk Co. - New Zealand's Gentlest Milk

●       Workhere New Zealand and WREDA - LookSee Wellington

●       Zavy
Innovation in Sustainability & Renewable Energy - Sponsored by NZ Innovation Council
●       EcobagsNZ - No to Plastic Bags, yes to Compostable

●       ecostore

●       Green Spot Technologies

●       Little Yellow Bird - Ethically Made Corporate Workwear

●       Marine Flex - Elastic Mooring

●       Organic Initiative (Oi)

●       solarcity New Zealand - solarZero energy service

●       Yealands Wine Group - Harnessing the power of the sun
Innovation Systems & Performance Improvement - Sponsored by Westpac NZ & the NZ Government
●       Fonterra Co-operative Group - Vitamin D Measurement

●       Forsite

●       Halter

●       High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) - Innovation Programme

●       Revisia - Industrial 3D Innovation

●       Soar Printing - Evolution through Innovation

●       Vigilance - Financial Risk Management

●       Waitemata District Health Board - Leapfrog Programme
Innovation in Technology Solutions - Sponsored by Jade Software
●       Air New Zealand - Customer Innovation Programme

●       ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software

●       Corvecto - Virtual Reality Training Solutions

●       fulcrum - The fulcrum HUB

●       Moxion

●       Onguard Group - Seismic Systems

●       The Social Club

●       Vector - Glen Innes Substation

●       WaterOutlook
Innovation in Tourism & Entertainment - Sponsored by Idealog
●       GeoZone

●       Haka Tourism Group - An Innovative Business Model

●       Modern Māori Quartet

●       Off The Beaten Track

●       Pop-up Globe Auckland

●       Sonnar Interactive - Audio Games

●       Tourism Holdings (THL) - Mighway

●       Wherewolf
Innovation Excellence in Research
●       Alliance Group - The Omega Lamb Project

●       Avalia Immunotherapies - Synthetic Vaccines

●       Dotterel Technologies

●       Halter

●       Myovolt - Wearable Vibration Therapy

●       mango teQ - REYEDR HUD

●       Sonnar Interactive - Audio Games
Excellence in Social Innovation - Sponsored by Sovereign
●       AttitudeLive - Attitude

●       Fire and Emergency New Zealand - Escape My House

●       Organic Initiative (Oi)

●       Plink Software - Tipu Te Reo Māori

●       Te Whare Hukahuka - Growing Māori Social Enterprise

●       Te Whare Hukahuka - Ka Eke Poutama

●       Massey University Wellington - The Design+Democracy Project

●       The Taranaki Retreat
Start-up Innovation of the Year
●       Anteater - Premium Edible Insects

●       Burnsafe NZ - Disposal of Landmines & Unexploded Ordnance

●       Firstcheck

●       Hiakai

●       Mevo - Electric Vehicles On Demand

●       Moxion

●       Previously Unavailable - Toothcrush

●       SolarBright - DATAeye 
Emerging New Zealand Innovation - Sponsored by Regus
●       Cream

●       Kami

●       Marine Flex - Elastic Mooring

●       MARS Bioimaging

●       Simply Payroll

●       StockX - A Smarter Exchange

●       WaterOutlook

●       Zavy
Disruptive & Breakthrough Innovation - Sponsored by Westpac NZ and the NZ Government
●       ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software

●       Avalia Immunotherapies - Synthetic Vaccines

●       Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior 2

●       Flick Electric Co.

●       Halter

●       MARS Bioimaging

●       Moxion

●       Rocket Lab

●       SolarBright - DATAeye
Export Innovator of the Year - Sponsored by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE)
●       Alliance Group - The Omega Lamb Project

●       ARANZ Geo - Leapfrog 3D Geological Modelling Software

●       Fisher & Paykel Healthcare - Optiflow Junior 2

●       fulcrum - The fulcrum HUB

●       Moxion

●       Onguard Group - Seismic Systems

●       Shuttlerock

●       Timely
Most Inspiring Individual - Sponsored by 3M
●       Asantha Wijeyeratne - Simply Payroll

●       Helen Robinson - Organic Initiative (Oi)

●       Katie Hinsen - Blue Collar Post Collective

●       Peter Beck - Rocket Lab
Young New Zealand Innovator - Sponsored by MOTAT
●       Erik Zydervelt - Mevo

●       Henry Lane - Corvecto

●       Jarek Beksa - Sonnar Interactive

●       Jody Burrell, Bop Murdock, Sarah Tuck - CoLiberate

●       Samantha Jones - Little Yellow Bird

●       Shay Wright - Te Whare Hukahuka
People's Choice - Sponsored by RadioLIVE
All finalists. Public voting is now open until 5pm on Fridy 29th September - get your vote in NOW.
Bayer Supreme New Zealand Innovation - Sponsored by Bayer New Zealand
Announced at the NZ Innovation Awards event on Thursday 19 October at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre

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Awards Event 2017

Let's get the party started!

