About this year’s competition:
2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards
  1. Entries close on 2 October 2017.
  2. Open to New Zealand intermediate and secondary school students.
  3. Entry categories this year include:
    • Science: A technological investigation following a scientific approach i.e. observation, hypotheses, data collection, analysis
    • Engineering: A project that uses elements with electronics, programming, or both.
    • Environment: An environmental protection project involving hardware and/or software
    • Software: A project that contains the best original software. Open-source is allowed, but must be acknowledged.
    • Prizes will also be awarded for Best Overall Male and Best Overall Female
    • A prize will also be awarded for the People’s Choice, the recipient of the most votes from the public at brightsparks.org.nz
  4. Chief Judge – Garry Reynolds, Founder of The Resources Guys and former GM for Motorola NZ, Actronic and Compuspec, returns this year to help in the judging across all categories.
  5. A share in a $10,000 cash prize pool is on offer for the winners
  6. The ASB Bright Sparks awards evening will take place on 7 November 2017 at The Cube at ASB North Wharf in Auckland.
  7. For finalists out of Auckland, travel costs for the finalist and one parent are covered.


2017 ASB Bright Sparks Judges
2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards

Meet our six judges of the 2017 ASB Bright Sparks >>>


How to enter
2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards

The competition is free to enter. You must complete an entry pack and send it back to us with your project no later than Monday, 2 October 2017.

Send us an email at brightsparks@skills.org.nz to request a free entry pack, which includes free postage for your project.

Remember to check our Inventor's forums for advice.


Looking for project idea?
2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards

The best inventions make life easier for the people who use them.

While our judges will be looking for evidence of technological sophistication, it's more important that your project works! While a hover board might make for a fantastic entry, be realistic about your chances of finishing it.

Try using our 'Ideas Generator' sheet to explore your thoughts.


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2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards

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