About Us

In it’s 18th year, the ASB Bright Sparks programme is New Zealand’s top competition for young inventors. Encompassing all areas of modern technology, it’s the most diverse technology competition in New Zealand. ASB Bright Sparks welcomes entries from more than just electronics and includes inventions with a focus on software, the environment, science, engineering and robotics. You name it, ASB Bright Sparks want to see it.

People involved in the ASB Bright Sparks competition have gone on to do amazing things and found success in industries all over the world. Check out their stories and adventures here.

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“Bright Sparks is an incredibly important part of New Zealand’s innovation landscape"

- Michelle Dickinson, Nano Girl

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Skills Involvement

From humble beginnings in 2000, the Bright Sparks competition started as an email club with a simple stand at a tech expo. Founded by Skills, one of New Zealand’s largest ITOs, and schools extraordinaire Ross Petersen, Bright Sparks was created with the aim of guiding students into electrical engineering pathways and showcasing their amazing talent to the country.

With the inclusion of software and technology, Bright Sparks has grown beyond Skills’ wildest dreams, into a nationwide modern technology competition. Skills has supported the Bright Sparks programme from the start, encouraging teachers and students throughout New Zealand to reach their full potential and put New Zealand on the innovation map.

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ASB Partnership

In 2016, ASB joined the Bright Sparks programme as the principal sponsor – thanks ASB! Skills partnership with ASB means Bright Sparks is back for 2018, continuing to inspire and help young inventors chase their dreams in the exciting tech industry.

“We’re inspired by success. Big or small, every milestone reached by our customers is a success and pushes us to go even further; to do better.” - ASB