If you are into innovation in any way shape or form, then this is the event for you! Join us and 700 other entrepreneurs, innovators and investors to share in New Zealand's largest innovation event of the year. Not only will you get to celebrate some amazing innovators and see them up on stage in lights but it's your opportunity to network with like-minded individuals who can help you grow.

Come and join us for a night of fabulous food & wine, entertaining chat and mad celebrations! Don't miss out, book now!

Given this is all about innovation, we wanted to provide you with some fun seating options so that you can; book seats for your team, network with the crowd or even get up close and personal on a couch, depending on your style we have the seating option just for you. There are four different seating options for you to choose from - if you're putting through a group booking, select the same seating type to sit together!
  • Theatre-style seats
  • Bar leaners and stools
  • Cafe tables and ottomans
  • 2 seater couches, for a little extra comfort

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Stuff You Just Need To Know!

What, When Where:

NZ Innovation Awards 2017
Thursday 19 October: 5pm to 11pm
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre

What is the format for this event?

For the Awards part of the evening, you'll be seated theatre-style. Pre and post Awards component, there'll be mixing and mingling, eating delicious food and drinking delightful beverages.

When you purchase your tickets, you have the option of four different kinds of seating. Some of the seats are limited. So get in quick to get your desired option! Please note, if you want to sit together, you need to choose the same seating style.

We will advise you of your seat number on the night via your micro-site. 

What is the dress code?

The event starts at 5pm, so we don't expect you to be dressed like a penguin or ultra-glam. But if that is your thing, then totally go for it! We draw the line at speedos...

What will it cost me?

An arm and a leg... just kidding! All tickets are $130 + GST.

Will I be fed?

Yup! We promise to feed and water you to ensure no one is hangry on the night. If you have special dietary requirements, just let us know when you book your tickets.

Seating Options

Given this is all about innovation we wanted to provide you with some fun seating options so that you can; book seats for your team, network with the crowd or even get up close and personal on a couch, depending on your style we have the seating option just for you. There are four different seating options for you to choose from - all seats are the same price.

There are only a certain number of each seat, so don’t miss out and choose wisely! Zones and seat numbers will be allocated to you via your micro-site on the night. If you book together, we will do our absolute best to seat you together (but no guarantees). You'll need to select the same seating style for everyone in your group booking if you'd like to sit together.

Like Goldilocks and three bears, find your ideal set-up! Hover over each image for a little more info.

The name really says it all. You'll be seated in traditional seats facing the screen, nice and close to the stage.

Don't want to sit on a bar stool, but not a fan of the theatre-style seating? Seat yourself around a cafe table on a wee ottoman.

Snuggle up with a friend and watch the Awards from a higher vantage point. The ticket price is for one seat on the couch.

Grab a stool & hang out with some other folk on a bar leaner. You'll be a bit further back, but nice and high so a great view point for all the action.


Shake your group thing, Shake your group thing... yeah yeah!

If you have a group of ten or more people, touch base with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she'll help you out with a wee discount.
 

FAQs

Yes it is, just bring the ticket along.

You can use either a printed ticket or an e-ticket on your mobile device.

Tickets are not refundable but are transferrable to another attendee.

No problem, the ticket is still valid, as it is transferrable.

Yes, this will be sent to you closer to the date of the event.

If you're booking more than one ticket in your order, please select the same seating style so we can place you together. We'll do our best to have you sitting with your crew - numbers permitting - but no guarantees.

And if you're just booking for yourself, not to worry - innovators are an inherently friendly bunch, so this is a great opportunity to meet someone new on the night!

The NZ Innovation Awards is a theatre-style awards ceremony, with great wine, beverages and walk & fork style food.

It's a semi-formal event, we encourage you to come straight from work and enjoy the evening. Seriously, we want you to be comfortable!

Nope. We encourage all innovators, entrepreneurs and business people to attend and join the fun!

Unfortunately we can't change your seating style once booked, so please choose wisely when booking your tickets. This is a great opportunity to meet someone new on the night.

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“Innovation changes our world” is our tagline for 2017 and we wanted to bring this to life through simple yet fun images. So…we’ve created 10 images from a sheep of steel wool to a medical drip that includes tomato sauce. We’ve had a whole load of fun with language and you may find it pun-tastic with the key take outs being playful & fun, yet always having innovation at the heart of everything.

Below you’ll find a whole raft of imagery, banners, logos to name a few. Please feel free to use them – go wild and let’s get our message out there!

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