Innovation Challenge

Entries for this years Innovation Challenge are now closed.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates. 

Get your creative and innovative juices flowing to be in to win one of over $40,000 in prizes

Have you got an idea that could change the world?
Do you see a problem that needs fixing?
Would you like to win $1,000? With over $40k in prizes, there’s every chance you’ll win.

What do I need to do?

It’s simple. Write up 1,000 words on your idea and submit it.

Judging process

We’ve asked industry experts to be our judges. Your entry will be read by at least two experts from the entrepreneurial ecosystem who form a judging group. We also have an experienced moderating panel to read every entry so we can ensure rating consistency across the judging groups. 

We then gather the judging groups together to decide the best entries in each prize category. Win or not, the judges are on hand at the FEEDBACK NIGHT, to help you develop your innovation further.

 

Prize Giving 

This is the event you’ve been waiting for. Our judging teams have deliberated long over who the winners of the 2019 Innovation Challenge should be. Come to the Innovation Challenge Prize Giving and all will be revealed. Celebrate with the winners and, with an awesome guest speaker, this is an event you do not want to miss. You can RSVP for the event here!

The Rules

A full set of the Velocity Challenge rules can be found here. It is very important that these are read and clearly understood.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone enter?

Yes, as long as a core member of your team is a current University of Auckland student or staff member, anyone can enter.

You can enter as a team or individually and best of all it’s free.

What are the judges looking for?

A PDF file of the judges criteria can be found here.

When are the Velocity Help sessions?

The Velocity Help Desk will be open from 11am to 1pm on Thursday 2nd May, Friday 3rd May, Monday 6th May, Tuesday 7th May, Wednesday 8th May. We hope to see you all there!

The sessions are designed for you to ask questions about your entry. Our team of Velocity students will be available in the OGGB foyer, with advice and chocolate! 

How are the prizes paid?

We will deposit the winnings into the bank account of the team lead. To do this, we will ask you for your bank account details the day after the Awards Ceremony. It will typically take about 4 weeks to get the funds into your account.

How do I qualify for a prize?

This competition has many different prizes categories, and one entry may qualify for many different prize categories. Below an overview of all the prizes, and how you qualify:

Social/Commercial
When you enter the Challenge, you select if this entry is a Social or a Commercial Entry. There are 8 prizes $1,000 prizes for Social and 8 prizes $1,000 prizes for Commercial entries.

Faculty Prizes
In addition, there are faculty prizes. Your entry qualifies for these prizes, if you or someone in your team is connect to that specific faculty. 


Special Prizes
These are prizes for specific subjects or groups. Below all the prizes that are available and how your entry can qualify:

Agritech
All entries related to innovations in the Agriculture sector

Whiua ki te Ao!
Entries must:
a) submitted by an individual or team that identifies as being Maori* OR
b) be based on Kaupapa Māori that promotes Māori values or advances Māori issues
*at least one team member must identify as Maori.

Pacific Islander Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Entries must be submitted by an individual or team that identifies as Pacific Islander.

AI
Sponsored by the University of Auckland School of Computer Science and open to all entries which use artificial intelligence (AI) in their submission.

School of Computer Science Big Data prize                                                                                                                              Sponsored by the University of Auckland School of Computer Science and open to all entries related to Big data.

Female Founder Prize
Sponsored by UniServices and open to all entries which have a female lead/founder to encourage more females to start their entrepreneurial journey.

Arts/Creative Arts/Design Prize
Prize, sponsored by UniServices, and  open to all entries which create, integrate or promote arts/creative arts or design as the primary goal OR use arts/creative arts or design as part of the solution.

What are the UniServices PhD Prizes? (3 x $1,000 up for grabs)

Velocity and UniServices are working together to encourage and stimulate the commercialisation of PhD research. There are 3 x $1,000 prizes available for PhD students (and their teams) who base their entry on their PhD research. 

UniServices PhD prize rules of engagement
In order for an entry to be eligible for this UniServices Prize, the team must include a current University of Auckland PhD student and the research that they enter with must (preference for it) be(ing) their own or from their own Lab or Department at the University of Auckland.

UniServices PhD prize rules of engagement

In order for an entry to be eligible for this UniServices Prize, the team must include a current University of Auckland PhD student and the research that they enter with must (preference for it) be(ing) their own or from their own Lab or Department at the University of Auckland.

What are the UniServices Research Prizes? (2 x $1,000 up for grabs)

Velocity and UniServices are working together to encourage and stimulate the commercialisation of University of Auckland research and technology.

There are 2 x $1,000 prizes available for researchers at the University of Auckland who enter, into the Innovation Challenge, an idea that is based on the commercial application of their own research or research from their Lab or Department.

UniServices Research Prizes rules of engagement

In order for an entry to be eligible for this prize the team must include a current Masters, Phd, Post Doc or Staff member from the University of Auckland and the research that they enter with must (preference for it) be(ing) their own or from their own Lab or Department at the University of Auckland.

If a prize is won it is up to the team that enters to determine who will share in their prize. The prize is given as a bank deposit and can be spent however the team decides to. UniServices will not share in the prize. It is recommended that the team determines the split in advance

When entering the Velocity Innovation Challenge the team entering does not require from UniServices any rights / access to the intellectual property. Nor by entering the Velocity Innovation Challenge is the intellectual property assigned in any way to the entrants. Any future access to the intellectual property needs to be discussed with UniServices.

There are no sign-offs required (e.g. from your P.I, UniServices) to enter the Velocity Innovation Challenge and be eligible for the UniServices Research prize. If the research is not your own it is strongly recommended that you consult the person’s whose intellectual property it is prior to entering.