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ASB Bright Sparks - a competition for the innovators of tomorrow
Tue, 26th Jul 2016
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ASB Bright Sparks is a nationwide initiative, one that provides a unique opportunity for young minds across the country to tap into their tech potential.

The competition has been running for the past 16 years with a strong focus on cultivating the techies of the future. This year's categories include science, engineering, environment, science and software.

Entries opened in May, and close on the 28th of September, with a share in a prize pool of $10,000 on offer for the winners.

Previous Bright Sparks have moved on to working for global tech giants like that of Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

Some past creations include:

  • My Brain Diary by Sophie Crispe: A brain injury tracking app, initially developed by the 12 year old after her mother suffered a brain injury.
  • Homework App Sync by Kerman Kohli: A homework, test, and assignment organisation tool that helps students submit their assessments on time.
  • Robotic Glass Cleaner by Sohail Abdulla: A window-cleaning robot engineered to help his father who suffered from knee and back pain.

Russell Jones, ASB executive general manager of technology and innovation says the partnership between Skills and ASB is a step in the right direction to help foster education in tech enthusiasts.

“The Skills Organisation and ASB share a focus on youth and innovation, and this is a natural partnership that, I believe, will help boost Bright Sparks' capabilities in discovering New Zealand's young tech talent,” says Jones.

The competition will come to a close in Auckland at the ASB Bright Sparks awards evening on November 1st of this year.

Fore more information visit the Bright Sparks website.