Now in its 17th year, ASB Bright Sparks is New Zealand’s top competition for young inventors.

Find out below how Bright Sparks started, what past winners have gone on to achieve, how the competition works and more.


2016 ASB Bright Spark Success Stories

Where could ASB Bright Sparks take you?

We’re very proud of the success of our previous winners and finalists. They have turned their passion for technology into real success and travelled the world with the help of ASB Bright Sparks. 

Like 2003 Bright Sparks winner Leili, whose interest in technology started in Year 11 at Riccarton High School in Christchurch. Now she works at Google! Read Leili’s story

Then there’s Refael, one of our 2004 winners. Refael won a scholarship to intern with Microsoft in Cambridge, UK and Silicon Valley, California where he worked on the Xbox One. Read Refael’s story

2014 Supreme Award winner Callum from Otumoetai won a $10,000 scholarship from AMP to study engineering at Uni thanks to his impressive Kiwi Drones invention. Read Callum’s story.

2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards

How it all started

ASB Bright Sparks began as an email club started by a chemistry teacher with a passion for electronics. Since then it’s grown into the most popular competition in New Zealand for young inventors.

We now welcome entries for more than just electronics and include inventions focused on software, the environment and science also, plus more traditional engineering- and hardware-focused inventions. Check out some of last year’s amazing inventions .

2016 ASB Bright Spark and The Skills Organisation

In 2016, ASB joined the Bright Sparks programme as our principal sponsor – thanks ASB! In partnership with ASB, we’re back in 2017 continuing to inspire and help you chase your dreams and passions in the exciting tech industry. Your future career could start right here, right now.