Winners for the 2016 ASB Bright Sparks Awards have now been announced!

Thank you to all the young inventors who entered the 2016 ASB Bright Sparks competition.
Click here to check out our winners


More about this year’s competition:
2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards
  1. Entries close on 28 September 2016.
  2. Open to New Zealand intermediate and secondary school students.
  3. Entry categories this year include:
    • Science: The best science investigation with a technological theme*
    • Engineering: The best invention incorporating hardware and software
    • Environment: The best project with a technological theme* that relates to the environment
    • Software: The best programme, as stand-alone or as part of a project
    • 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
  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 1 November 2016 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.

*Technological theme refers to an idea that leads to a project that contains hardware (electronics), software (programming), mechatronics (smart mechanical) or a combination of these.


2016 ASB Bright Sparks Judges
2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards

Meet our six judges of the 2016 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 Wednesday, 28 September 2016.

Send us an email at to request a free entry pack, which includes free postage for your project.

Remember to check our 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.


Join the forum
2016 ASB Bright Spark Awards

Get your questions answered in our forum.

Connect with like-minded teachers and students who share a passion for electronics, technology and software development.

Here you can:

  • Connect with engineering, science, software, and environmental experts
  • Request and receive advice for your specific project
  • Order FREE parts and components

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Here are some tips to shoot an awesome video!

  1. Keep your video as short as possible – aim for 90 seconds.
  2. Have a neutral background to keep the viewer’s eyes on you and your project.
  3. Include shots of both yourself and your project.
  4. Write a script for yourself and try to explain your project in 2 paragraphs. You only have a short time to explain so keep your presentation to the important parts.
  5. Try and explain the project in plain English - no fancy words! Would your family understand what it is you created? 
  6. Practice by doing a trial filming. If you are a whizz with editing video, then film lots and edit so the best bits are left in. 
  7. Film horizontally to take advantage of the whole screen.
  8. Shoot video in the daylight to ensure lighting is even. Don’t shoot with the sun or a light behind you. Try shooting inside in a room with plenty of light.
  9. Make sure there are no loud sounds around. Filming where there is a main road right outside is probably not a great idea.
  10. Have fun while filming and don’t forget to smile!