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Dig My Idea Māori Innovation Challenge open

Published: 17 April 2018

The Dig My Idea Māori Innovation Challenge is now open.

The competition calls on budding Māori digital entrepreneurs to put their ideas forward and aims to inspire Māori to engage in the digital economy.

Individuals or teams of up to five people can enter Dig My Idea, with $10,000 worth of business start-up assistance going to the overall winning entries in the following categories:

  • Rerenga o te Kora: (15- to 24-year-olds)
  • Muranga o te Ahi: (25 years and over).

Dig My Idea entries must be exciting, innovative, digital and entrepreneurial. They can be anything from an app to a web programme, or even a digital extension of a more traditional business.

Enter the competition

Entries to Dig My Idea close on Sunday 27 May. Enter now.

International success for previous winner

Dig My Idea 2015 winner, Josh Arnold (Ngāpuhi), who jointly won the 15 to 18 year age category, is now studying at the University of California, Davis.

The university is one of the world’s leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions.

Josh’s winning idea was an application to encourage people to socialise with friends in real life. Although it wasn’t feasible to continue in the end, he says the experience took him on a valuable journey.

“Dig My Idea was my first introduction to the business world,” he says.

“It helped me create a vision for my future and this motivated me to work harder at school. This helped me go on to study at UC Davis where I’m finishing my first year studying computer science and biology.

“I have a particular interest in artificial intelligence and how this technology can be applied to make a real global difference.”

Other Dig My Idea events

  • The DIGIwānanga – a mentoring workshop where finalists will pitch their ideas in front of judges – will run from 6 to 8 July.
  • A Dig My Idea hackathon is also being held as part of Techweek’18. This one-day event on Saturday 19 May is designed for Māori with digital business aspirations to come together and use technology to transform ideas into reality.

Ideas as part of the hackathon can also be submitted for the Dig My Idea Māori Innovation Challenge.