Day 4 was a cracker and a huge day for Tauranga’s young innovators. We started the day off with some incredibly inspiring speakers at the Young Innovator Awards Innovation Forum, then the Design the City Experiment team got straight to work with their prototypes to transform the Willow Street bus exchange. The Blue2Green Marine Biotechnology Convention came to a close and the day wrapped at the YiA Awards Ceremony where the winners were announced.

What a day!


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The seemingly hundreds at the Innovation Showcase got to hear about innovation through the eyes of astronauts, athletes and pirates. Aerospace engineer and CEO of Fusion Space Tech, Sinead O’Sullivan spoke about her journey to become the FIRST ever person from Ireland to work for NASA. TBWA Auckland’s Catherine Harris walked us through her OPSM ‘Penny the Pirate’ Campaign, which was awarded the WARC most effective campaign in the world in 2016.

We heard where last year’s YiA winner, Lydia Gilmour is now. And Nike’s own Wade Flanagan told us about how a boy from Omokoroa ended up working in Nike’s innovation kitchen. We even had a visit from the minister of science and innovation!


Young Innovator Awards Ceremony

The day wrapped up at 7pm once this year’s YiA finalists were celebrated and each category’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were announced. Our judges (the Innovation Forum speakers from the morning) agreed: the future is bright! Read about this year’s winners on the YiA website.