Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Tech experts in NZ for premier innovation challenge

8 June 2017

World-leading tech experts in NZ for premier innovation challenge

Three international experts are travelling to New Zealand next week to share their expertise in wearable technology with entrants in NZ’s premier innovation challenge.

Kiwi innovators and entrepreneurs are being are invited to create the next generation of wearable technology as part of business innovation agency Callaghan Innovation’s C-Prize Challenge. The biennial event is designed to push the boundaries of what’s possible through technology and offers a NZ$100,000 grand prize package.

Mikko Malmivaara is based in the US and has been in the business of wearable technology for almost 20 years. Professor Robert Reiner is based in Switzerland and his development of the ARMin arm therapy robot has won several prizes. Professor Paul Lukowicz is based in Germany and heads the Embedded Intelligence group at DFKI and Kaiserslautern University.

Free seminars are being held in Christchurch (June 12), Wellington (June 13) and Auckland (June 14) where students, entrepreneurs, innovators and inspired minds can meet the expert trio and find out more about the challenge - which calls for innovation in three important areas for New Zealand: living healthier, working safer and playing smarter.

“It is a huge privilege for the Challenge to have the support of global experts of this calibre,” says Callaghan Innovation Chief Technology Officer Chris Harsthorn. “Their international experience will allow everyone from start-ups to established business the opportunity to take away valuable insights with practical application for wearables.

“We’re really excited about the C-Prize this year – it’s focused on wearables for health, wearables for play, and wearables for the workplace. They are three very diverse areas, but they are areas in tremendous need of innovation, and in tremendous need of solutions.

“Wearable device use has increased dramatically in New Zealand - in the past 12 months, the number of wearable technology owners has almost doubled and now represents 9% of people aged over 15, offering limitless opportunity for innovators.
“We know it takes a lot of courage to make the leap into innovation. An opportunity like C-Prize can be just the nudge that people with ideas and ambition need to create a tangible concept.”

Entrants will have their innovations reviewed and recognised by a panel of industry professionals, prominent investors, and entrepreneurs with the best becoming viable businesses.
The 2017 C-Prize grand-prize winner will be awarded a NZ$100,000 prize package and up to 10 finalist teams will each be awarded a NZ$35,000 prize package.

Entries close on July 2.

For more information see the website C-Prize 2017 Watch the C-Prize video Watch CTO Chris Hartshorn

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Westpac NZ: Warns About Sophisticated New Scam
Westpac NZ is warning New Zealanders about a sophisticated new scam that involves a fake Westpac investment prospectus.
The prospectus is formatted to resemble a Westpac document and includes professional-looking imagery... More>>



Campaign For NZ Coastal Tankers : Says Fuel Security At Risk

Three unions representing New Zealand shipping crews are mounting a united campaign to protect New Zealand’s fuel security and save New Zealand coastal tankers... More>>



Tourism: Travel Bubble With Cook Islands Resumes

Cook Islands tourism restarts today, ending a five-month border closure due to COVID-19. Graeme West, General Manager Australasia for Cook Islands Tourism Corporation, said today’s first flight of quarantine-free travel from New Zealand to the Cook Islands is very significant... More>>


Insurance Council of New Zealand: September South Island Windstorm Cost $36.5 M Raises 2021 Extreme Weather Claims Total To $321.6 M

Gale force winds and storms between 9 and 13 September 2021 resulted in insurers supporting communities to the tune of $36.5 m. This is a significant rise, of $16.7 m, on preliminary figures for the event and lifts the end of year total for all extreme weather events in 2021 to $321.6 m... More>>


Statistics: Building Consents Hit New Highs In November
There were a record 48,522 new homes consented in the year ended November 2021, Stats NZ said today. This was up 26 percent compared with the year ended November 2020... More>>

Fonterra: Revises Milk Collection Forecast
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today revised the forecast for its 2021/22 New Zealand milk collections to 1,500 million kilograms of milk solids (kgMS), down from its opening forecast of 1,525 million kgMS... More>>