ng-nz logo
Story image

Education solutions steal the show at DIGMYIDEA Maori Innovation Challenge

16 May 2017

Two technology ideas which will improve the lives of whanau have been selected as winners in the DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge.

Adele Sauer and her team of three from Hamilton won the Māuri tū: open category (for ages 26 and over) with a Māori sign language app called SeeCom.

Nicole Calderwood – also from Hamilton who entered as an individual – won the Māuri oho: youth category (ages 15-25) with Scholar+, a web-based platform that helps tertiary students find and apply for scholarships.

The DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge calls on budding Māori digital entrepreneurs to submit their ideas with the aim to stimulate interest and involvement of Māori in New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem.

The winners were part of 10 finalists who took part in a DIGIwānanga mentoring weekend at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in Mangere, Auckland as part of Techweek ’17.

Finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of judges with the winners announced at an award’s ceremony on Sunday night.

Associate Economic Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell congratulated the winners, saying he’s committed to increasing Māori participation in the technology sector.

“The technology sector provides opportunities for our whānau to higher-skilled jobs and increased income – which is where a real impact can be made.”

“We are rich in creativity and innovation and Techweek ’17 will ensure digital technology opportunities reach our rangatahi Māori, whānau, iwi and hapū,” Flavell says.

Mike Taitoko – DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge judge, Waiora Pacific technology company managing director, and ATEED board member – says finalists submitted a broad range of ideas.

“These ranged from tourism applications to tertiary education ideas, and gaming and language concepts.”

“One thing many of the applications had in common was the use of technology to improve the lives of whanau, rather than just producing another app,” he says. 

“The winning entries were exciting ideas which were well-presented and were backed up with good business case studies."

"I look forward to watching the ideas develop further,” Taitoko says.

Story image
Kiwi scoops grand photography prize at Sony Alpha Awards
Wanaka-based Oscar Hetherington won this year’s award for his seascape photo, called ‘Back Wash’. He’s the fourth consecutive Kiwi to win the grand prize – and $10,000 worth of Sony camera gear to boot.More
Story image
Hands-on review: JBL Tune 220TWS
Another great part of the design is the earbuds themselves. Most other earbuds on the market can’t be worn for more than two hours at a time because of the amount of pressure they put on ear canals. Thankfully, the JBL Tune 220 were designed with all-day wear in mind. More
Story image
Video games market booming following COVID-19 related lockdowns
As an industry custom-built for people to stay indoors, it is understandable that the global video games market has boomed in the last few months, bringing huge profits for the leading gaming companies and their shareholders.More
Story image
2degrees unveils new infrastructure sharing agreement, passes $1b milestone
The company has revealed it has invested $1 billion into its network infrastructure, and has expanded on its venture with Spark and Vodafone to connect the country's rural areas.More
Story image
Trend Micro Home Network Security - giving frazzled parents everywhere just that much more peace of mind
Trend Micro have announced the launch of Trend Micro Guardian, an app which “enhances the parental controls features of Home Network Security, and extends the coverage to outside the home."More
Story image
The Outer Worlds (Switch): A great game but a terrible port 
Anyone that was excited about this Switch port was waiting to see how the graphics will turn out. We were right to be worried, as this is the side that really pulls this game down.More